National Public Works Week returns May 15-21, 2016!

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The American Public Works Association (APWA) is bringing back National Public Works Week for its 56th year in a row!

Every year in the third week of May, APWA sponsors National Public Works Week in an effort to raise awareness of public works issues and increase the overall confidence in public works employees.

What is National Public Works Week?

National Public Works Week (NPWW) is a public education campaign that seeks to create a stronger conversation and association between public works and the communities they improve daily.

One of the ways this is goal is achieved is through the issuing of a Top Ten list of public works professionals that show exceptional conduct and the highest of standards. Since its inception, NPWW has identified and honored over 400 men and women that work in maintenance, construction, design, and operation of major public works throughout the country.

National Public Works Week History

APWA first sponsored National Public Works Week in 1960, carrying it on as a yearly tradition from that moment onward. From the very beginning the focus has been clear, as evident in the first ever publication for the event.

The American Public Works Association, through its Public Relations Committee, will launch within the next few months a very important public education program. The primary purpose of the program will be to foster a better understanding of the function and importance of public works in the community, to enhance the professional status of public works officials in government, and to help attract competent personnel to the field.

The week October 2-8, 1960, has been tentatively set aside as NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK (proclamation pending) to recognize and publicize the outstanding work being done by public works engineers and administrators. It is hoped that the program being planned will help arouse an interest in the young people of this country to pursue careers in public service.” – July 1960

Every year the week is filled with resolutions and proclamations from mayors, governors, and other political figures. Some notable examples include a United States Senate resolution that affirmed the very first National Public Works Week, letters of acknowledgement from Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Dwight Eisenhower, and a Presidential Proclamation that was signed by John F. Kennedy.

Getting Involved

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in National Public Works Week then consider some of these sources.

The APWA publish several handy tools on the subject, including a How-To Guide for anyone looking for a good place to start. This document offers help in the following categories: Getting Started, Calendar, Events, Outreach, and even a section for students.

Florida’s APWA chapter offers some fun ideas to celebrate during the week.

About APWA

The American Public Works Association is a nonprofit organization founded to serve public works professionals in all branches of industry. The association has a worldwide membership in numbers over 28,500 and is open to any individual, agency, and/or corporation that bring with them an interest in public works.

The APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition returns to Canada!


WVCO will exhibit POLYQuick at the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition in August.

The APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition is returning to Canada after a 25 year hiatus and Willamette Valley Company will be there to exhibit! For more than 100 years, this event has drawn thousands of public works professionals from all over the world.

APWA’s Congress, featuring more than 125 technical and professional development sessions, will be held August 17–20, 2014 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre – South Building, Toronto, ON, Canada.


Photo Source: American Public Works Association on Facebook

Photo Source: American Public Works Association on Facebook

We cannot wait to join the many innovative exhibitors on APWA’s exhibit floor to demonstrate the latest products, services and technologies specific to public works. If you are headed to what is known as “The Best Show in Public Works”, we invite you to come to Booth 334 to say hello and learn more about our groundbreaking concrete, wood and rail repair products.

APWA’s exhibit floor will be an EXPO EXPERIENCE like none other. They will be broadcasting live interviews with session speakers throughout the week in addition to cyber stations for attendees to connect. Attendees will also benefit from a range of technical and professional development sessions that address current public works issues.

Who Should Attend:

Public Works Directors
Superintendents and Managers
Directors and Managers of Operations and Operations Personnel
City and County Engineers
Consulting Engineers
Construction Directors and Managers
Solid Waste Managers and Coordinators
Public Fleet Directors and Managers
Public Facilities and Grounds Directors and Managers
Water Services Directors and Managers
Streets/Roads/Bridges Directors and Managers
Transportation Directors and Managers
Stormwater and Flood Control Directors and Managers
Emergency Management Directors and Coordinators
City Planners?Sustainability Specialists
Anyone else whose responsibilities are public works-related

Areas Covered:

Career & Personal Development
Construction Management
Emergency Management
Engineering & Technology
Environment/Sustainablility
Facilities
Fleet Services
Management
Parks & Grounds?Snow & Ice
Solid Waste?Stormwater / Flood Control
Streets/Roads/Bridges
Traffic Engineering
Utilities/Right-of-Way
Water & Wastewater

About APWA
For more than 75 years, APWA has been the education and networking choice of public works professionals who seek professional excellence and quality education experiences such as live workshops and seminars, online education, and the Donald C. Stone Center. Organizations like The American Public Works Association enable public works professionals and companies (like us) with access to the latest technologies and resources to better serve our industry. To learn more, read 5 Ways American Public Works Association Impacts Your Community.

When Disaster Strikes, the Federal Highway Administration Responds

Planning a summer road trip? If you are like most Americans, there is a high chance that you and your family will be using the Interstate System this summer. In fact, AAA Travel projected that 41 million Americans will travel by car just during the Independence Day holiday weekend!

Even though we often overlook the importance of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, it’s a critical piece of our country’s infrastructure.

All 47,182+ miles of our Interstate System is managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).   The agency is responsible maintaining and ensuring that America’s roads, bridges and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world.  FHWA also works with state and local agencies to improve safety, mobility, and livability by conducting research and providing technical assistance to them.

So what happens to our intricate network of highways and bridges when the roads are damaged due to natural emergencies like hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding and tornadoes?

To understand the pivotal role FHWA has after catastrophic events, watch “FHWA Works: How the Federal Highway Administration Helps When Disaster Strikes”. The video is part of their educational video series and demonstrates how the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program works to quickly and efficiently repair damaged roads and put communities back together after disaster strikes:

More About FHWA
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program). Through financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, the Federal Highway Administration is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world. To learn more, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov.

5 Ways American Public Works Association Impacts Your Community

Have you ever thought about the enormous impact public works professionals have on our modern society?

Think about it. These are the individuals and companies responsible for planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining the transportation, water supply, storm drainage, sewage and refuse disposal systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential to our nation’s economy and quality of life.

Organizations like The American Public Works Association enable public works professionals and companies (like us) with access to the latest technologies and resources to better serve our industry. 

What is public works? APWA defines it as “the combination of physical assets, management practices, policies, and personnel necessary for government to provide and sustain structures and services essential to the welfare and acceptable quality of life for its citizens”.

APWA serves our industry in countless capacities; here are just 5 ways they impact communities on a local and national level:

1. APWA enables it’s members (made up of 29,000+ public works professionals) to bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.

2. The organization educates the public on trends and emerging issues through their nationally sponsored educational programs, industry publications, professional development, training activities

3. The APWA Center for Sustainability now serves our industry as a primary resource on sustainability and sustainable practices for public works organizations across the United States and Canada.

4. APWA facilitates a forum for public works professionals to improve the performance of their agencies and companies, to discuss management techniques for everything from emergency management and water resources to transportation to fleet services and winter maintenance.

5. APWA members advocate for increased investment in public works and contribute their expertise to policy debates that significantly impact public works and our communities.

It is partnerships like the one we have with APWA that have allowed WVCO to emerge as a leader in our industry for decades.  For more information on APWA and how they serve their members, please visit the website at: www.apwa.net or “Like” them on Facebook.

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