Event Coverage

Kate Wade

PWX 2019 to Draw Thousands of Public Works Professionals to Seattle

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Thousands of public works professionals will convene in Seattle September 8-11 when PWX – owned and produced by the American Public Works Association – takes place at the Washington State Convention Center. Trade professionals, municipal leaders, government officials and individuals from the private sector are expected to attend to take advantage of learning and networking opportunities focused on the topics of infrastructure, workforce and technical issues facing communities.

The 2019 show is expected to attract more than 5,000 attendees from across the globe, and over 350 of the public works industry’s top suppliers will be exhibiting in nearly 80,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

“The success of our recent PWXes confirms that public works professionals require an all-inclusive, one-stop shop for all their public works and infrastructure needs,” said Scott D. Grayson, CAE, executive director of the American Public Works Association. “Attendees will see and learn about innovative solutions, and trending technologies and equipment, that will help them build, protect and maintain the critical infrastructure for which they are responsible.”

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Kate Wade

EUFMC Aims to Advance Strategies for Fleet Improvement

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After record-breaking attendance in 2018, the Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference is heading back to Williamsburg, Virginia, June 2-5, where it will feature an educational program focused on “Advancing Strategies for Fleet Improvement.”

Earl C. “Duke” Austin Jr., president and CEO of Quanta Services, will deliver the 2019 keynote address. According to EUFMC, Austin has played a fundamental role in Quanta’s significant growth. He spearheads strategic development of the contractor company’s capabilities in assessment, planning, engineering and design, procurement, construction, commissioning, testing, operations and management of infrastructure systems.

Other event speakers are scheduled to include Mark Kelly and Jason Schechterle. Kelly, who has been chosen as the featured dinner speaker, is an American astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain who will offer insights to attendees based on his life experiences. Schechterle is a former Phoenix police officer who will facilitate “Burning Shield,” a safety presentation that chronicles his life after a vehicle fire in which 40% of his body sustained severe burns.

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Kate Wade

Work Truck Week Keeps Growing

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Over the years, Work Truck Week has grown bigger and more robust, providing those in the vocational truck industry with more and more opportunities to discover new products, attend industry-focused educational courses and gain access to professionals who can help them answer pressing questions.

2019 is proving to be no exception. This year’s Work Truck Week – which takes place March 5-8 in Indianapolis – will include The Work Truck Show, Green Truck Summit, Fleet Technical Congress and the very first Manufacturer and Distributor Innovation Conference.

In total, more than 100 companies have already announced plans to introduce new work trucks and equipment at Work Truck Week, and at least 15 OEMs will deliver chassis updates. During these update sessions, company representatives will provide insights into future plans, share technical information, and review body and equipment installation options.

Ninety exhibitors are showcasing new products online prior to the event as part of The Work Truck Show’s New Product Spotlight and Green Product Showcase programs. Offerings range from transmissions and suspensions to trucks and bodies. To learn more, visit the featured exhibitor section at www.worktruckshow.com/floorplan.

Fleet Technical Congress – designed for both established fleet managers and those moving into more senior fleet management roles – will help fleet professionals learn how to leverage new technologies and processes to find sustainable, creative solutions to enhance fleet operations. General education session topics include restoration and disaster recovery planning, work truck design and securing fuel during supply disruptions.

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Kate Wade

ATSSA’s 49th Annual Convention Puts a Spotlight on Roadway Safety

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For the 49th year, the American Traffic Safety Services Association will produce the ATSSA Convention & Traffic Expo.

The 2019 event – which takes place February 8-12 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida – is being billed as the premier roadway safety event in the U.S. It is expected to draw an estimated 3,500 roadway safety professionals and transportation officials from around the globe, who will have the chance to walk more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring the industry’s latest products and services. A wide variety of traffic safety solutions, roadway safety vehicles and heavy equipment, ranging from striping trucks to truck-mounted attenuators, will be on display. ATSSA’s New Products Rollout – which attendees can check out on the exhibit floor – also is back, this time with some changes from years past.

Beyond products and services, the convention is set to offer a variety of educational options, including hour-long concurrent sessions on February 11 and 12, for which attendees can receive continuing education units; Traffic Talks delivered by roadway safety experts and ATSSA staff on the exhibit floor; and ATSSA training courses available before the convention and expo begins. Visit http://expo.atssa.com/education.html to review the full education schedule.

Another highlight of the annual ATSSA Convention & Traffic Expo is attendees’ opportunity to meet and network with industry leaders, business professionals and peers. Among the special events planned for the 2019 event are the Chairman’s Reception, the Opening General Session and Breakfast, the New Member and First-Time Attendee Welcome, and the Circle of Innovation, Solutions Edition. The Opening General Session will feature several industry guest speakers, including John Corbin of the Federal Highway Administration and Amy Ford of the Colorado Department of Transportation. The Solutions Edition of the Circle of Innovation is new for 2019; according to ATSSA, the event will focus on solutions that state departments of transportation have implemented to improve safety.

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