City Manager Jon Ruiz will present the keynote address on March 18 at the spring conference of the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association at Valley River Inn. Ruiz served at public works director in Fresno, Calif., and Ogden, Utah, prior to coming to Eugene in 2008. Ruiz as named a Top 10 Public Works Leader by APWA in 2001.
Other City presentations at the three-day conference include a technical session on Eugene’s ADA transition plan with Nancy Burns, Jenifer Willer and Erica Abbe; a “Hard News” media panel moderated by Eric Jones; sessions on “Learning to Connect, Connecting to Learn” with Robert Tintle and Robert Brack; a presentation on “a bike network that people use” with Reed Dunbar and Lindsay Selser; sessions on the Polk Street water quality facility with Doug Singer and the use of cement slurry paste with Kerry Werner; and a discussion around addressing homelessness in Eugene’s parks and natural areas with Craig Carnegy.
The conference also will feature technical tours of Amazon Creek restoration projects and the regional wastewater treatment plant and Biocycle Farm.
The Oregon Chapter of APWA is an association of more than 800 professional engineers, technicians, operations staff, public works directors, business people, contractors, consultants and many others who join together to exchange ideas and information, promote education and training, and work as a team to meet professional and community needs. The association holds semi-annual conferences at various locations around Oregon.