County Engineers Workshop

Michigan CEW

February 9-10, 2021   |   Virtual Event

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County Engineers Workshop


The Michigan County Engineers' Workshop (CEW) is a workshop open to engineers, engineering consultants, public agencies, and County Road Association of Michigan associate members. At CEW, industry experts and peers present innovative ways to build, manage, and maintain roads and bridges. CEW provides an opportunity to learn about the latest research and legislation affecting the construction and maintenance of county roads and city streets. Participants will also learn about equipment, products, and services that are relevant to the needs of county and city road agencies.

CEW is a conference of the County Road Association of Michigan. It is hosted each year by the Center for Technology & Training (CTT), home of Michigan's Local Technical Assistance Program. For more information on the program and for registration information, please explore the tabs, above, on


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Join us for the 2021 County Engineers' Workshop! Registration for the 2021 CEW virtual event is now open. The event flyer lists presentations and speakers for the 2021 County Engineers' Workshop.

The registration fee includes:

  • Full access to all technical sessions and networking opportunities
  • Full access to the conference site including access to digital conference handouts and other digital materials


NOTE: Michigan Tech reserves the right to use any screen captures, audio recordings, or pictures taken during this event for advertising and/or instructional purposes.


CANCELLATION POLICY: No-shows and cancellations within three business days prior to the workshop or conference will be charged the full registration fee. Substitutions will be accepted.


Questions? E-mail or call (906) 487-2012.




The Michigan County Engineers' Workshop counts for instructional hours for continuing education for professional engineers. The number of hours is noted in the conference flyer. The CTT's continuing education policy is available at




2019 County Engineers Workshop Mark Your Calendar



1. Federal-aid 101 Basics
Ted Burch, MS, PE—Federal Highway Administration
Eric Purkiss—Federal Highway Administration

2. Federal-aid 101 Basics (cont.)
Ted Burch, MS, PE—Federal Highway Administration
Kelly Crannell, PE—Michigan Department of Transportation
Tracie Leix, PE—Michigan Department of Transportation
Eric Purkiss—Federal Highway Administration

Video of Federal-aid Basics 101

3. MDOT's New Direction
Tony Kratofil, PE—Michigan Department of Transportation

4. Roundabouts: Washtenaw County Experiences
Matthew MacDonell, PE—Washtenaw County Road Commission
Mark McCulloch, PE—Washtenaw County Road Commission

5. NACE National Perspective
Kevan Stone—National Association of County Engineers

6. You're Going to Build What?! Communicating with the Public About All Types of Road Work
Emily Kizer—Washtenaw County Road Commission



7. Roadsoft: Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Use
Larry Brown—L.W. Brown Consulting
Nick Koszykowski—Center for Technology & Training

8. Panel—Selling versus Buying Federal-aid Dollars: Why Do It?
Angela Kline, PE—Jackson County Department of Transportation
Dennis Kolar, PE—Road Commission for Oakland County
Jason Latham—Berrien County Road Commission
Lance Malburg, PE—Dickinson County Road Commission
Jake Welch—Barry County Road Commission

9. Berrien County Asset Management Plan
Kari Bennett, CPA—Berrien County Road Department
Kevin Stack, PE—Berrien County Road Department

10. Panel—Innovative County Projects using Fiber & Rubber
Wayne Harrall, PE—Kent County Road Commission
Jason Latham—Berrien County Road Commission
Lance Malburg, PE—Dickinson County Road Commission
Ryan Minkus, PE—Road Commission of Kalamazoo County

11. More for Less: The Surprising Way to Save Money on Infrastructure Projects using QBS
Steve Williams, MS, PE—American Council of Engineering Companies

12. Panel—Township Participation Efforts, Asset Management, & Education
Craig Atwood, PE—Allegan County Road Commission
Angela Kline, PE—Jackson County Department of Transportation
John Midgley, PE—Calhoun County Road Commission
Matthew Snell, MS, PE—Monroe County Road Commission
Doug Steffen—Clinton County Road Commission

13. GRS-IBS In Midland County
Craig Schripsema, PE—OHM Advisors
Terry Palmer, PE—OHM Advisors

14. Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance Website & Calculator Tools Overview
Scott Assenmacher, PE—Asphalt Materials, Inc.
Lindsay Matush—Vario Consulting



15. CRA of Michigan Update
Steve Puuri, PE—County Road Association of Michigan & Michigan Municipal League

16. MDOT Rural Program Update
Josh Grab, MA—Michigan Department of Transportation Statewide Planning

17. LTAP Update
Zack Fredin, PE—Center for Technology & Training
Andy Manty, PE—Center for Technology & Training
Pete Torola, PE—Center for Technology & Training

18. SHPO Update
Brian Grennell—State Historic Preservation Office
Martha MacFarlane-Faes—State Historic Preservation Office

19. MDOT LAP Update
Kelly Crannell, PE—Michigan Department of Transportation
Ryan Doyle, PE—Michigan Department of Transportation Local Agency Program
Bruce Kadzban, PE—Michigan Department of Transportation
Tracie Leix, PE—Michigan Department of Transportation

20. EGLE Update & Scrap Tire Program
Kirsten Clemens, PE—Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy—Materials Management Division
Jim Watling, PE—Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy


Each year, we try to provide you with the most innovative and timely topics related to technology, training, and technical assistance. If you are presenting for us during this year's presentation, here are a few helpful tips:

  • Create an outline for your presentation. Make sure you have a clear central idea and three to four audience take-aways. This will help you create a presentation that is easy for your audience to follow.
  • Keep points simple and succinct. You're an expert, but there are many people in the audience that are new to this information.
  • Use large type, standard fonts, and strong contrast on your slides. This will guarantee that your audience will see what's most important.
  • Use simplified charts and graphs instead of tables. The finer details work best for printable charts, graphs, and tables. When you omit these details from your slides, don't worry: you can still talk about them if you feel that some of those details were helpful for context.
  • Use images where possible. And, remember: any words on your slide should not be repeating the words you are saying; otherwise, you and your slides will be redundant.
  • Use video only if it is the best or only way to communicate your point. Be sure to clip videos to the most salient sections. Your audience is there to hear you!

Please feel free to contact us at if you need assistance in constructing your presentation. We will be happy to help you!


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The links below contain the conference brochure and presenter slideshows for previous years of the County Engineers' Workshop.

For events that took place before 2012, you'll be redirected to the Michigan LTAP website.