APWA Florida

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has developed a program to enhance the effectiveness of agencies and their competencies in the public works field. This multifaceted program is designed to provide guidance and technical resources to agency managers as they seek to evaluate and upgrade the performance of their agencies. The panel discussions will offer insight into how other agencies managed their day-to-day operations to complete the self-assessment and achieve the Accreditation designation. The intent is to share leadership and management strategies that any agency can use to develop high performing teams.

The Florida LTAP Center is pleased to partner with the American Public Works Association (APWA) Florida Chapter to bring you this virtual roundtable and panel discussion. This webinar is provided at no cost and will award a certificate to those fully attending and completing the webinar. Professional Development Hours (1.0 PDH) will be provided to those that request these during registration.

Please note – space for this webinar is limited, and  local agencies are being given priority!

By attending this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. Learn best practices to improve agency’s operations proactively.
  2. Understand the benefits and commitment to accreditation.
  3. Discuss systems and tools used to become high performance team.

Instructor Bios:

Laurie Bishara, Budget Manager, City of Coral Springs Laurie Bishara is a Budget Manager within Budget, Strategy and Sustainability. She is responsible for managing various funds within the city’s $250 million budget and capital improvement plan. Additionally, Bishara is a business partner to the Public Works and Police departments.

As a member of the Budget & Strategy team, Bishara takes part in the planning and implementation of the city’s strategic financial planning and budgeting programs, including the strategic plan, annual business plan, annual performance-based operating and capital budgets, and performance management process.

The Budget and Strategy team has earned the department of the ICMA Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management, the GFOA distinction Budget Presentation Award and recognized from GFOA for Special Performance Management and Special Capital.

Prior to joining the City of Coral Springs in 2014, Bishara worked at the City of Parkland as a Financial and Procurement Analyst as well as held various accounting roles in the private sector. Bishara received her bachelor’s in Accounting from Long Island University.

Photo of Speaker Tracy HollandTracy Holland, Accreditation Manager, APWA  Tracy Holland is the Accreditation Manager at the American Public Works Association (APWA). In this role, Tracy looks after all aspects of agencies working toward Accreditation, including self-assessment training, agency support, practice reviews and evaluation coordination.

You may know Tracy as she is no stranger to the government or the public works industry, having spent 18 years in the Public Works Department with the City of Punta Gorda, FL.

Tracy has Bachelor of Science in Management from Hodges University and an Associates of Science in Business Management from Edison State College. While in Florida, she was an active member of the APWA Florida Chapter, serving on the Executive Board and the SW FL Branch Chair.

To discuss the Accreditation program and how to get your agency started, contact Tracy by email at tholland@apwa.net or phone (816) 595-5294.

Photo of speaker Deborah SnyderDeborah Snyder, Public Works Director, Sumter County, Florida Sumter County Public Works Director/County Engineer since September 2018.
• 35+ years experience
• Seven years in the private sector
• 28 in the Public Sector, working in City, County, State, and now County Government again
• Bachelors in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University—Fenn College of Engineering
• Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida
• Professional Engineer in Florida for about 30 years
• Professional Traffic Operations Engineer since 2012
• Current Chair of the Transportation Professionals Certification Board
• Local Agency Member of the FDOT Greenbook Committee
• Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents (FACERS) Secretary
• Current Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Chair for Lake Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (LSMPO) 

Photo of speaker Brian UsherBrian Usher, Former Public Works Director, and Past APWA President 2015 Mr. Brian R. Usher retired as Director of the Department of Public Works for the City of Largo, having served the City in that capacity since 2007. He supervised a staff of 154 full-time personnel providing maintenance services to the City’s 78,000 residents. He led this organization to Accredited Public Works Agency status in 2008, with re-accreditation in 2012 and 2016. This Accreditation was accomplished in under 14 months, and was the 50th Accreditation awarded.

Mr. Usher was named one the American Public Works Association’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2005. Mr. Usher is an active 40 year member of the American Public Works Association where he has served in numerous leadership roles both locally and nationally. In 2011 Brian was elected to the APWA Board of Directors as Director at Large – Fleet and Facilities. He also has served APWA in numerous areas, including six years on the Emergency Management Committee, being chair of that committee for the two-term limit. He served as the Chair of the APWA Homeland Security Task Force in 2002-2003, reporting the work of that group to both the Board of Directors and House of Delegates. Brian served as the Chair of the Engineering and Technology Committee in 2010-2011.

He has been a strong advocate for the Public Works role in Emergency Management for many years. Based upon his performance during state-wide Emergency training, Mr. Usher was invited was invited to participate as an adjunct instructor for DHS-FEMA at the Emergency Management Institute, a role he has filled since 1997. During this time he has instructed/exercise controlled courses in the IEMC program, including All-Hazards, Hazardous Materials, Hurricane, and Earthquake, including both the Preparedness & Response and Recovery & Mitigation segments of these courses. Additionally, he has instructed the EOC/IMT Interface course at EMI for the past two years. Mr. Usher lives in Largo, Florida with his wife Teri. 

Moderator Bio:

Addie Javed, APWA FL Leadership & Management Committee Chair and Development Manager, The Kercher Group – a Mott MacDonald Company: Addie Javed is a former Municipal (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). He has more than 27 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. At Kercher as the Managing Director of Operations he has oversight of the Florida based projects, and as a Public Works and Administration subject matter expert supports project teams nationwide.

Path to APWA Accreditation

DATE: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
TIME: 11:00AM to 12:00 PM (ET)