Kansas City skyline at dawn.
Adobe Stock/bev Kansas City skyline at dawn.

In its ongoing effort to foster technical and cultural exchange between municipal and public works engineers worldwide, the International Federation of Municipal Engineering (IFME) is co-locating its 19th annual convention with the American Public Works Association (APWA) PWX annual convention Aug. 26 through 29, 2018, at the Kansas City Convention and Entertainment Center. Designed for professionals at all levels and across the entire spectrum of public works, PWX provides numerous ways to acquire continuing education credits (CEUs) and/or professional development hours (PDHs) via 125 seminars and workshops. You don't have to worry about missing any sessions to check out vendors exhibiting at the trade show because APWA carves out generous non-compete time.

“We're thrilled to be hosting the joint APWA/IFME conference,” says APWA KC Metro Chapter President Tim Ross, PE, senior vice president of GBA Master Series Inc. in Lenexa, Kan. “Fascinating projects are under way that create opportunities for technical tours. Our good neighbor chapters in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri will lend a hand so we can be sure to serve everyone’s needs when they arrive.”

Kansas CIty's new streetcar, which serves the downtown area from the River Market to Crown Center and Union Station, is a 2017 APWA Project of the Year (Transportation: more than $75 million). Conference attendees can hop on and off to check out restaurants, live music, and art galleries.

Need something to help talk your boss into letting you go? Download this justification letter. Thanks, APWA!