Late last month, municipalities all over the country observed Public Works Week, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and innovations made possible by the men and women in the public works field.
Since 1960, The American Public Works Association has sponsored this week to educate the general public about the value and necessities of public works projects throughout North America. The 2017 National Public Works Week theme was “Public Works Connects Us” and celebrated the vital role public works plays in connecting us all together.
“As the cornerstone of civilization, public works provides, maintains, and improves the structures and services that assure a higher quality of life for our communities,” says the organization. “Its streets, roads, bridges, and public transportation keep us linked together from coast to coast, and its clean water and sanitation services keep us healthy and allow our communities to grow and prosper.”
WVCO is especially grateful to the Public Works field and we are proud to partner with organizations like The American Public Works Association which gives us access to the latest technologies and resources to better serve our industry.
So in honor of Public Works Week, and every week, WVCO salutes and thanks the tens of thousands of public works professionals who work tirelessly every day planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life. Keep reading to learn more about APWA and the many contributions made by public works professionals.
Read on to learn more about the APWA and the importance of Public Works in our society.
strong>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.