2020 was a year that challenged us to educate, and connect solely through digital means. While we miss everyone, APWA is proud to see how we did -- OVER 1,000 attendees to online training and networking sessions!! A huge thank you to the Board who stepped up to additional duties, as well as providing expertise as speakers in many cases. We applaud you and thanks for staying on an extra year!
2021 looks like it will continue to challenge us to grow and we are ready.
2020 The Seasons By the Numbers
Since March 27(2 weeks after schools closed in most areas) APWA WA Chapter launched their webinar series initially focused on Emergency Management which was launched by Donald Huling and Kirk Holmes..
By the end of Spring, APWA had done 7 webinar trainings and had hosted475 attendees at our trainings. We also did our Project of the Year awards through press releases and media and were awarded 3 National Project of the Year wins!
During the Summer we launched new online meeting tools for committees that needed a way to connect. Emerging Professionals Committee and chair Brenna Harrington launched their Virtual Happy Hour series on job skills in the time of COVID. Diversity Committee chaired by Joshua Cheatham kicked off their series on people of color in response to the Chapters request for more dialog specific to our industry. The Marketing Committee helmed by Grace Richardson also spearheaded a Committee needs check-in. The Board strategic initiatives defined by our 2020-2025 strategic plan were in full swing for Voice, Value, Education & Networking, and growing a Diverse Membership.
In the Fall the Conference Committee pivoted to a full virtual Fall Conference with 18 educational sessions many of which were accredited which was attended by 233 people who watched 694 sessions along with participating in 9 networking opportunities. The Conference maintained an "in the black" balance by keeping a shoestring budget and recognized our industry leaders through the Excellence Awards.
Fall also brought online training from the CAEC (Melissa Jordan & Judy Issac) and MPAC (Patty Buchanan) committees which focus on contract management and public administration respectively. And the Chapter awarded 2 scholarship recipients for both a university and tech school for a total of $10k thanks to the Scholarship Committee chaired by Justin Matthews.
In Winter the webinars concluded with a total of823 attendees over 14 sessions which when combined with our Conference is a total of 1,056 attendees!