APWA Florida

Public agencies and local governments are navigating unprecedented challenges, requiring them to excel in planning, responding, and recovering during periods of disruption and uncertainty. As a cornerstone of our communities, Public Works and Utilities must take a leading role in fortifying the resiliency of infrastructure assets. Asset resilience is not a fixed destination but an ongoing commitment that spans every stage of the asset lifecycle. Resilient organizations continually seek ways to enhance the ability to transform and adapt, whether in the planning, construction, or management of public infrastructure assets. Diversifying infrastructure investments can enhance overall network resilience.

Local government leaders should proactively engage in learning, adapting, and emerging stronger to meet the evolving needs of our communities. This interactive webinar will equip participants with digital transformation strategies and essential resiliency programming, taking into account various public works and utilities divisions and operations. Digital transformation involves leveraging advanced data analytics to deliver more intuitive services and create smarter communities.

The webinar will include a presentation followed by a Q&A session, with attendees able to submit questions either during registration or in real-time. The Florida LTAP Center is pleased to partner with the American Public Works Associates Florida Chapter (APWA-FL) to bring you this webinar.

This webinar is provided at no cost and will award a certificate to those fully attending and completing the webinar. Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDHs) will be provided to those who request them during registration. Please note – space for this webinar is limited, and Florida local agencies are being given priority!


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how the fusion of resilient principles, digital transformation, and asset management shapes purpose driven agencies.
  • Learn about industry best practices to remain flexible, responsive, and well-prepared.
  • Learn how to use available resources to become a high-performing agency that delivers safe, top-quality services to the communities we serve.

    Panelist Bios:

    Yvonne Douglas, Director of Asset Management, Atlanta BeltLine, Incorporated: Yvonne Douglas brings over 20 years of leadership in the Sustainable Operations Management Industry. Since relocating to Metro Atlanta in 2007, Yvonne has worked for Atlanta Public Schools (Project Manager for Energy and Environmental Services) and two local governments (City of Roswell, Deputy Director Public Works/Environmental and City of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Department of Aviation’s Assistant Director of Asset Management). She most recently worked with Trimble’s Asset Lifecycle Management Operations under the Owner and Public Sector Local as a Business Development Executive for Southeastern States. Yvonne serves on the Boards for the American Public Works Association (Metro Atlanta’s Vice President), Council of Minority Transportation Officials (Atlanta Chapter’s Membership Chair), and City of Atlanta’s Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission. Throughout her career, Yvonne has proven that she is an energetic leader who is passionate about the environment and how society can work to minimize our daily impacts for a safe, efficient, and sustainable future. Her favorite Native American Proverb is, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” This quote highlights Yvonne’s commitment to making a positive impact for not only the present but knowing that our decisions will affect our future generations.

    Mark Rice, Director of Public Works, City of Marietta, GA: Mark Rice began his career in local government over 25 years ago. Rising up from the ranks of mechanical inspector, he held many positions as he was needed. Beginning with a city in Tennessee close to his hometown, he tasked himself with truly “mastering” the profession. He dove in and achieved certifications in fire protection, building codes, management, and more. As his career grew, he became certified in the highest levels of the building codes and public works professions. He became a Certified Building Official, Master Code Professional, Certified Public Works Manager, and obtained accreditation from the International Accreditation Service for the City of Kennesaw Building Services Department, becoming the first building department in the State of Georgia to achieve this recognition. On the management side, Mark developed full standard operating procedures for both the City of Kennesaw and City of Marietta. While managing in Kennesaw, he was responsible for multiple departments, Building Services and Building Maintenance. Mark is now the Public Works Director for the City of Marietta where he has been instrumental in creating and maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and credentials for public works, sanitation, plan review, and building services. He instituted the digital plan review and permitting system for Marietta also. In 2023, he led the efforts in obtaining accreditation from the American Public Works Association for the City of Marietta Public Works Department.

    Moderator Bio:

    Addie Javed, APWA FL Leadership & Management Committee Chair and Vice President, Epic Engineering and Consulting Group: Addie Javed is a Vice President at Epic, and is responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and technical leadership in the building of business practices. He is a former City/County Engineer and Public Works Director, nationally recognized by the Engineering News Record (ENR), National Civil Engineering News Magazine and Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA). Addie is a Gator and a Spartan at heart. He has more than 28 years of technical, administration, management and supervisory experience leading diverse teams and managing multiple Capital Improvement projects and programs. Mr. Javed has strong background in Public Works, Environmental Management, Utilities, Infrastructure, Asset Management, Sustainability, Solid Waste and Sanitation, Strategic Planning and Performance Measures, Emergency Response and Operations, Operations and Maintenance, Community development and Legislative policy making.

    Empowering Public Works through Purpose-Driven Digital Transformation and Asset Management

    DATE: Wednesday, April 17, 2024
    TIME: 12:30 to 2:00 PM (ET)
    LOCATION: GoToWebinar