Sep 18
Sep 20

2018 Iowa Streets and Roads Workshop and Annual Conference

Event Details

Ames, Iowa


Quality Inn and Suites Conference Center
2601 East 13th Street
Ames, Iowa 50010


September 18, 2018 — September 20, 2018


Workshop | September 18, 2018
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Conference | September 19, 2018
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.


5 Credit Hours

Event Contact
Beth Richards
InTrans, SUDAS

About the Workshop

Looking for tips on team development? Attend this year’s workshop to hear about leading and motivating teams, managing conflict, and so much more! As a bonus, you will also receive a credit in the Leadership Institute.

About the Conference

This year’s conference is sure to be one you won’t want to miss! Along with a slate of several relevant presentations, you can look forward to “mousetraps and gadgets” and roundtable discussions. Attendees will have ample time to meet with their peers and many exhibitors.

Note: Attendance to either the workshop or the conference is not necessary to participate in the other.

Download the participant brochure PDF

Who Should Attend

All public employees are invited to attend. Anyone who is in a leadership position, such as a first-line supervisor, or aspires to be in such a position will especially benefit from the workshop. Secondary road and street maintenance supervisors and staff will especially benefit from the conference.

Scholarship Opportunity

We are offering a limited number of scholarships for first time attendees. Please contact Beth Richards at 515-294-2869 or for more information.

Workshop and Conference Credits

Attendance at the workshop and conference will each provide contact hours toward the Iowa Roads Scholar program.


Rooms are available at the Quality Inn and Suites (515-232-9260) for $93 plus tax. Mention “Streets & Roads” to get the special rate. The block will be released on August 31, 2018.

Mousetraps and Gadgets

Do you have an innovative idea or invention that has reduced costs or improved efficiency in your agency? Let us know about it! A prize will be given for the best mousetrap or gadget! Contact Beth Richards at 515-294-2869 or

Tentative Agenda

Day 1 | Tuesday, September 18, 2018

TimeEvent Details
8:00 a.m.Registration
8:25 a.m.Welcome / Introduction
8:30 a.m.Why Do We Need a Time
9:00 a.m.Selecting and Training New Employees
9:30 a.m.Break
9:45 a.m.Labor Relations
10:30 a.m.Hiring and Problem Employees, Part 1
11:15 a.m.Hiring and Problem Employees, Part 2
12:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m.Managing Conflict
1:45 p.m.Effective Delegation and Employee Empowerment
2:30 p.m.Break
2:45 p.m.Leading and Motivating Teams
3:20 p.m.Evaluations
3:30 p.m.Depart for Optional Ames Water Plant Tour


Day 2 | Wednesday, September 19, 2018

TimeEvent Detail
8:00 a.m.Registration
8:30 a.m.Welcome
8:45 a.m.How Do You Want to be Remembered? (Keynote Speaker)
9:45 a.m.Reclamation of Seal Coat and Gravel Stabilization
10:15 a.m.Break / Vendor Time
10:45 a.m.Service Bureau Update
11:30 a.m.Granular Road Stabilization with Recycled Asphalt Shingles
12:00 p.m.Lunch
1:30 p.m.Load Securement
2:15 p.m.Introduction to the New Silica Standard
2:40 p.m.Break / Vendor Time
3:10 p.m.Bridge Preservation: Deck Epoxy Injection to Extend Service Life
3:40 p.m.Temporary Rumble Strips ion Work Zones
4:00 p.m.Drone Usage in Public Works
4:30 p.m.Award Presentations
4:45 p.m.Door Prizes
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Vendor Time / Social Gathering


Day 3 | Thursday, September 20, 2018

TimeEvent Details
8:00 a.m.Roundtable Discussions and Reports
9:30 a.m.Business Meeting / Elections
9:35 a.m.Mousetraps and Gadgets
10:00 a.m.Break
10:15 a.m.Verbal Defense and Influence
11:45 a.m.Door Prizes



If you have questions, contact Beth Richards at 515-294-2869 or

Event Sessions

Optional Tour of Ames Water Treatment Plant

Join us on our tour of the new City of Ames Water Treatment Plant. Space is limited to 50 people, so register early!

DATES September 18, 2018
CAPACITY 50 Spaces Remaining

Ames Water Treatment Plant
1800 East 13th Street
Ames, IA 50010