Snow professionals heading for Lexington

If spring blizzards don't keep them home, more than 1,000 ace snowfighters of the United States and Canada will meet in April to discuss the stickiest — or iciest — snow problems.

The most comprehensive conference on snow and ice management in North America — the American Public Works Association's North American Snow Conference — takes place April 25-28, 2004, in Lexington, located in the heart of Kentucky's famous and scenic Bluegrass Region.

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Housed at downtown's Lexington Convention Center, the 2004 Snow Conference offers a unique learning experience, combining three days of educational opportunities with time to network with manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other public works professionals. Attendees will discover the latest snow and ice control trends and technologies by visiting the exhibit floor and attending educational sessions in winter maintenance. Three general sessions will be presented, along with over 30 educational sessions and roundtables on anti-icing, fleet and equipment, chemical selection, operations management, GPS/AVL, RWIS and more. The 44th annual North American Snow Conference is designed to inform, inspire and motivate you.

Public works exhibits

More than 100 companies will showcase all the products and technologies you need in snow and ice management and winter operations. You can see what's new, collect information to make wiser purchasing decisions, compare products and services and network with manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other snowfighters. For a current list of exhibitors, visit the Snow Conference section of the APWA Web site at www.apwa.net/meetings/snow.

General sessions and keynote speakers

Opening General Session — Sunday, April 25. Dr. Carl Hurley, a nationally recognized educator-humorist from Kentucky, will be the featured speaker at the Opening General Session. Hurley, a former professor of education at Eastern Kentucky University, mixes wit and academic insight as he reflects on life as viewed by a native of the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky.

General Session “Talk Show” — Monday, April 26. Are snow ordinances enforced in your community? Do you have a public and media communication strategy? You want citizen appreciation, and at the same time you need them to be cooperative to get your job done. In this face-to-face “talk show” style session, a panel of public works and winter operations leaders will give you the honest answers on what works in their community and what doesn't. Come prepared, as this interactive session will give you ample time to ask questions.

Panelists include Barry Belcourt, director of road maintenance, City of Edmonton, Alberta, and member of APWA's winter maintenance subcommittee; Kevin Koch, P.E., chief highway engineer, Philadelphia Department of Streets, and member of the winter maintenance subcommittee; and Jerry Pickett, streets superintendent, City of Greeley, Colo., and former member of the winter maintenance subcommittee.

Closing General Session — Tuesday, April 27. Tim Gard, CSP, nationally recognized humorist and authority on stress reduction through humor, will help you unlock the power of your own “Comic Vision,” improving your relationships and turning adversity into an advantage.

Let's Get Educated

More than 30 concurrent educational sessions will be presented at the conference, with titles ranging from “Utilizing Melters for Snow Elimination” to “A Leader's Role in Snow and Ice Operations.” Those who attend each year reap the benefits of hearing professional and technical speakers and engaging in interactive sessions. Each year, the roundtable discussion groups are also very popular and provide an invaluable forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues from various countries.

About Lexington…

The City of Lexington is located in the famous Bluegrass Region, a thriving area nestled in the heart of Kentucky. It's the perfect combination of breathtaking countryside and cosmopolitan amenities. With more than 450 horse farms in the area, Lexington is known as the Horse Capitol of the World. For more information about Lexington and the Kentucky Bluegrass Region, visit the Lexington Convention Bureau Web site at www.visitlex.com.

Register Now!

Anyone responsible for snow removal and ice control would benefit from attending the 2004 North American Snow Conference. Registration can be performed online at www.apwa.net/meetings/snow. For more information or to receive a copy of the complete preview program, contact APWA at (800) 848-APWA or at snow@apwa.net.

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