May 18-24 is National Public Works Week
The U.S. Senate has declared May 18-24 National Public Works Week to call attention to the importance of public works in community life. The Kansas City, Mo.-based American Public Works Association (APWA) began National Public Works Week in 1960, and the theme this year is “The Future is NOW!”
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., introduced the resolution. “National Public Works Week is about honoring the professionals who provide and maintain our transportation and water systems, utilities, emergency response operations and other essential infrastructure,” APWA President Larry Frevert said in a statement. In past years, communities have celebrated the week with parades, displays of public works equipment, high school essay contests, open houses at public works departments and presentations at civic organization meetings.