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Special Events


Snow Trek

Monday, April 24 (optional event) | 6:00 - 10:00 PM

The APWA Iowa Chapter has arranged a very fun evening that will take you on a Trek to some of Des Moines’ most popular brew pubs. Includes appetizers and one drink ticket for each pub. Buses will run between all Snow Conference hotels and four brew pubs – Confluence, Exile, Iowa Tap Room, and the Peace Tree Brewery. Hop on and off the bus whenever you want – stay at one pub all evening or move on and visit them all. You’re sure to run into lots of your Snow Conference friends along the way!

There is no charge for Full Attendee Registrants. Cost is $40 for other participants, including Exhibitors and Guests.
 
You must have a Snow Trek wristband to get on the bus. All full registrant attendees will receive their complimentary wristband and a drink ticket booklet in your registration bag. Exhibitors and guests can purchase the Snow Trek wristband and drink ticket booklet for $40, either on the Iowa Chapter website or on site in the Iowa Hospitality area near Registration.

Snow Trek Transportation
Buses will shuttle between these hotel locations and the Snow Trek pubs beginning at 6:00 p.m. Last bus departs pubs for hotels at 10:00 p.m.

Hotel Pickup Locations:
Marriott – 7th Street side 
Embassy Suites – front drive
Holiday Inn – 7th Street side
Hampton Inn – at the Residence Inn front drive
Residence Inn – front drive
Staybridge Suites – at the Embassy Suites front drive
Brew Pubs:                    


Snow Celebration Reception

Tuesday, April 25 | 6:00 - 9:00 PM

A top attraction in Des Moines, the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, is also the location of this year’s Snow Celebration Reception on Tuesday, April 25.  

This beautiful historic building is the former home of the Des Moines Public Library. The Hall of Laureates has been awarded LEED Platinum certification for leadership in energy efficiency and environmental design. One of only a handful of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places have earned this distinction, making it a model for salvaging historic treasures and transforming them into usable, sustainable, cutting-edge facilities.

Founded by Dr. Norman Borlaug, the World Food Prize is an international award given each year to honor the work of great agricultural scientists working to end hunger and improve the food supply. After winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his own contributions to the world food supply, Dr. Borlaug founded the World Food Prize award to highlight and inspire breakthrough achievements in improving the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world. This prestigious award is often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture.” 

Cost to attend this event is included with each full registration. Snow Conference attendees will have access to the entire facility, including the special 40 Chances Photography Exhibit and other interactive educational exhibits, while also enjoying delicious food and drink at the Snow Celebration Reception.

Learn more about the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates at www.worldfoodprize.org.

Snow Celebration Transportation
Buses will shuttle between these hotel locations and the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Hotel Pickup Locations:
Marriott – 7th Street side 
Embassy Suites – front drive (bus will pick up first at Residence Inn, then come to Embassy)
Holiday Inn – 7th Street side
Hampton Inn – at the Residence Inn front drive
Residence Inn – front drive
Staybridge Suites – at the Embassy Suites front drive
Event sponsored by:          

Committee Meetings

We are delighted that three committees and one subcommittee will be holding their annual Spring Meeting in conjunction with the 2017 Snow Conference. APWA's Technical Committees are focused on specific public works areas and their role is to:

  • provide educational opportunities, information exchange, and representation for the specified topic(s)
  • recommend and advance APWA policies and positions regarding legislation and regulations that affect public works practices in the specified topic(s)
  • provide a forum for APWA members to exchange ideas, technologies, and information on public works practices
  • identify and promote research needed to advance public works practices in the specified topic(s)


The following details information about the committees and how you can get to know them:

Leadership & Management Committee
APWA’s Leadership and Management Committee advances Public Works professionalism through research, application and advocacy of innovative leadership and best management practices. 

The committee provides volunteer opportunities to those that may be interested in leadership and management in public works through a Leadership and Management Knowledge Team. Knowledge Team members will have a unique opportunity to share their input with the Leadership and Management Committee and have a primary role in shaping the future of APWA and public works leaders. 

This year at the North American Snow Conference, the committee will be participating in Monday’s Talk Show, which will include a focus on leadership issues. The committee will also be holding a business meeting immediately following the Talk Show on Monday. Attendees are welcome to stop by to provide input and learn more about opportunities to get involved with the knowledge team. 

Emergency Management Committee
The Emergency Management Committee’s Mission is to provide APWA members with resources and a forum for exchanging and developing ideas, knowledge, and technologies for minimizing the impact and consequences of disasters. It also intends to foster recognition of public works' important role(s) in emergency management, including its strong involvement in mitigation and recovery, as well as to influence public policies that will strengthen the ability of government at all levels to better address disaster management.

The Emergency Management Committee will be meeting on Sunday April 23rd.

Fleet Committee
The APWA Fleet Services Committee will be meeting in conjunction with this year’s Snow Conference. Individuals interested in observing the meeting, scheduled for Sunday are welcome. During this meeting the committee will be formulating their draft work plan for the coming year, refining topics for the day-long PWX fleet workshop in Orlando, and identifying topics for future educational offerings. One benefits of the committee holding their meeting in Des Moines is the opportunity for conference attendees to learn from our national subject matter experts. Fleet management professionals are encouraged to attend the Sunday afternoon session Best Practices for Snow Fleets as well as the Monday afternoon “Top 10 Performance Measures for 21st Century Fleet Managers.” Check the conference program for additional fleet-related educational opportunities.  

Transportation’s Winter Maintenance Subcommittee
The Winter Maintenance subcommittee’s mission is to promote the development and use of the safest, most cost effective, efficient and environmentally sensitive winter maintenance technologies, equipment, materials and practices; thus providing citizens with excellent quality of life during the snow and ice season. The members of the committee are an integral part of the Snow Conference education program. The subcommittee developed and presents the Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate program at the North American Snow Conference as well as in conjunction with Chapter events across North America. The committee will be holding a business meeting on Saturday. April 22nd.  Attendees are welcome to stop by to learn more about what opportunities are available to get involved.

Thank you to our 2017 Snow Conference Sponsors!