APWA FloridaThe Florida LTAP Center is pleased to be partnering with the American Public Works Associates Florida Chapter (APWA-FL) to bring you this webinar.

In the dynamic landscape of funding opportunities, grants stand out as pivotal resources for organizations striving for success. This webinar offers a comprehensive exploration of the strategies and insights necessary to navigate this complex terrain effectively. We will delve into the fundamental principles of grant acquisition, providing practical guidance on identifying, applying for, and securing grants that align with organizational objectives. Drawing on real-world examples and expert perspectives, it will equip attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to unlock the full potential of grant funding, empowering all to drive meaningful impact and achieve goals.

Whether you are a seasoned grant seeker or just beginning to explore this avenue for funding, this webinar will provide a roadmap for maximizing opportunities and realizing success in the competitive world of grants.

The webinar will encompass a presentation followed by a Q&A session, providing attendees with the opportunity to submit questions either during registration or in real-time.

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 that request these during registration. Please note – space for this webinar is limited, and Florida local agencies are being given priority!


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the process of identifying relevant grants and navigating the application process.
  • Equip attendees with practical skills and insights needed to effectively apply for and secure grants.
  • Raise awareness about best practices and strategies for successful grant acquisition.

Panelist Bios:

Mr. O. Tom Ruiz, Public Works Director, City of Miami Gardens: Mr. Ruiz has been in local government for over 30 years. Prior to coming to the City of Miami Gardens as the Director of Public Works, he was in Hallandale Beach as the Operations Manager. Mr. Ruiz has a State General Contractor’s License and has been in the construction industry for over 45 years. Mr. Ruiz holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from NOVA Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Professional Management. He is an active member of the American Public Works Association and a Past President from the Florida Chapter. Mr. Ruiz is the City’s first Public Works Director responsible for the general operations and administration of the department to include City streets, landscaping, and stormwater.

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.

Unlocking Opportunities - Navigating the World of Grants for Success

DATE: Monday, March 18, 2024
TIME: 12:30 to 2:00 PM (ET)