2018 President

Thanks for visiting and welcome to the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association! 

We think you will find our Chapter offers something of interest for everyone involved in the Public Works field.  Please browse the website to find information about our upcoming events, a new job, or our history.

We are now in the second year of our newly created Illinois Roads Scholar Program!  This program is designed to train public works technicians in core skills, improve their communities, and help elevate those in the public works profession.  The program was a sold-out success in its inaugural year and we hope that this trend will continue in year two. There are now two tracks running out of the three-track program planned. Thanks go out to our Education Committee and of Event Facilitator, Steve Ludwig, for their efforts in making this a success! This year’s program will take place May 7-11, 2018 in Effingham, IL at the Thelma Keller Convention Center.    

The Chapter is also continuing its efforts with the now two session program (spring and fall) of the Illinois Public Service Institute (IPSI).  Public Works Managers can attend in either Spring (April 22-27) or Fall (October 7-12).  This expanded program is a direct result of the overwhelming interest of our members and to the credit of the Event Facilitator, Lew Bender. They will also be held in Effingham, IL at the Thema Keller Convention Center. See the Events portion of the website for details.

If you missed it last year, please join us this year at our annual Chapter Expo and Roadeo.  It will be taking place on May 23-24, 2018 at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park.  Please come out and support your favorite teams in both the Snowplow and Front-End Loader contests!

We will continue planning many other great events for you attend, including our Annual Awards (March 16), Golf Outing (June 28), and Holiday Party (December 13).  Come meet other members of your profession in a more casual atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you there!

Remember that our profession includes some of the most dedicated people anywhere and that everything we do makes the lives of others better! I am fortunate that I am able to serve as the 2018 President for the “Best Chapter in the Nation”. It is our members that make this statement true and I am honored to represent you.

If you want to volunteer for the Chapter or any Branch, please let me know.  Active volunteers are our lifeblood. 

For more information, visit our follow us on Twitter at @APWAChicago and on Facebook at APWA Chicago Metro.  



 John R. Briggs, P.E.

2018 Chapter President

Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc.



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