A Message From Keith Pugh

Government Affairs Committee Chairman, 2013-2014


No community can exist without public infrastructure. It makes us safe, healthy and able to enjoy the quality of life we have come to expect.

APWA remains committed as an advocate for meeting the needs of our public infrastructure. The APWA Government Affairs Committee and other member advocates are implementing efforts to create partnerships with key stakeholders, establish new lines of communication with policy-makers and extend our outreach into the center of public policy discussions. And we are making an impact.


Objectives
Our advocacy is focused on advancing the interests of all APWA members and the communities we serve. Five principal objectives guide our advocacy efforts and form the basis of our legislative and regulatory priorities and our positions on the issues:

  • Support for adequate investment in public infrastructure
  • Respect for local authority
  • Reasonable regulations and protection from unfunded mandates
  • Support for streamlining government oversight
  • Support for sustainability and environmental stewardship
APWA Advocates
You can support our advocacy efforts by becoming a member of APWA Advocates, a network of APWA members promoting APWA’s priorities through outreach and education to elected officials and their staff in Congress.  APWA Advocates receive updates on legislative actions and respond to timely alerts to contact their representatives.  Visit APWA Advocates to learn more about our growing grassroots member advocacy initiative and how you can become involved. 
 
The year ahead presents APWA with many new opportunities to build upon the successes we have achieved. We will continue to advocate for public policy that invests in public infrastructure and the essential services public works provides to all of our communities.

I encourage you to become involved in our advocacy and government affairs efforts. For more information, please feel free to contact our Advocacy Staff