As we reach the midpoint of the year, the rain has stopped, the sun is out, and many projects are under way. If you are like me, you have to stop and think, wasn't it just February? While we are all extremely busy with our jobs and the many public works projects we are associated with, APWA has been just as busy at the National and Oregon Chapter levels. National continues to recognize the outstanding members of the Oregon Chapter. As many of you know Jeanne Nyquist was selected as a Top 10 recipient, and we look forward to celebrating with her at the fall conference.
Additionally, Matt Rodrigues from the City of Eugene has been tapped to chair National’s Center for Sustainability. Tony Roos has been selected to serve on National’s Awards Committee, Mike Bisset was appointed to Nationals Public Works Projects of the Year committee, and Mike Adams from the City of Toledo has been appointed to National's Small Cities/Rural Communities Committee. Kurt Corey and Michelle Cahill from the City of Eugene have been recognized by National for their years of service to APWA and its membership at the national and chapter levels. Both obtained Life Membership status. Thank you Kurt and Michelle for your service to your community, the chapter, and it’s members! Your professionalism and leadership has helped establish the Oregon Chapter as one of the top chapters in the nation.
In addition to recognizing the quality of the Oregon Chapters membership, National also recognizes their expertise. The Kane Drive Washout Emergency Repair project in Gresham has been selected by National as a Project of the Year.
The Oregon Chapter, along with the Washington State, Colorado, Alaska, Utah, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia chapters, are the members of Nationals Region IX. Our regional director Jill Marilley, has been tapped by National's nominating committee as president-elect on the slate of officers for the upcoming National election.
One of my goals this year as president is to enhance and strengthen chapter relationships, both professionally and personally, and between other professional organizations. A major step in this direction was the recent agreement between the Washington State and Oregon chapters to begin a reciprocal exchange program between our boards at our respective conferences. I attended Washington State's spring conference in Tacoma this April. While I learned that we may be different in size and in what each chapter does, we are also very similar in the challenges that we face. A member of their board will be attending our fall conference in Pendleton. It was very educational, and informative. I look forward to the continued success of this program and the growth of the relationship between the chapters.
The Oregon Chapter continues to be busy with luncheons in Portland, Eugene, and at the coast, with many great presentations and excellent attendance. These offer great opportunities to continue to build upon the personal and professional relationships that help make our chapter one of the best in the nation.
Plans are well under way for our fall conference, which will be held October 17 – 20, 2017 in Pendleton. Conference Chair, Bob Patterson always puts on an outstanding conference, and I look forward to seeing everyone in October.
Wishing everyone a safe and fun summer!
Russ Thomas, 2017 Chapter President
Hands On at Short School
Bill Buterbaugh, lead maintenance worker for the City of Eugene, checks out an exhibitor's display at the spring 2017 Street Maintenance and Collections Systems Short School at Eagle Crest. Bill was one of 164 students and 19 exhibitors at the training. The next school is Oct. 24-26 in Agate Beach (Newport). Registration will open in August.
Tech Session Abstracts for Fall Conference Due June 26
The Oregon Chapter of APWA is requesting technical session presentations for the 2017 Fall Conference, which is taking place October 17 - 20, 2017 in Pendleton. Abstracts for technical session presentations are due June 26, 2017. To provide a diverse conference program, we are targeting approximately two to four sessions from each of the following categories:
Nyquist Named APWA 2017 Top Ten Public Works Leader
KANSAS CITY, MO. - Nyquist & Associates President Jeanne Nyquist of Tigard was recently named to the American Public Works Association national 2017 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year for North America. Each national Top Ten Public Works Leader will be honored during the Awards Ceremony of the APWA 2017 PWX annual conference taking place in Orlando, Florida, during August 27-30 at the Orange County Convention Center. Nyquist will receive the Top Ten Public Works Leader award locally on Thursday, October 19, at the APWA Oregon Chapter Fall Conference.
The APWA Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year program honors excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials from both the public and private sectors. As one of the most prestigious awards presented by the association, the Top Ten Public Works Leader award is given to honor the public works professional’s career, in which he or she demonstrated excellence in public works, services and infrastructure in his or her community through advancement of public works services and technology.
Nyquist has more than 30 years of experience managing transportation, water, and public works and parks services for municipal, county and state government, as well as unique industry insights from her long-time involvement in APWA. As a consultant, her responsibilities include organizational development, change management, strategic planning, policy development, leadership and team training, and asset management. She is also an accomplished speaker and trainer who draws on her leadership experience to enhance personal and professional development.
Prior to forming her consulting company, Nyquist served as Maintenance Bureau Director for the City of Portland from 1999 through December 2004. Her bureau maintained transportation, stormwater and wastewater infrastructure. Nyquist provided leadership to a staff of 450 people and managed a $49 million annual operating budget. She was responsible for overall management of the agency, including strategic planning, asset management, performance management, policy development, public information, and reporting to the City Council. During her tenure in this position, she implemented a computerized infrastructure management system to collect data on transportation infrastructure inventory and condition, and she sponsored development of strategic asset management plans for $6.3 billion in transportation infrastructure.
From 1988 to 1999, Nyquist was Public Works Division Manager for the City of Portland, Office of Transportation and Maintenance Bureau. She was responsible for the traffic control system, pedestrian facilities, street cleaning and roadside maintenance operations and organizational support functions including loss control, human resources, training and administrative support. She conducted long-range planning, organized work and provided leadership to a staff of 75 in five departments. Nyquist was a champion of the use of advanced technology, and served on an agency steering team to plan and implement a transportation infrastructure management system (IMS). The IMS replaced a legacy maintenance management system, providing updated capabilities to capture and analyze infrastructure condition and cost information.
For more information about APWA National Awards Program for the Top Ten Public Works Leaders, visit National APWA's web site.
Are you or someone you supervise interested in furthering your career in public works, and want some quality managerial training? There is no better place in Oregon than APWA's Northwest Public Works Institute.
The Institute is comprised of three week-long intense trainings: Public Works Essentials (December), The Developing Leader (April) and Public Works Leadership (November). Each class is awarded 3.0 General CEUs, and Developing Leader and Public Works Leadership have additional CEUs for wastewater.
Trainings are held to a maximum of 40 students to allow a high ratio of student/instructor interaction. Comments about the classes have included "life changing" and "best public works education . ..period!"
Currently, Public Works Essentials and Public Works Leadership are open for registration and Developing Leader (April 10-13, 2018) will be opening soon. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get the skills you need to advance your career!
The Many Views of Gizmo
By current Gizmo guardian Ken Stoneman
Picture this: a beautiful piece of art could be your proud possession for six months, to be proudly displayed in your office (like it is in my Salem office at David Evans and Associates) – and it makes a great conversation piece, too!
Picture this: Here you are at the next APWA conference minding your own business when your name starts popping up as a potential Gizmo winner! “How in the world did my name come up? Was it a brilliant threat or comment I made?...”
Picture this: Votes start coming in with your name on them. “Oh my gosh - they can’t be serious, can they? Maybe I’d better start campaigning for someone else so I won’t have to take this brute home!”
Picture this: The votes keep climbing, and you are starting to panic. “Holy cow – I don’t want to get saddled with this thing!” You dig out your checkbook or credit card and start buying votes for someone else so they will “win.”
Picture this: Whew!! All the votes have been tallied, and you slipped by without “winning” (unlike me at the spring conference in Seaside) – thanks to the last minute votes that you and others bought for the winner. “What a relief!”
Picture this: The total contribution are tallied, and more than $10,000 has been contributed to the Oregon Chapter of APWA’s Scholastic Foundation. This will directly result in continued and expanded distribution of scholarships to Oregon student pursuing college education and degrees in public works related programs.
Picture this: Very deserving college students are notified they have been selected for a generous APWA Scholastic Foundation scholarship for the upcoming year. Many times this generous gift can make the difference in determining if the student can continue pursuing a college education in the public works field. This is really the most important picture of all!! We are making a difference in personal lives, as well as preparing our future work force!
Picture this: Here you are at the next APWA conference minding your own business when your name starts popping up as a potential Gizmo winner! “How in the world did my name come up? Was it a brilliant threat or comment I made?... I think I’ll dig into my pocket and start contributing to the future of deserving young people coming.” Remember – your votes really do count!
Jesus Magdaleno Oregon State University Past Presidents Scholarship My name is Jesus Magdaleno, and I want to thank you very much for awarding me this APWA scholarship. It means a great deal to me that people like you care enough about students like me to provide such valuable assistance. Things have not always been easy for me. I grew up in Compton, California in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and at that time it was considered the most dangerous place in the country. I attended Compton Community College and LA Trade Tech for one term each after high school, and then put a long pause on my education. As a young man in my 20s, I started in the construction field and eventually became a finish carpenter. After being laid off from my job when the construction bubble burst in 2012, I decided to go back to school and chase my big dream of becoming a civil engineer. I also met my wife at that time, and since then we have had two beautiful little girls. I spent two years each at Rogue Community College and SOU working on my pre-engineering courses, and I am SO happy to finally be at OSU on the last leg of my journey towards my degree. I am honored that you chose me as an APWA scholarship recipient, and thank you again.
Greetings from the APWA Oregon Awards committee, and thank you all for a wonderful spring conference!
A highlight from the awards at spring conference was the announcement that Jeanie Nyquist will be awarded the National APWA Top Ten Public Works Leader award. We are very proud of her, and she gets to go to PWX in Florida to receive her award. For the Gizmo Award, I had the distinct pleasure of getting rid of, I mean passing on, the Gizmo to Ken Stoneman of David Evans and Associates. It’s amazing to believe that Ken has been such a fixture of APWA and public works for so many years and only now wins the Gizmo. Ken, you truly deserve the honor.
In other exciting news, the chapter just received notice that the City of Gresham, MEI Group, and Murray, Smith, & Associates, Inc. will be awarded a National APWA Project of the Year award for the Kane Drive Washout Emergency Repair project. As many of you heard during the fall 2016 awards banquet, this is a truly deserving project. Thank you all who helped support the Oregon Chapter by submitting award applications to National. Thanks to our applications, the chapter once again is hopeful of receiving the Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE). What an amazing chapter!
And lastly, be aware that an email blast will be going out shortly with information regarding award nominations for projects of the year, Everyday Heroes, Young Leaders, and Bulldog Communicators. Award applications are due by Thursday, August 31, 2017. Get your nomination forms filled out and sent in. Please head to the application section of our web site for more information. The more submissions the better.
Public Works Day proved inspirational yet again in Eugene. More than 2,700 people took a tour of Eugene Public Works’ Roosevelt Yard. The smiles were abundant as children met Lily the Frog, learned about and climbed on heavy machinery, climbed through culverts and played a wastewater version of bean bag toss. The event is an annual tradition for many families living in the Eugene area. Check out how communities throughout North America celebrated National Public Works Week on Twitter (search #NPWW).