National Public Works Week: Let’s Celebrate Your Hard Work

NPWW raises awareness of the dedicated public works professionals in our communities
National Public Works Week: Let’s Celebrate Your Hard Work
An illustration by artist Jannie Ho of Philadelphia, Pa., depicts the National Public Works Week 2013 theme of “Because of Public Works…”

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This year’s National Public Works Week (NPWW) theme of “Because of Public Works…” signifies the quality of life brought to communities through your hard work and dedication. Because of you, we have clean water, safe streets and neighborhoods, efficient traffic and safe, clean communities. So let’s use the week to celebrate what you do to protect our most precious resources.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) coordinates nationwide events and activities to educate the public on what our public utility workers do to keep our cities, towns and communities operating efficiently. If your department isn’t on board, you can still take the time to recognize the people who make your department a critical asset in your community. 

Celebrated since 1960, NPWW runs from Sunday, May 19 to Saturday, May 25. 

APWA Communications Manager Laura Bynum, says, “NPWW was initially set up as a public relations campaign to increase public awareness of public works professionals and their contributions to our communities’ quality of life through the important role they play in infrastructure facilities and services.” 

The APWA website provides How-To guides to get started with your weeklong celebrations. The association recommends that agencies set goals for the promotion of the organization, identify key audiences, develop objectives based on the goals, and develop strategies to meet those objectives. 

APWA suggests agencies develop a week of activities to bring awareness to the public and to applaud the work of employees. Some of those include: 

  • Feature public works equipment, display photos of facilities and provide information on upcoming public works projects.
  • Show a film or video of public works in action.
  • Organize a tree-planting ceremony, recycling drive, public grounds cleanup or free, safe disposal of oversized items and household hazardous wastes.
  • Sponsor a banquet to recognize outstanding performance, special achievements, safety records and attendance. 

“NPWW benefits all public infrastructure workers, including utilities, by honoring these professional men and women who plan, build, manage and operate the public infrastructure in our local communities,” Bynum says. “These public works professionals ensure our sustainable quality of life.” 

To learn more about National Public Works Week, visit


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