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 nations 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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