U.S. Senate Resolution Recognizes National Public Works Week
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate passed a resolution, S.Res. 181, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, recognizing National Public Works Week (NPWW) during May 21-27, 2017 declaring that “public works infrastructure, facilities, and services are of vital importance to the health, safety, and well-being of the people of the United States.”
Each year, the American Public Works Association (APWA) celebrates National Public Works Week during the third week in May to acknowledge its’ almost 30,000 members who are public works leaders and professionals in municipalities across North America.
Sponsored by both Senator Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma (R-OK)and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) of California, S. Res 181 recognizes that “public works infrastructure, facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals, including engineers and administrators, who represent state and local governments throughout the United States.” As the “protectors of the environment, who improve public health and safety, contribute to the economy and enhance the quality of life of every community of the U.S. infrastructure,” public works professionals design, plan, build, operate and maintain transportation, drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure, solid waste systems, public buildings, sustainable infrastructure, and other structures and facilities vital to the quality of life in every community.