National Public Works Week 2014: Public works professionals to be honored
Next week, May 18-24, American Public Works Association will celebrate National Public Works Week to honor public works professionals in the U.S. and Canada.
KANSAS CITY, MO, May 16, 2014 -- Next week, May 18-24, the non-profit organization American Public Works Association (APWA) will celebrate National Public Works Week (NPWW) to honor public works professionals in the U.S. and Canada. The highlight of the occasion will focus on the important contributions of public works professionals to citizens' daily lives, including the planning, building, managing, and operating the heart of our local communities -- its infrastructure.
Since 1960, APWA has celebrated NPWW each May to raise awareness of these important contributions of public works professionals and the crucial role that infrastructure, facilities and services play in the quality of life in communities across North America. In both the U.S. and Canada, the annual celebrations, events and activities are marked by resolutions and proclamations by government leaders. The local celebrations have included observances of many kinds, including open houses, displays of public works equipment, programs for civic organizations, and media events.
"Every year, NPWW recognizes the tens of thousands of men and women public works professionals who are key to ensure that building infrastructure today is vital to a sustainable and vibrant tomorrow, so that future generations will enjoy a higher quality of life," said APWA Executive Director, Peter B. King. "We celebrate the week to honor the enormous contributions that these public works professionals make in serving our communities everyday by providing and maintaining our transportation systems, clean water, utilities, emergency response operations, and other essential infrastructure and services."
The APWA Top Ten Public Works Leaders awardees of exceptional public works professionals of North America has also been a cornerstone of NPWW since it began. The program has identified more than 540 men and women who reflect the highest standards of professional conduct for public works officials. These honorees are recognized for career-long responsibilities in connection to the design, construction, maintenance, and/or operation of major public works projects and activities in large and small municipalities throughout North America.
The American Public Works Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C., along with 63 chapters across North America. For more information, visit www.apwa.net.