APWA Celebrates National Public Works Week 2019

“Infrastructure starts with public works… Growth and innovation starts with public works… Mobility starts with public works… Security starts with public works… Healthy communities start with public works… The bottom line is that citizens’ quality of life starts with public works.”- American Public Works Association (APWA)

National Public Works Week

“It Starts Here” is the theme for the 2019 National Public Works Week.

To continue our legacy of innovation, WVCO has forged partnerships with leading industry associations and organizations throughout the years. These valuable partnerships like the one we have with American Public Works Association (APWA) help us to better serve our customers by giving us access to the latest technologies, methodologies, and resources.

Our longstanding partnership with APWA is especially meaningful as it serves 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.

One of APWA’s primary goals is to educate the public about the value and necessities of public works projects throughout North America. Every year, the organization celebrates public works professionals and the valuable contributions they make to their communities by planning, building, managing and in improving the overall quality of life in cities, towns, and municipalities all over North America during National Public Works Week, May 19-25, 2019.

“We value our communities and the role public works professionals play in keeping them safe and functioning smoothly,” reports the American Public Works Association, sponsor of National Public Works Week. “Our objective is designed to increase public awareness of their contributions as well as to enlighten the public about the duties, practices, and goals of public works professionals.” Public works professionals include those who manage water, sewer, public transportation, and refuse removal systems as well as those responsible for maintaining public buildings and grounds. They are, in short, the people who maintain and improve the systems and services vital to a community’s health, safety and comfort.

A solid infrastructure in a community starts with the foresight and planning of public works professionals, so the APWA chose “It Starts Here” as the theme for the 2019 National Public Works Week. This theme represents the many facets of modern civilization that grow out of the efforts put forth by the public works professionals across North America.

“From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges or planning for and implementing mass transit, to removing snow on roadways or devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or manmade disasters public works services determine a society’s quality of life” states the organization on its website.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in National Public Works Week, the APWA has published several handy tools on the subject, including a How-To Guide for anyone looking for a good place to start. For more information on National Public Works Week or APWA, please visit npww.apwa.net.

 

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.

Photo Source: American Public Works on Facebook