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Phoenix: APWA 2015 Congress & Expo

APWA is the American Public Works Association, and the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition has always drawn thousands of public works professionals from all over the world. When it comes to public works, one size apparently does not fit all, so defining the term can be problematic. Even APWA members have trouble arriving at a common definition; because of the multi-faceted, ever-evolving nature of public works, we may never arrive at a comprehensive idea of what PW quintessentially is. Yet Public Works is the heartbeat of any city, developing and maintaining buildings, roads, water systems, solid waste handling and administration. The people who work in PW are solving some of the toughest problems faced by our communities, our country, and our world. The gathering also provides public works departments with much-needed community outreach resources. There were more than 125 technical and professional development sessions presented by experts and industry vendors. The thing about Public Works? Well, when you do it in Public, it has to Work…. #APWAExpo #PWX

Phoenix: Outsourcing World Summit – IAOP®

“Though there has been an evolution in the outsourcing industry, one thing hasn’t changed: outsourcing is a winning strategy”, was the message we heard at the IAOP Outsourcing World Summit in Phoenix.  What followed?  “We’re being inundated with a stream of new technologies and innovative approaches from shared-services to cloud sourcing”, we heard, “from insourcing to hybrid sourcing, automation to service integration.  These challenge the very principles on which organizations operate, as well as presenting unparalleled growth opportunities. Traditional outsourcing relationships have developed into strategic partnerships. Collaboration is key”.  The event was a temporary home for three days to a global community of over 800 professionals.  You were rubbing shoulders with CEOs, COOs, CFOs and other members of the corporate ‘C-Suite”; Directors and Managers, Professionals from HR, Finance, Purchasing, Legal, Administration, IT, Facilities,  Manufacturing, Logistics, Service Delivery and related business functions.  Turned out every job was up for outsourcing except the job of the guy you were talking to…  #IAOP

Phoenix: Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conf – ALEA

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  Is it Superman?  Well, yes, yes and yes, since we’re talking about the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference, or ALEA, a non-profit educational, individual membership organization, founded in 1968 to support and encourage the use of aircraft in public safety. The association has over 3,000 members strong from the international to the local level.  The event included technical briefings, as well as a demonstration of unmanned aerial systems designed for law enforcement applications.  Then there was what the organization calls the “pig pickin,” a complimentary barbecue and social event held at Chase Field. Following the meal, FLIR Systems, maker of thermal imaging equipment, hosted its annual awards ceremony, where crews who made significant criminal apprehensions or recoveries of missing people over the past year were recognized.  Superheroes all!  #Aviation

Phoenix: ACMG

March 19-22, 2013. The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics advances the practice of medical genetics and genomics by providing education, resources and a voice for more than 1600 biochemical, clinical, cytogenetic, medical and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors and other healthcare professionals committed to the practice of medical genetics. ACMG’s activities include the development of laboratory and practice standards and guidelines, advocating for quality genetic services in healthcare and in public health, and promoting the development of methods to diagnose, treat and prevent genetic disease.  These professionals  plan and coordinate large-scale screening programs for inborn errors of metabolism, hemoglobinopathies, chromosome abnormalities, neural tube defects and other genetically-influenced conditions. As genetic factors underlying diseases become better understood, professionals in this medical specialty are increasingly called upon to manage complex patient care that cuts across many different specialties.  Gene genies….

Phoenix: NIGA

March 24-27, 2013. NIGA is the big one if you are something to do with Indian Gaming.  The National Indian Gaming Association’s Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention is the nation’s premier Indian gaming event, where Indian gaming executives, buyers, and industry professionals meet to conduct serious business.  No-one currently doing business in or wanting to begin doing business in the Indian casino-entertainment industry feels like they can afford to miss being a part of the Indian gaming industry’s number one event.  How is “Indian” actually defined, though?  A Sovereign Nation defines its own membership, and each of the nation’s tribes set their own rules for inclusion. A degree of Indian blood is necessary for membership in any tribe, although the percentage of Indian blood required for membership varies among tribes. Most tribes require a person to show one fourth quantum blood degree of his tribe’s blood to be an enrolled member. There are things that tribes don’t gamble on…

Phoenix: Border Security Expo

March 12-14, 2013. With the national debate on immigration hotting up, border security is one topical issue, and the state of Arizona is a place where the debate is particularly animated. The big theme this year was “Disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal organizations”.  Pictures of drones were prominent on many displays, which was a potent clue to how a lot of the “disrupting” is likely to be approached.  Teams of experts were on hand — former law enforcement and government officials, as well as industry veterans, who volunteer on advisory boards and direct conference agendas. This organization aggregates information, intelligence and knowledge, and then expertly creates superior, relevant and timely conferences that attract thousands of law enforcement professionals.  One session was titled “A Multi-layered Approach Case Study: Southwest Border Operational Coordination of Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement”.  If only transnational criminal organizations could be ‘coordinated’ as easily…

Phoenix: AAHA

March 14-17, 2013. How many veterinarians, exactly?  The AAHA Phoenix 2013 Yearly Conference had a total of 3,691 attendees, including 1,233 veterinarians, 297 practice managers, 272 technicians, 219 veterinary assistants and support staff, 104 veterinary and veterinary technician students, 45 other professionals, 525 guests, and 996 exhibitor personnel. This so-called “sizzling hot experience” had something for everyone,  including practice owners and managers, associate veterinarians, technicians, assistants, and client-focused professionals.  They covered everything from A (anesthesia) to Z (zoonotic diseases), capturing the latest diagnostic techniques, advances in therapeutics, and the most sophisticated methods of practice management so delegates could implement cutting-edge knowledge immediately. Folks could even watch an actual surgical procedure live on a giant screen, receiving constant play-by-play explanation by the surgeon.  Scalpel… swab…  doggie bone…