On behalf of APWA’s 2015-2016 Board of Directors and the over 28,800 members in North America, welcome to the APWA website! It is the web resource for the American Public works Association (APWA), and the gateway to a wide array of public works solutions and resources.

As the largest and one of the oldest associations of public works professionals worldwide, APWA is committed to excellence. For over 100 years, our mission has been to provide education and professional development to public works professionals who serve communities, large and small, urban and rural, in the U.S. and Canada. The Board of Directors continue to implement the Strategic Plan for 2014-2017, which includes three primary strategic priorities: Advocacy of Public Works, Integrated and Comprehensive Professional Development, and Support and Strengthening of our Chapters. I encourage you to review our Strategic Plan.

With the website, APWA members are provided access to critical information, networking opportunities to learn of best practices, and professional development and credentialing programs to keep abreast of trends in the profession and to demonstrate their competencies.

Our website covers the depth of public works, including information and best management practices on technical topics such as transportation, water resources, sustainability, fleet services, emergency management, solid waste, utility and public right-of-way, engineering and technology, facilities and grounds, and public works leadership and management.

Online tools and communications include the APWA Members’ Library, which is a free benefit to all APWA members, and is an on-demand resource with comprehensive public works archives of past APWA Click, Listen & Learn (CLL) webinars, e-books, podcasts, other publications and presentations from prior years’ PWX events (formerly known as the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition-"Best Show in Public Works"). This extensive body of information is for all members to use as often as you like, without charge, beyond your annual membership dues.  Another tool available is the APWA InfoNOW communities that give members the opportunity to communicate with other public works professionals, share experiences, discuss current issues and trends in the field or conduct research on 15 topic-driven InfoNOW communities. The APWA Reporter monthly magazine is also available online and serves as a prime communication link uniting the community of public works professionals in the association.

Please explore the site and learn more about APWA’s 63 chapters, the APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence in Public Works, the APWA Center for Sustainability, the Technical Committees, and the Public Works Institutes now available in concert with 18 chapters. To advocate for public works and enhanced infrastructure investment, the web site’s APWA Advocates - Legislative Action Center is used to provide members with timely information as we seek to influence proposed laws and regulations that affect public works policy, operations and financing throughout North America.

If you are visiting our site and are not a member, we invite you to join APWA as we continue to create and support livable and sustainable communities throughout North America.


Brian R. Usher, PWLF
APWA President