National Public Works Week in Los Angeles

By the time this issue of the APWA Reporter hits your mailbox, there will be about six weeks left until National Public Works Week, this year held May 16-22. NPWW is your best opportunity to inform the public about how public works professionals contribute to everyone's health, safety, and comfort. The 2004 theme is "24/7: Focused on Our Community."

Representatives of the Department of Public Works provide information, brochures, handouts, answer questions and take service requests from residents and students at Markham Middle School during National Public Works Week.

On this page you'll see pictures of how the City of Los Angeles, California promoted National Public Works Week last year. According to Richard Lee, Public Information Officer in the City's Public Affairs Office, the Department of Public Works conducted a major outreach campaign during National Public Works Week in 2003. The campaign aimed at reaching the four million residents of Los Angeles through selected schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

"We took exhibits showcasing public works educational and outreach materials to schools strategically located throughout Los Angeles to reach students as well as the community," Lee said. The exhibits were on display at Markham Middle School, Marlton School, Robert Fulton Middle School, and Glen Alta Elementary School. These four schools were chosen to cover the length and breadth of the geographical boundaries of the City of Los Angeles, Lee said.

Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Services representative, right, helps Markham Middle School students learn about surveying techniques using survey equipment.

According to Lee, a number of the DPW's 6,500 employees staffed the information tables and booths daily during National Public Works Week. "We'd take our public works vehicles and our equipment out for the public to see close up, and answer any questions that they had about specific needs," he said. "We'd also garner services requests from the public at our tables."

The Board of Public Works also took the time last year during National Public Works Week to honor more than 60 individuals and community groups for their contributions to public works, from cleanup efforts to projects that were completed throughout the city. "We recognized citizens for their contributions to public works and maintaining a quality of life that's good for all of us," Lee said.

The Department of Public Works was duly rewarded for all its efforts by APWA's Southern California Chapter. The chapter recognized the DPW with awards for "Outreach to Los Angeles Unified School District" and for "Community Outreach Projects" coordinated during National Public Works Week.

Time is growing short...
How are you planning to celebrate National Public Works Week in 2004? We'd love 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. Your APWA staff is 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 an e-mail to Jon Dilley, Manager of Marketing and Graphic Design, at