ADVERTISING PARTNERS Register online at www.westernsnowandice.com | 3 The 2020 ‘Virtual’ LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN On behalf of the APWA Colorado Board of Directors, Western Snow and Ice Conference and National Roadeo Committee, we want to thank you for your years of support for the annual conference. This year would have marked the 40th Western Snow and Ice Conference and National Roadeo. This conference has provided training and education to over 1200 attendees yearly. The committee is honored to have your loyalty and has made it a goal to continually make improvements to each successive conference. I appreciate the responsibility and trust involved in helping shape this great Conference and Roadeo for continued success in the future. The world and the way we do business is different than we have ever experienced. Transportation maintenance operations are deemed essential services, and our work in snow operations remains as essential as ever. Even in these times it is necessary to prepare our personnel, update snow routes, policies, coordinate with other agencies, maintain equipment, update contractor bids and review granular or liquid deicers needs. Our conference committee has been meeting to look for ways to support the needs for education and training for the upcoming winter season. Throughout this public health crisis, one thing has remained constant, the conference committee is dedicated to our members. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on physical conferences it is with great regret that we will not be meeting in person at our annual conference. However, I am pleased to let you know that in teaming up with Professional Snowfighters Association and vendor sponsorships we are able to provide 8 virtual sessions during the month of September. Creating an event that, to the extent possible, will provide the information and networking opportunities you would normally experience by attending the conference in person. This is a unique opportunity for you to hear directly from your peers, professionals and vendors on the latest development in snow operations. This is also a chance to learn how to develop a Roadeo course to train operators. The Virtual Sessions will include interactive Questions and Answer periods, panel discussions and virtual networking opportunities with fellow delegates and speakers in a chatroom environment. The best news is, there is no cost to attend. The Virtual Training Sessions start the first week in September. Details can be found in this publication of the Colorado Public Works Journal and on our website https://www.westernsnowandice.com/. I really hope everyone will take advantage of the free sessions. You will also be able to view recordings of the sessions after the live virtual presentations. We look forward to seeing you at any or all of the 2020 virtual offerings. Yours sincerely, Larry Schneider, Chairman 40th Annual Virtual Western Snow & Ice Conference and National Roadeo Are you prepared for Winter? Do not miss this opportunity!