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Show Off Your Public Works Crew May 20-26

Thursday April 19th, 2018
Heading into the busy road construction and repair season, there is no better time to recognize township public works crews for their efforts to make roads safe and keep infrastructure working.
 
Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association in 1960, National Public Works Week calls attention to the importance of public works in community life. The event promotes awareness of the often-unsung heroes of our society, the professionals who serve the public good every day.
 
The week-long observance, scheduled for May 20-26, is a perfect oppor­tunity to celebrate the men and women who keep townships running all year long, not just when the snow flies.
 
This year’s theme, “The Power of Public Works,” recognizes the significant impact the many facets of public works have on modern civilization. 
 
From providing clean water and disposing of solid waste to building roads and bridges and planning for and implementing mass transit to plowing snow and devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or manmade disasters, public works services determine a society’s quality of life. 
 
During this special week, the American Public Works Association is asking townships to display their equipment, hold an open house, sponsor essay contests in local schools, host a parade, or hold programs for civic organizations and the local media.
 
For more information about National Public Works Week, call the APWA toll-free at (800) 848-2792. To download the APWA’s National Public Works Week How-To Guide, go to https://npww.apwa.net.