Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall/Winter 2022

Fall/Winter 2022 59 APWA INSIGHTS Jay Goldie Looking back at 2022 Events The leaves have turned, fallen, and hopefully been swept up, (if not call your local public works department). Old Man Winter is making his annual appearance as 2022 is winding down. Looking back at the year the Colorado Chapter of the APWA has done some great things for the public works community around the State. 2022 marked the 60th anniversary of the Colorado Chapter serving professionals in all aspects of public works, including not only personnel from local, county, state, and federal agencies, but also private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals. The Colorado Chapter prides itself on its ability to provide variety of educational and networking opportunities that help public works personnel grow in their profession and improve the quality of life in the communities they serve. I hope you have taken the time to participate in some of the conferences and educational offerings that are provided by the Chapter throughout the year. Including the West Slope Conference, Inspectors Conference, Western Snow & Ice Conference & National Snow Roadeo, and Annual Chapter Conference. Checkout the Chapters website for these events in 2023 and many other training opportunities including the Public Works Institute. The Rocky Mountain Public Works Institute provides a regional program that educates and elevates public works employees, helping them achieve their management and leadership potential through interactive classes taught by experienced public works officials. The Institute follows the proven APWA model that has been successfully implemented by several other APWA chapters throughout the country. Head to the Chapters website to get information on these offerings as well as may other networking opportunities. At the National Level APWA also provides educational and learning opportunities including a number of certifications. APWA’s certification programs provide a strong benefit to the public works industry by promoting experience and excellence leading to an improved workforce and improved delivery of services. If you are looking to take the next step in your career or for opportunities to advance your staff there are a numerous certifications available including; Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP), Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII), Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM), Certified Public Works Professional-Supervision (CPWP-S), Certified Public Works Professional-Management (CPWP-M). The National APWA website has information about these certification programs and much more. . Would you like to get involved? The Colorado Chapter is always looking for volunteers to participate in the committees that organize and run all the great conferences and events each year. Volunteering is a great way to network and become involved. Contact me directly and we can talk about all the opportunities to volunteer. As a comprehensive resource, APWA Colorado continues in its rich tradition of making a difference for public works professionals. The author Jay Goldie is CPM Deputy City Manager/Public Works Director City of Cherry Hills Village at 303.783.2731 or