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 everyoneâ€™s health, safety, and comfort. The 2003 theme is â€œThe Strength of Public Works.â€
On this page youâ€™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 Cityâ€™s biggest effort thus far to promote NPWW occurred last May.
â€œApproximately 40 pieces of equipment from several departments and various service contractors were prominently displayed in the square immediately in front of City Hall,â€ Boston said. â€œEach 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.â€
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. Edmontonâ€™s equipment show and open house are scheduled again this year, Boston says.
Time is growing shortâ€¦
How are you planning to celebrate National Public Works Week in 2003? Weâ€™d like to hear from youâ€”just go to the NPWW website at www.apwa.net/npww and click on â€œTell us about your NPWW outreach.â€
In the meantime, in case you havenâ€™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. Weâ€™re here to help! If you would like a â€œHow Toâ€ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.