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Making an Impact in the San Diego Public Sector through Leadership in APWA

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

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SAN DIEGO, California - In addition to contributing to hundreds of local public works facilities through planning, design, and construction services, Kleinfelder’s San Diego team makes a big impact in the public works sector through their involvement in local organizations such as APWA.  On top of widespread membership and participation at meetings and events, several staff have held or currently hold leadership positions, significantly contributing to the local chapter’s education and philanthropic efforts.  The San Diego team’s most recent contribution to the organization was through involvement in the APWA San Diego and Imperial Counties 56th Annual Dinner Dance Gala. 

With Karibia Baillargeon serving as the Committee Chair for the Gala, Kleinfelder played an important role in bringing the event to fruition.  The Hawaiian themed event included a professional Hawaiian dancer, a ukulele player and dance troop, authentic Hawaiian cuisine, music, dancing, a raffle, and an awards ceremony that all took place at the Bali Hai Hawaiian Village Pavilion, professionally decorated by a local artist who donned the room in real pineapples.   The sold out event was attended by over 180 people and raised approximately $7,000 for the organization’s general scholarship fund.  “The event takes an immense amount of planning, but being able to raise a substantial amount of money for scholarships makes it all worth it. It’s important that young adults wanting to pursue an education and career in engineering are not deterred by the cost of college,” said Karibia. 

Making the event a reality required time (nearly a year of planning) and monetary contributions from multiple entities.  As the Committee Chair, Karibia worked closely with volunteers from Caltrans, City of San Diego, City of Carlsbad, City of El Cajon, Psomas, NV5, and SCST, Inc.  Sponsorships from several firms, including Kleinfelder (one of the three top sponsors), made it possible to host such a top-notch event that was attended by several dignitaries, including California Congressman Juan Vargas. 

"Being part of APWA is about giving back to the community and advancing knowledge to improve the practices of the public works industry. Providing scholarships is our way of contributing to the community and public works sector – through the education of future engineers, we build a pipeline of bright individuals who will continue to advance industry practices,” explained Karibia.

About Kleinfelder
Founded in 1961, Kleinfelder is a leading engineering, construction management, design and environmental professional services firm.  Kleinfelder operates from over 60 office locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia.  The company is headquartered in San Diego, California.