APWA Michigan Chapter President’s Message Oc ....


I hope this letter finds you all doing well after a summer of wonderful weather.  Your APWA Michigan Chapter has been hard at work to enhance the organization for our 700 members.  Communicating more often is one of our goals and reason you’re receiving this email update.  Here are few important items for this update:

  • I am extremely pleased to announce that the APWA Michigan Chapter has been selected to host the 2021 APWA North American Snow Conference in Grand Rapids – commonly referred to as “The Show for Snow”….  This event will showcase Michigan to all 63 Chapters across the United States and Canada.  Grand Rapids actually hosted this same event in 2015 and had a record breaking show.  Many hands will be required from Michigan Chapter members so please look for opportunities to get involved – we will need lots of help to make this an even better show than 2015.

  • Branch Boundary Changes – Over the past 1 ½ years, a Committee comprised of representatives from the Executive Committee and every Branch, reviewed the Boundaries of Michigan’s six (6) Branches to determine if they were still appropriate and should another Branch be created.  This was initiated by a few APWA members in the Lansing area who were interested in starting up a new Mid-Michigan Branch and increasing their involvement in APWA.  As a result, a survey was created and sent to members regarding boundaries.  The survey response rate was fairly high.  Many thanks to all who took the time to respond and engage with your Chapter.  The Executive Committee, at their May meeting, approved the creation of two (2) new Branches as a result of this process – the Upper Peninsula Branch and the Central/Lansing Branch.  Please find attached a map of all Branches, including the two newly formed ones, with their respective contact names/numbers.  A special thanks to Scott Cambensy from Marquette and Todd Sneathen from Lansing for their willingness to assist in forming these new Branches.  If the Branch you are in now is different that before the boundary change and you wish to continue participating in the previous Branch, that is perfectly fine.  Please be involved in whatever Branch you feel comfortable in. 

  • 2018 APWA Michigan Chapter Great Lakes Expo May 22-24, 2018 – We will be returning to the Grand Traverse Resort for the 2018 Conference.  Mark your calendars now!!!  The Chapter is looking at additional partners for this conference to make the conference even better for our members - you won’t want to miss it.  Look for a Call for Presentations coming out shortly - please consider submitting a presentation.

  • Congratulations to our Michigan Public Services Institute (MPSI) on their 25th Year!  This program is an excellent training opportunity for public works professionals to attend.  Many thanks to the MPSI Planning Committee for their incredible dedication in creating an exceptional program.  Registrations fill up fast for this biannual Institute so if you’re interested in attending, please register early.  For more information, please click on the attached link  http://mipsi.org/.

  • Upcoming Educational Opportunity - 2017 DPW Operations/Fleet Maintenance Vendor and Equipment show November 2, 2017, 8:00am – 3:00pm, Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mi.  For additional details and registration information, please click on the attached link http://michigan.apwa.net/EventDetails/12883.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, thank you for being a member of the APWA Michigan Chapter.  If you should have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via email to discuss. 


 James H Hurt, President

APWA Michigan Chapter


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