National Public Works Week will take place next week- May 15 to 21. This year’s theme is “Public Works: Serving You and Your Community.”
Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association (APWA) in 1960, NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The Week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often-unsung heroes of our society-the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication.
APWA encourages public works agencies and professionals to take the opportunity to make their stories known in their communities. Over the years the observances have taken many forms, including parades, displays of public works equipment, high school essay contests, open houses, programs for civic organizations and media events. The occasion is marked each year with scores of resolutions and proclamations from mayors and governors, as well.
The APWA offers this how-to-guide to assist municipalities in planning events for national public works week. The promotional video below, offered by APWA, provides insight into the importance of public works for citizens: