PWX 2020 Cancelled
It is with great disappointment that we must announce that PWX 2020 will be canceled. The APWA Board of Directors, after very careful consideration, unanimously decided to cancel PWX 2020, to have been held in New Orleans. The Board of Directors took a number of weeks to consider all options and collect as much data and information as it could. Ultimately, the decision came down to taking into account your health and safety and that of the APWA staff. While we believe this is the best conference in the world, no conference is worth putting people at potential health risk.
Our intended meeting venue, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, is closed to the public and is being used as a field hospital for COVID-19 patients. As of April 27, there have been 26,773 cases of COVID-19 and 1,670 deaths within the state of Louisiana. The largest concentration of cases and COVID-19 related deaths have been in New Orleans. On April 15, the Mayor of New Orleans extended the Stay at Home order until May 16. With all of these uncertainties and health risks we believe it was in everyone’s best interest to cancel PWX this year.
We want to extend our gratitude and appreciation for the hard work that the Host Committee and the Louisiana and Mississippi chapters have put into what would have been the best PWX yet. We know it is disappointing to plan for so long and have to cancel our great get together. This is an event that we all look forward to all year long. The amazing keynote speakers, over 150 educational sessions, exciting exhibit hall and the incredible networking and fun will be sorely missed this year. While nothing can replace the PWX experience our staff has already begun planning for a digital online experience for you. So hold the same dates as PWX (August 31-September 2) on your calendar. We will be providing you with more information as it becomes available. We still plan to offer a great educational experience and maybe even an online happy hour.
We know this is a very unusual time, but we will get through this together. We want you to know that your APWA family is here for you and will continue to provide you with valuable resources and experiences that will help you in advancing your career and to do your jobs.
We very much look forward to getting together with you next year in St. Louis. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
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