National Public Works Week

Every year National Public Works Week gets bigger and better. The number of participating municipalities continues to grow, which means the number of citizens who are exposed to the value of public works grows. At APWA one of our main goals is to educate the general public about the value and necessities of public works projects throughout North America, and public works professionals like you are our best ambassadors.

Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, our more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life.

APWA encourages public works agencies and professionals to take the opportunity to make their stories known in their communities. The National Public Works Week How-To Guide is one of several resources the Association makes available to agencies to assist them in the development and implementation of their own individual celebrations. The occasion is marked each year with scores of resolutions and proclamations from mayors and governors, as well.

2016 Theme

The 2016 National Public Works Week Poster theme is "Public Works Always There." This theme showcases the pervasiveness of public works. Communities depend on public works, and the men and women of the profession are always there and always ready.

About the Artist

The artwork for our 2016 poster was done by British-born Michael Crampton. After studying at the Art Center College of Design, Michael then went on to become the Art Director at Neiman Marcus in Dallas. After six years he moved to New York City and now freelances both here in the U.S. and in Europe. His favorite subjects include lifestyle and travel, and his artwork tends to evoke the romance of posters from an earlier era.

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Future Dates:

May 21-27, 2017

May 20-26, 2018

May 19-25, 2019