KC Chapter celebrates NPWW

The Kansas City Metropolitan Chapter celebrated National Public Works Week with an awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 24, at the Hyatt Regency/Crown Center Hotel. The 408 registrants at the luncheon very likely constituted a record attendance, according to Mike Ross, President of the Kansas City Metro Chapter. Numerous awards were handed out, including the Young Leader, Private Sector Service, Management Innovation, and Student Essay Awards. Robert Lowry, Public Works Director, City of Overland Park, Kansas, was on hand to accept his award as one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. (The City of Overland Park also held a reception to honor Lowry the following day.)

The Keynote Address was delivered by Bill Musgrave, marketing and public relations consultant to Science City, an interactive science museum located in Union Station. The Union Station Restoration project received APWA’s Public Works Project of the Year Award (for historical restoration/preservation more than $10 million), and is featured in this issue of the Reporter. Following the luncheon, many of the attendees were able to take a tour of Science City.