National Public Works Week in Edmonton

By the time this issue of the APWA Reporter hits your mailbox, there will be about twelve weeks left until National Public Works Week, this year held May 18-24. NPWW is your best opportunity to inform the public about how public works professionals contribute to everyone’s health, safety, and comfort. The 2003 theme is “The Strength of Public Works.”

On this page you’ll see pictures of how several departments of the City of Edmonton, Alberta promoted National Public Works Week last year. According to Guy Boston, Manager of Streets Engineering, the City’s biggest effort thus far to promote NPWW occurred last May.

“Approximately 40 pieces of equipment from several departments and various service contractors were prominently displayed in the square immediately in front of City Hall,” Boston said. “Each piece of equipment had an operator in attendance to answer any questions as well as a display board providing information about the equipment. More than 700 people viewed the equipment and got a good feel for what is involved on a daily basis with public works service delivery.”

According to Boston, the departments also conduct a celebratory open house where the staff can bring their families to see where they work and the equipment they use. Edmonton’s equipment show and open house are scheduled again this year, Boston says.

Time is growing short…
How are you planning to celebrate National Public Works Week in 2003? We’d like to hear from you—just go to the NPWW website at and click on “Tell us about your NPWW outreach.”

In the meantime, in case you haven’t made any plans, keep in mind that time is growing short. The twelve weeks between early March and NPWW may sound like a lot, but as you undoubtedly know, time has a way of getting away from us. We’re here to help! If you would like a “How To” guide for planning your NPWW activities, please let us know. Just call us at (800) 848-APWA or send e-mail to Jon Dilley, Manager of Marketing and Graphic Design, at