Power transmission: Two back-to-back weeks in May are set to highlight the national roles of infrastructure and public works in our society. From May 15-19, Infrastructure Week and affiliated organizations will host nearly 100 events nationwide to address the week’s theme “Time To Build.” From May 21-27, the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) nearly 30,000 public works members in municipal governments and the private sector in cities, towns and counties across the U.S. and Canada will recognize the National Public Works Week theme “Public Works Connects Us.” Both weeks will draw attention to the critical roles that infrastructure and public works play in the nation’s local, regional and federal economies.
Through events, social media campaigns and other activities, both Infrastructure Week and National Public Works Week will highlight projects, services, equipment and technologies for the public and policymakers at all levels of government. Both weeks will also include Capitol Hill events in Washington, D.C. in which U.S. Congressional and federal agency leaders will participate.
Infrastructure Week is in its fifth year and is spearheaded by a steering committee that includes: the AFL-CIO, American Society of Civil Engineers, Brookings: Metropolitan Policy Program, Building America’s Future, Business Roundtable, National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Value of Water Campaign. More than 200 affiliate organizations are participating this year, and are planning more than 100 events in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Infrastructure Week serves as an opportunity for a diverse set of stakeholders who care about our nation’s infrastructure to speak with one voice about the importance of investing in our future.
For the past 57 years, National Public Works Week sponsored by APWA, has taken place during the third full week in May. It is designed to educate communities and their leaders about the importance of our nation’s public works professionals who provide infrastructure and public works services. National Public Works Week also serves as a time to recognize the contributions of public works staff who design, build, plan, operate, and maintain the transportation, water supply, water treatment and solid waste disposal systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential to our nation’s economy and quality of life. Their dedication and expertise at all levels of government and the private sector are a capital investment in the economic growth, development—and ultimate stability—of the nation. It is important for our cities, states and nation to honor those who devote their lives to its service.
About APWA and National Public Works Week
Every year, APWA’s National Public Works Week gets bigger and better. The number of participating municipalities continues to grow, which means the number of citizens who are exposed to the value of public works is increased. The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 29,800 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. and 63 chapters in North America.