Engineering & Public Works Institute Overview

The Engineering & Public Works Institute is a workshop track, within the general agenda of the League's Annual Conference, designed to answer the continuing educational needs of municipal engineers and public works directors and staff.

Each year, the EPW Committee members review workshop proposals and suggest workshop topics that would be most useful for Professional Development Hours (PDH), building the agenda for the EPW Institute.  This track always contains an opening day roundtable for discussion of hot EPW topics and a closing day workshops devoted to ethics and leadership .  The workshops chosen to fill out the agenda are topics the Committee believes will most benefit public works staff and directors.  Engineering & Public Works track  workshops are marked with an asterisk (*) on the Conference Agenda.

While this track is designed with engineers and public works staff in mind, everyone is welcome to attend the workshops on this track. 

Attendees interested in PDH credit should take a documentation sheet that will be available for pick up in workshop rooms and use these, in combination with confirmation of Conference registration, as the proof of attendance.

Many workshops outside the EPW track may be of use to municipal staff from EPW departments, and documentation can be produced for any of the Conference workshops, though we can't guarantee an audit of PDH topics would approve all the workshops.  Please email to request non-EPW track documentation, and we will work with you to have paperwork available for pick up at the Conference..    


2019 Engineering & Public Works Committee


Amber Thomas, Director of Public Works, Grafton

1st Vice Chairman

Josh Radomski, Director of Public Works, Menasha

2nd Vice Chairman

Dan Koski, Director of Public Infrastructure, Manitowoc


Matthew Lindstrom, Public Works Operations Manager, Elkhorn

Past Chairmen

Rick Schmidt, Public Works Director, Nekoosa

Tom Pinion, Director of Public Works, Baraboo

Roger Strohm, Director of Public Works, Fredonia

Greg Lee, Director of Public Works, Dodgeville

Rob Vanden Noven, Director of Public Works, Port Washington

​Engineering & Public Works Institute Agenda

  1. Wednesday, October 23
  2. Thursday, October 24
  3. Friday, October 25

8:00 a.m.         Registration Opens!

8:30 a.m.         Mini Bar: A New Round of FUNdamentals for Municipal Attorneys

9:00 a.m.         Deep Dives (2-hour workshops)  

  • Bus Tour: Northern Renewal - Tour of Green Bay and Ashwaubenon
  • Human Resources 101, Lisa Bergersen, City of Pewaukee
  • Innovative Housing Solutions, Kurt Paulsen, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison

10:00 a.m.       Exhibit Hall Opens!

Noon               Light Lunch Buffet in the Exhibit Hall

1:00 p.m.         League Annual Business Meeting

1:30 p.m.         Running an Effective Meeting (Mock Meeting), Mark Thorsby, FrontWheel Consulting

3:30 p.m.         Engineering & Public Works Roundtable, Moderator: Rob Vanden Noven, Director of Public Works, City of Port Washington

4:45 p.m.         President's Reception (hors d'oeuvres and drinks in the Exhibit Hall)

5:30 p.m.         Raffle Drawings for Exhibit Hall Gift Baskets

6:30 p.m.         Table for 10 Networking Dinner