President’s Message – January 2015

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you all had a safe and fun holiday season and you are ready to get cracking this year with Nor Cal APWA. As a chapter we had many successes in 2014 which means we have to work twice as hard to make 2015 even more successful.

With that thought in my mind I asked myself, and some others in our chapter, "what defines success for our APWA chapter?" The answers that I got were extremely varied on first glance but, when looked at a second time, could be distilled down to a few key ideas and deliverables.
1. Training and educational opportunities for the members and staffs of our local agency and industry partners
2. Interaction and networking among our members at both the agency and industry levels
3. Involvement by all levels of folks throughout our area
These items will help provide a roadmap for 2015 for our chapter.

First off, we are looking at expanding our education seminars this year to new areas and new topics. You can expect to hear more news on this in your upcoming weekly emails. Secondly, our Special Events, Membership and Emerging Leaders directors are planning events to get folks together, talking and networking. Some of those events are listed in the weekly eblast. Lastly, we are planning cooperative meetings this year with the Maintenance Superintendents Association, the North Bay Engineers, and various ASCE chapters that fall within our chapter boundaries.

With all this work to do, we need help at Nor Cal APWA. We need you, the members, to get involved. The chapter runs because of volunteers and we are running short of those. The monthly workshops & luncheons, the education sessions, the special events and networking sessions, the golf tournament, the annual public works conference all take time, effort and, mostly, people to put them together and make them successful. Please consider getting involved! If you aren't sure how to start that process, send me a personal email at
scott.dmytrow@telfercompanies.com and I'll help you find the committee or group that you are interested in and that needs you.

The last item for this message, and the first one to be implemented in 2015, is a change chapter communications to you, our members. Starting immediately, Nor Cal APWA will only send you one email message per week via Constant Contact. This will arrive in your inbox on Monday afternoon and will discuss all the items that are pertinent with the chapter for the next few weeks/months. If you agency has a problem receiving emails from Constant Contact, please talk to your IT folks and ask them to whitelist Constant Contact. 

Thank you for electing me as your President for 2015. I promise to work hard to continue the success of the Nor Cal APWA Chapter.


2015 Executive Board

Past President - David Ferguson
President - Scott Dmytrow
Vice President – Brian Balbas
Secretary – Edric Kwan
Treasurer - Phil Harrington
Chapter Delegate - Joubin Pakpour
Director of Membership – Joseph Ortega
Director of Special Events – John Medlock
Director of Education – Andrew Clough
Director of Emerging Leaders – April Malvino

2014 Awards Nomination Submittals
Deadline to submit is to January 12, 2015

Let’s recognize the outstanding individuals, groups and projects representing the best in the public works profession. Submit your nominees and project before January 12, 2015, click here for more information and categories.

About Us:

The American Public Works Association (APWA) is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services.

Chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world with over 28,000 members. The Association currently consists of 67 Chapters throughout North America of which the NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER is one.

The NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER covers eleven counties in northwest California. San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, plus northern San Mateo.

Formed in 1947, the NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER was the first APWA Chapter "west of the Mississippi."

We typically meet the fourth Thursday of the month and are always looking for volunteers. Please check our events page for upcoming luncheons.

What We Do:

  • Monthly lunch meetings (except July and August)
  • Guest speakers on timely topics
  • Annual public works agency internships  (Summer)
  • Educational seminars and satellite video teleconferences
  • Technical field trip
  • E-Blast and Website Updating with listings of seminars and jobs available
  • Annual awards program recognizing people, projects and contractors in Public Works (February)
  • National Public Works Week activities (May)
  • Holiday Party with East Bay Municipal Engineers (December)
  • Joint meetings with other associations (ASCE, SAME, EBME, MSA)
  • Committee activities (technical and non-technical)
  • Northern California Public Works Conference -annual 2 day seminar on repair and maintenance in Public Works (November)    
  • Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament (July)                                                                                                                    

See our Annual Report prepared  by Joubin Pakpour, Chapter Delegate 2014

(Stay tuned for Update)

2014 Internship Program

(Stay tuned for Update)

Check out photos from our latest events

Click here to see our albums

Latest Job Announcements

Learn more about the Public Works Institute

Become a Northern CA Chapter Member
Click here for membership application

Check out the members library
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2014 Chapter Liaisons to APWA Committees and Programs
Click here for Committee Descriptions
Click here for Committee Liaison Form 

or join us at our next executive committee meeting

To be added to our informational e-blast list please e-mail our chapter administrator at apwanorcal@gmail.com

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