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Highlights & News

February 2, 2017
CPSC issues Fireworks Regulations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

January 31, 2017
Elaine Chao sworn in as Secretary of Transportation, read more.

December 19, 2016
OSHA issues final rule clarifying work-related injury reporting requirements. Click here to view.

December 16, 2016
APA looks forward to working with newly named PHMSA Associate Administrator for HazMat Safety William Schoonover.

December 8,
FMCSA issues final rule on entry-level driver training.

December 5, 2016

FMCSA issues final rule creating a CDL drug & alcohol clearinghouse.

November 23, 2016
Business group praises court decision to block overtime wage rule.

September 6, 2016
CPSC releases proposed policy on audible effects

June 30, 2016
Click here to see APA's 2016 "must see" fireworks displays for July 4th.

June 27, 2016
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th. 

June 14, 2016
2016 July 4th media resources, APA members click here.

June 6, 2016
CVSA Roadcheck June 7-9, click here for driver checklist safety tips.

June 1, 2016
West Virginia liberalizes consumer fireworks regulations, click here for a summary.

April 20, 2016
PHMSA issues clarification regarding Designated Agents, view notice here.

April 5,
PHMSA publishes Final Rule on Reverse Logistics.

March 10, 2016
FMCSA publishes Proposed Rule on Entry Level Driver Training requirements.

March 8, 2016
View key presentations from the 2016 APA Winter Conference here.

December 16, 2015
FMCSA publishes Final Rule on Electric Logging Devices.

November 25, 2015
2016 APA Winter Conference Feb. 23-25, see a sneak peak here.

October 20, 2015
House T&I Committee introduces surface transportation reauthorization & reform legislation, read more

September 1, 2015
Tianjin, China explosions create uncertain shipping delays, read more here.

August 6, 2015
Senate confirms new PHMSA Administrator, Marie Dominguez.

Winter Educational Conference

APA sponsors an educational conference to assist its members in preparing for a successful season including proper training in accordance with the latest federal regulations. The association believes these safety training programs are of vital importance and help to support a primary APA mission of encouraging safety in the design and use of all types of fireworks.  Non-members may attend the conference one time as a prospective member provided they have a current APA member sponsor them and that the association Executive Director is notified. 

                                                 2017 APA Winter Educational Conference
                                                                    February 14-16, 2017
                                                     Green Valley Ranch, Henderson, NV
(minutes from the Las Vegas Airport)

                                                                       Registration Form                                           
                                                                      Preliminary Agenda 
                                                                 Hotel On-line Reservations 
 Become a Sponsor  

    Dr. Joanne Norton, Family Business Consulting Group
   A consultant of the prestigious The Family Business Consulting Group and founder of Family
   Business studies at California State University, Fullerton, Dr. Joanne Norton will conduct a special
   workshop for the association’s NGAP committee entitled “Developing the Next Generation of
   Leaders For Your Family Business” that will explore how to understand ones leadership style,
   improve decision making, and manage more effectively.  Additionally, during a general session for
   all attendees, she'll delve into what business leaders to know in a post-truth era to survive & thrive.

  Amy Carnevale, K&L Gates
  Amy Carnevale is an elected member of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee 
  and was an elected Trump delegate to the 2016 Republican Convention. She served on
  the Platform Committee at the Convention and worked closely with the Trump campaign during Platform
  deliberations. Prior to joining the firm, she served as the chief of staff to a congressman from the
  Northwest where she managed all aspects of his D.C. and home district offices. Ms. Carnevale will
  provides insights into the new Administration at the Welcome Breakfast. 

  Matt Heller, Performance Optimist Consulting
  Drawing on 25 years in the amusement/theme park industry both in operations and human
  resources, Matt has held leadership positions with Universal Orlando Resort as well as served
  in the leadership of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. Matt provides
  solid tools for helping companies to recruit, motivate and retain staff -- particularly seasonal help. He
  released his first book "The Myth of Employee Burnout" in 2013 and in it he outlines new insights on
  what causes employees to lose motiviation and what managers can do to overcome it.







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