2007-08 Presidential Priorities: Midyear Update
Larry W. Frevert, P.E.
Last year when I was making plans for where I wanted to focus my energies and efforts as APWA President, I developed a list of Seven Priorities. In developing these priorities, I first reviewed our Strategic Plan because that is the direction the membership has set for our Association. Before rolling this list out at the Congress in San Antonio last September, I asked many people to comment on this list. To a person, they ratified that they considered them consistent with our Strategic Plan and worth pursuing. In my travels to many chapters over the past five months, everyone I've spoken with has been supportive of these Seven Priorities.
When your Board of Directors met on February 5 in our Washington office, I was able to update them on the status of pursuing these Seven Presidential Priorities. It's now time to update you, the general membership, on this status.
First, let me be clear that I asked many others within APWA to help with pursuit of these priorities. It is their work that I want to report on and it is to them that I give credit for what has been accomplished to date.
A full status report on all Seven Priorities can be viewed on the APWA website at /About/Board. However, there are several I want to lift up for special attention and some which I want to ask for your help in pursuing during the remainder of this year:
As you can see, many are carrying the load and making great progress on these Seven Presidential Priorities. As I said at Congress, "It's our time" and "It's our watch"—we must step up to the challenge and work hard to help address America's and Canada's infrastructure issues. What can you do if you aren't already involved in this effort? Well, it's simple. Go to the APWA website listed above, identify what interests you and appeals to your passion, then volunteer to help. You can contact the committee chair to which your selected priority has been assigned or you can drop me an e-mail and we'll put you to work helping with this effort.
Thanks for all you do daily for the public works profession and for APWA.