2019 TCAPWA/SWANA Conference
NOVEMBER 5-7 in CHATTANOOGA
CHATTANOOGA MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN
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Tuesday, November 5
12 p.m. Golf Outing – Brown Acres
Shotgun Start (Includes box lunch)
2-4 p.m. RoadTec Facility Tour
Wednesday, November 6
9 a.m. Attendee and Vendor Registration Opens
Chattanooga Marriott Downtown
9 a.m. Rodeo Participant Registration
First Tennessee Pavilion
9 a.m. Rodeo Practice Time
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendor/Exhibitor Set Up
Chattanooga Marriott Downtown
11 a.m. Rodeo Lunch at First Tennessee Pavilion
12 p.m. Rodeo Competition Begins
4 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
(Non-Compete Exhibit Time)
5-6:30 p.m. Host Branch Reception and Rodeo Awards
Exhibit Hall Floor
6:30 p.m. Young Professionals Outing (TBA)
Dinner on your own
Thursday, November 7
8-8:50 a.m. Vendor/Exhibitor Breakfast and
Business Meeting - Exhibit Hall Floor
8:50 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
9-9:50 a.m. Technical Sessions #1
Sustainability Efforts For The Central Waste Water Treatment Plant in Nashville
Presenters: Steve Drummer, LDA Engineering; David Adams, Environmental Specialist, Wilmot, Inc.
Summary: The Central Waste Water Treatment Plant (CWWTP) is located in the Germantown and Salemtown neighborhoods of Nashville, which are growing rapidly. The neighborhoods’ property value increased 79% or 30% more than the rest of Davidson County 2002-2017. This project presents a unique opportunity to restore 10-24 acres of Nashville’s downtown core to its natural ecological function. By incorporating low impact development (LID) design through green infrastructure (GI) practices on 10-24 acres of the CWWTP, this project can achieve the 80% runoff reduction goal required of new development, described in Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM) Volume 5. If this goal is met, Nashville Metro Water Services (MWS) will meet 80% removal efficiency of Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and enhance biological diversity in the region, conserving sensitive species and their habitats.
Want To Throw Some Shade? What is Said in Chattanooga…Stays in Chattanooga. Diversity and Inclusion Within Public Works.
Presenter: Kim Strong, City of Chattanooga
Summary: We are living in an era marked by rapid economic, technological and social change. Pressure is felt by all in today’s work environment in each of the aforementioned areas. In response to these stresses,?often there can be an elephant in the room which no one ever deals with, or?simply those conversations that are not had solely due to our inability to communicate them clearly with empathy and respect to one another. Studies have shown that when communication improves, productivity improves. Consistency and a daily practice of company behavior policies are essential for molding a positive workplace. During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to speak on any topic as it relates to diversity in the workplace. Questions will derive from the moderator and the audience.?The moderator and co-moderator will deliver the questions and give attendees an opportunity to ask pre-planned questions.
Contamination Is Silently Sinking Your Recycling Program
Summary: Commodity contamination is in the forefront of the national spotlight. It is cited as a cause for China’s Green Fence, National Sword, and Blue Ski trading barriers that negatively impact today’s recycle markets. This session looks at contamination and its negative impact on local governments’ programs (and more regionally, what it is doing to the mills.)
10-10:50 a.m. Technical Sessions #2
Chattanooga’s East Lake Park Renovation Project
Presenter: David Mason, CDM Smith
Summary: East Lake Park, cited as the first park in Chattanooga, has over the years served as a zoo, a greenhouse for City properties, and an urban fishing location. East Lake pond, approximately 1 3/4 acres in size, is fed by a natural spring. Over time, the pond has been plagued by algae blooms and vegetation overgrowth, resulting in poor water quality and clarity. In 2016, the City of Chattanooga received grant funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation to spearhead improvements within the park. It contracted with CDM Smith to develop a Water Quality Improvement Plan for Lake Restoration and Green Stormwater Infrastructure. The plan was developed through close collaboration with City staff, the East Lake Neighborhood Association, and other local stakeholders. This presentation focuses on the challenges of establishing such a project in an urban setting, and lessons learned during construction.
What Other Cities Do: How Public Works Are Continuing To Do More With Less
Panel Discussion: Multiple Cities/City of Knoxville
Summary: The field of public works has changed significantly over the past thirty years with new technologies, evolving development standards, and changes in public expectations. Have you ever wanted to ask other public works professionals how they handle certain situations or changes??This session is your chance to find out what works, or hasn’t worked, in other communities, and what we might look forward to.?This is a roundtable discussion with leadership from the large cities in Tennessee.?Possible discussion topics might include how cities handle issues such as: homeless camp cleanups, increased maintenance needs of new streetscapes and parks, what technologies are being utilized for greater efficiency, etc. This will be a great opportunity to simply share ideas and contacts to help you address the biggest challenges that public works departments deal with on a regular basis.
Common Suite of Materials to Build a Program
Summary: A recent survey and review of local government websites show a great deal of static, out of date, and problematic pages with confusing or unclear messages. The public has become more savvy in their recycling efforts, often employing “wish-cycling” in their attempts to recycle. This session will look at the use of messaging, and a common suite of materials that local governments can use to improve their recycling messaging (and to hopefully lower contamination that can sink a program.)
11-11:30 a.m. Non-Compete Exhibit Time
11:30 a.m. Luncheon and Awards Presentation
1-1:30 p.m. Non-Compete Exhibit Time
1:30-3:30 p.m. Vendor/Exhibitor Booth Teardown
1:30-2:20 p.m. Technical Sessions #3
Communication is Key: Truth About Government Communications
Presenter: Colline Miller, Public Relations Coordinator, Chattanooga Public Works
Summary:?With time, attention, and strategy, your department can have successful communications. At the Chattanooga Department of Public Works, our personnel totals approximately 34% of all City of Chattanooga government personnel, roughly 700 people. Therefore, the value of quality internal communications is high. If one of our Team members verbally shares a Department message with two other people in their life, and those two people share with two more people, (and this pattern continued one more time), we would have reached 5,200 people with quality information delivered directly from our organization. Pair this with an internal communications strategy, external communications plan, and media relations initiatives, and the goal to reach the majority of customers starts to feel attainable. We’ll discuss how to guide your team towards creating these strategies.
Quantitative Data Management of the City of Chattanooga’s Wet Weather Consent Decree Program
Presenter: Mike Marino, Jacobs Engineering
Summary: Management of any program involves what can be extremely challenging tasks in scope, schedule, and budget. While they are the foundation of a good management program, the solution may be the most difficult to get your arms around and handle. The City of Chattanooga has entered into a Consent Decree (CD) with the EPA in an effort to significantly reduce system inflow and infiltration (I&I) and to ultimately eliminate sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) throughout the system. Jacobs Engineering has contracted with the City to be their program manager to implement the CD program. In this session, we’ll discuss how we regularly track and highlight our progress to effectively meet the program goals and the CD requirements, focusing on quantitative data management and analytics to efficiently guide the capital planning for cost-effective, affordable solutions.
Trash Scouts - A Way to?Embellish Your TTA Experience
Summary: Have you heard of the Tennessee Training Academy (TTA)? If you have and started taking courses, what’s next??This session looks at a TTA program that not only recognizes high performing solid waste professionals but also shares a means wherein they can give back and grow… not just for themselves in the industry, but also to their peers.?“Trash Scouts,” an affectionate term tagged on to the TTA’s Professional Endorsement Program (PEP) drives your solid waste professional experience to the next level.
2:30-3:30 p.m. Technical Sessions #4
Purchasing Agreements and Procurement Methods For Your Fleet
Presenter: Christopher White, OMNIA Partners, Public Sector
Summary: Chris has worked in Cooperative Purchasing full time since joining the staff at TCPN, which was eventually acquired by what is now known as OMNIA Partners – Public Sector. Information provided in the session will include a basic overview of cooperative purchasing and contracts that are available for use by municipal agencies within the State of Tennessee. Cooperative contracts can be used to acquire best value while reducing the administrative burden and cost for public agencies.?OMNIA Partners (formerly National IPA & US Communities) currently has over 300 contracts in its portfolio that meet requirements of the procurement code in Tennessee. Anyone interested in learning more after the session is welcome to stop by the OMNIA Partners booth.
Taking Off: Improving Workflow Using Drones
Presenters: Shane Snoderly, City of Alcoa, and Jim Albert, LDA Engineering
Summary: The City of Alcoa was interested in incorporating UAV’s, (also known as drones), as a tool they could use to improve customer service. Their vision was of a UAV program that could be an effective tool throughout the City departments, potentially for their public works department for water, sewer, electric and landfill management (along with sharing it with the Alcoa police and fire departments for their needs). Alcoa was interested in moving forward but had many nagging questions and concerns. They decided to collaborate with LDA Engineering in Alcoa, partially because LDA has an established UAV program they have used with remarkable success. Join us to learn about how we worked through our challenges, and how you can use our work as a best practice for your building and sustaining your organization’s UAV program.
SWANA SESSIONUnderstanding China’s National Sword and Blue Ski
Summary: China and the Pacific Rim are key players in the international recycling market. As major export partners, these economies closely are tied to what local governments collect, process, and send to market. Supply and demand forces from around the globe can cause chaos here locally. This session will describe how these international impacts are affecting your community programs.
5:00 p.m. Tennessee Aquarium Reception and Tour