Issues and Public Policy Priorities

Infrastructure financing & funding

The Public Works sector is involved in nearly every aspect of everyday life in rural, suburban, and urban communities. All of these communities require financing and funding mechanisms in order to build, operate, maintain, and renew their infrastructure. APWA supports infrastructure financing and funding for transportation, water, emergency management and response and all other public works interests. MORE

Provide for transportation infrastructure

Our aging infrastructure is deteriorating and traffic is growing. Our nation cannot remain economically competitive if our transportation network is not improved and maintained. Data indicates that current federal regulations add 20% to 30% to the cost of surface transportation projects. Reducing those costs would significantly increase the number of projects that could be completed without any increase in funding. MORE

Support water resiliency

All forms of water – drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and urban, suburban and agricultural runoff, along with the infrastructure to collect treat, store and convey water – must be considered as an asset to be preserved and protected. All water on earth follows a natural water cycle and is continuously used and reused in different forms. Policies, programs, infrastructure, and projects to mitigate the impacts of floods, drought and severe weather events are critical and necessary to develop water resilient communities. New and revised regulations must be cost-effective, science-based, affordable and prioritized according to environmental and human risks, addressing the highest risk first. MORE

Recognize and support emergency management and response

The Public Works sector is included with law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and emergency management in the Emergency Service Sector of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP). Inter-agency coordination, communication and collaboration are vital to achieve the most effective, efficient response possible, as is training and best practices guidance. MORE