When and where will Congress be held?

Congress will be held August 30-September 2, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Congress Highlights



What does full registration now include?

Back by popular demand! Again this year we simplified the registration options and added value to what you get as a fully-registered delegate. Not only will you continue to have access to all education sessions, the exhibit floor, all special events, and lunch on the exhibit floor Sunday and Monday, your full registration will also include:
  • A downloadable version of the recorded education sessions following the event—full registrants no longer have to pay up to an additional $229, and you get the value of all recorded sessions all year long.  
  • Free CEUs from Congress—your registration now covers the $20 processing fee  
  • Access to Workshop Wednesday and the Public Works Stormwater Summit—including your choice of tours and demonstrations
Click here to register online. To download the registration form click here*.  Click here for registration fees. 
The 2015 Congress Registration Fees are the same costs as last year.

Can I register for Congress online?

Yes. Click here to register.

Are there other ways to register for Congress?

Yes. You can mail your Pre-Registration Forms* to:
American Public Works Association  

PO Box 843742

Kansas City, MO 64184-3742

You can also fax your Pre-Registration Forms* to:

You can also register onsite during Congress.

What are the hours for onsite registration*?

Saturday, August 29
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 30
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, August 31
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, September 1
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, September 2
7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*Times are subject to change.

Can I register to visit the exhibitor floor only?

Yes. The cost is $40 USD per day. Click here* to download the registration form.


Can I register for the Public Works Stormwater Summit separately?

Yes, you may.  Register via Congress online registration. We offer it as a standalone registration category and will include access to the exhibit floor. 

Who do I talk to if I have questions about registration or payment?

All questions regarding registration or payment should be directed to APWA’s registration company at 224-563-3152, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST, or e-mail

I have registered for Congress but am unable to attend. Can another member from my agency go in my place?

Yes. You may have a colleague substitute for you. Send a fax to: 708-344-4444. Or e-mail your substitute to

How much does it cost to attend Congress?

Click here for registration fees or to download the registration form Click here*.

Is there a special APWA membership offer to nonmembers, and how do I take advantage of this offer? Where do I send my registration and application forms?

APWA offers you two ways to join APWA and save money!  
  1. Join APWA before you register and save $225 on your Congress registration. First-time members can join APWA for as low as $90 USD/$100 CAN for a savings of more than $89!
  2. Join APWA when you register as a nonmember. Check the box to become a member and receive your first year of membership free ($179 USD value).
By joining APWA, you’ll be tapping into a network of thousands of public works experts, some in your neighboring communities and others halfway across the globe.

To join, go to or call 800-848-2792 to talk with an APWA membership specialist.

If I fax in my membership application, am I still able to take advantage of the member rates for Congress?

APWA must receive payment for membership dues before you can take advantage of the member registration rates for Congress. Membership payment should be sent to APWA, P.O. Box 802296, Kansas City, MO 64180-2296, or you can pay by American Express, MasterCard or VISA. Call 800-848-2792 or click here to join online today.

Is there an Early Bird Discount?

Yes. The Early Bird Discount has been extended to Wednesday, July 10, 2015.  If you register before then, you can save $50 on full Congress rates. Click here to see registration fees. Click here to register online. 
Click here* to download the registration form.

What is the deadline for pre-registration?

The deadline for pre-registration is August 14, 2015. After that date, registration will be onsite only.

How do I register my family?

You can add a guest/spouse to your registration either online or on the downloadable registration form, which you can either mail or fax. Or, once you have completed your registration, you can visit Attendee Dashboard  to register your guest/spouse. Children under the age of 18 must be registered onsite.

What is your cancellation policy?

All cancellations or requests for refunds must be made in writing. A full refund, less a $125 USD administrative fee, will be issued if written notice is postmarked by July 24, 2015. No refunds will be issued on requests made after July 24, 2015 or for an amount less than $125.  All refunds will be issued no later than 30 days after Congress.


Stay at one of the official Congress hotels and save money on your Congress stay. To take advantage of the special APWA rates, you can make your reservations online, fax or mail this form or call 1-800-262-9974, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST until Friday, July 15, 2015. When calling be sure to tell the agent you are attending the APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Phoenix. After this date, the discounted APWA rates may no longer be available. Beginning Wednesday, July 15, 2015, all reservations must be made directly with the hotels and special APWA rates are on an availability basis only, hotels going rate may apply.
You can download a PDF map* of the area for hotel locations.

Which hotel is Congress headquarters?

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is the headquarters.

What are the Congress hotels and room rates?*

*All rates are per room and are subject to 12.3% tax (subject to change). Additional guest charges may apply.

  1. Hyatt Regency Phoenix*
$139 USD single/double–per/day
  2. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown*
    $145 USD single/double–per/day
  3. Renaissance Phoenix Downtown*
    $139 USD single/double–per/day


What kinds of ground transportation are available to and from the airport?

Please visit the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for available ground transportation options.


Where can I find a listing of the education sessions?

You may also view all current sessions by date or sessions by subject.

What is a CEU?

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally accepted measure of participation in continuing education activities. It is a valuable tool for showing employers and professional licensing authorities that you are adding new skills and staying current with today’s ever-changing workplace. APWA is an International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) Authorized Provider of CEUs. This designation demonstrates that APWA’s Continuing Education programs comply with recognized standards for program development and learning outcomes and are recognized by multiple state licensing boards and certifying bodies.
AGAIN THIS YEAR—You can earn CEUs for attending the Exhibitor Solution Theater presentations on the exhibit floor!


What is a PDH?

The Professional Development Hour (PDH) is a term established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) “Continuing Professional Competency Guidelines” for Professional Engineers (PE). In these guidelines, NCEES defines the equivalency between CEUs and PDHs as: 0.1 CEU (1 hour of instruction) = 1 PDH. (Important note to Florida and New York Professional Engineers: APWA is an approved Florida Board of Professional Engineers provider of Continuing Education. The State of New York recognizes APWA as an approved training provider by virtue of APWA’s standing as an IACET Authorized Provider of CEUs.)

Can I earn CEUs for participating in the education sessions?

Yes. CEUs will be awarded for attending Congress education sessions, workshops, Exhibitor Solution Theater presentations and workshop/tours.

What is the fee for obtaining a CEU Transcript indicating my attendance at APWA Congress Education Session?

Good news! The fee for obtaining a CEU Transcript is included in your Congress full and daily registration fees! So no additional payment is necessary.

How do I obtain CEUs for attending Congress Education Sessions?

APWA uses an electronic system to track attendance at education sessions. The Congress name badge has a bar code on it that contains identifying information specific to each person. To obtain CEUs for the sessions you attend, you MUST have your badge electronically scanned by the room monitors at the end of each session. You must attend the entire session or workshop to be eligible to receive CEU credits.

Where do I turn in my CEU Request Form?

To comply with CEU recordkeeping standards, those wishing to have their scan data entered into the APWA CEU system must complete a CEU Request Form. A CEU Request Form will be distributed inside the onsite Congress Registration Bags or you may download a form at APWA’s CEU webpage. You may turn in your completed forms either at the onsite APWA Congress Bookstore prior to leaving Congress, or by mailing the form to:
APWA CEU Program
2345 Grand Blvd., Suite 700
Kansas City, MO 64108

After turning in my form, how do I obtain the CEU Transcript?

Within four weeks of receiving your CEU Request Form, APWA will enter all of your data into the system and then send you an e-mail notice with instructions for downloading your CEU Transcript from the APWA CEU web page.

What is the online library?

One of the benefits of registering for the full APWA Congress (Sunday–Wednesday) is free access to the 2015 APWA Congress Online Library. You can download or stream the audio and view the PowerPoint slides of those Congress speakers who have given permission to have their presentations recorded. Within 4 weeks ofyour return home, all full registrants will receive an e-mail with notification of your download access code for the online library. This is a wonderful way to share the important information learned at Congress with your employees and co-workers. For daily registrants or those who cannot attend the 2015 Congress, you will have the option of purchasing either individual session recordings or the full Congress package by using the online order form at


What are the special events this year?

Click here for a detailed list of the special events planned for this year.


When and where are the chapter dinners held?

Most chapter dinners are Tuesday, September 1. For information on chapter dinners, contact Rhonda Wilhite at 816-595-5261 or e-mail Current information on chapter dinners will be available in the APWA Congress registration area at the Phoenix Convention Center.


What is the Expo Experience?

The 2015 exhibit floor isn’t your ordinary exhibit floor—it’s an EXPERIENCE. Yes, we’ll still have the great lineup of vendors you’re used to seeing with outstanding product displays covering over 80,000 square feet, fabulous prize drawings, lunch on the floor, and exhibitor solution theaters every hour.
We've added so much more to the experience, you might have a hard time leaving! When you’re not in an education session, you’ll want to check out all of the action at the EXPO EXPERIENCE, Booth 1453. We’ll be bringing you live interviews with session speakers throughout the week, you’ll have multiple opportunities to connect with your colleagues, we’ll have more prize drawings than ever, you can discover the newest “Apps in Public Works” and, as always, you can keep up with your friends and colleagues at the cyber stations.
If that isn’t enough to get you on the exhibit floor to enjoy the EXPO EXPERIENCE, then how about this—
  • Again this year, you can earn CEUs for attending Exhibitor Solution Theater presentations!
  • We’re building Central Park right on the exhibit floor!
  • And that’s not all! Back by popular demand we’ll have Happy Hour on the floor. But not just on Sunday afternoon anymore, it’s EVERY DAY! Our exhibitors will be sponsoring beer on the floor all week long so you can enjoy a cold one while kicking a few tires.
The 2015 EXPO EXPERIENCE will be a place to LEARN, DISCOVER, and HAVE FUN! So put it in your plans now—we know you’ll want to spend a few more hours at the EXPO EXPERIENCE, Booth 1453.

When will the exhibits be open?

Sunday, Noon – 4 p.m.

Monday,10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

When is the non-compete time for exhibits?

Sunday, Noon – 3 p.m.

Monday, 11 – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Can I bring my child with me to visit the exhibits?

Yes. APWA allows children to visit the exhibit floor during regular exhibition hours. For safety, anybody under 18 must be registered onsite and be accompanied by an adult. The parent/guardian must assume all risk and is responsible for the safety of the child. Children can only be registered onsite beginning Saturday, August 29. No children will be allowed on the exhibit floor during installation and dismantling of the exhibits.
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