May 18, 2018

National Public Works Week Celebrations in the Nation’s Capital

 National Public Works Week Celebrations in the Nation’s Capital

To mark 58 years of National Public Works Week (NPWW), APWA’s Washington D.C. office is hosting two events on Capitol Hill. Both events will continue to raise awareness of public works and the men and women responsible for planning, building, designing, managing and operating the infrastructure that protects and ensures our quality of life. 

The first event, “Donuts & Trucks”, is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22 outside on the House side of the Capitol Building. The D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) is providing two vehicles for display, next to which APWA Government Affairs staff will hand out donuts and coffee to Congressional Members and Capitol Hill staff as they head to work. The event will feature Executive Director Scott Grayson and D.C. DPW Director Christopher Shorter, who will speak at the event regarding the importance of infrastructure investments.

On Wednesday, May 23, APWA is hosting a breakfast roundtable on “Public Works in Big Cities” in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. For this event, APWA is bringing together ten public works leaders from cities with populations of 500,000 or more from across the country, who will address Members of Congress and their staff about public works operations in their cities.  Following the breakfast roundtable, public works leaders will spend the day here in the District taking technical tours, and meeting with one another to exchange best practices and ideas.

Additionally, on May 17, U.S. Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan Senate Resolution recognizing National Public Works Week.  The resolution recognizes and celebrates the important contributions that public works professionals make every day to improve the public infrastructure of the United States; and the communities that public works professionals serve; and urges individuals and communities throughout the United States to join with representatives of the Federal Government and the American Public Works Association in activities and ceremonies that are designed to pay tribute to the public works professionals of North America.
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