On behalf of APWA's Board of Directors for 2012- 2013, welcome to the APWA website. It is the information resource for the American Public Works Association, and the gateway to a vast array of public works solutions and resources.
As the largest and one of the oldest associations of public works professionals worldwide, APWA is committed to excellence. Our goal is to provide all of the information, services and linkages that members and non-members need, as well as supplying facts and public infrastructure solutions and connections for the general public and media.
You will find that the APWA website covers the depth and breadth of public works, including information and best management practices in transportation, water resources, fleet services, emergency management, solid waste, utility and right-of-way, engineering and technology, facilities and grounds, and public works leadership and management.
I hope that you will take particular notice to the APWA Members’ Library, created this year as an enhanced APWA member benefit. Because education is our mission, we believe this varied library of education resources is one of the most significant benefits we can provide to our members. Education programs that used to cost as much as $175 each are now yours to browse at your convenience 24/7, as often as you like, without charge. You can access the library in a variety of ways but the easiest way is by finding the click links on the APWA homepage and signing in as a member. If you are not an APWA member, please inquire about our "1stTime Member” offer that allows anyone who has not previously been a member to join APWA for only $82 and gives you full access to the Members’ Library seven days a week.
I encourage you to explore the site and learn more about our new APWA Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence in Public Works, the APWA Center for Sustainability, our international initiatives, our work to influence public policy, and how you can connect with any one of our 63 chapters or 28,700 members in North America. The American Public Works Association recognizes, appreciates and fosters the synergy which is created when the work environment values the differences in individuals and practices inclusiveness and open communication. Visit our Diversity pages on the website, too, for more information.
The value of the American Public Works Association to you and your community is what you make of it. If you are visiting and are not a member, we invite you to join us as we continue to support livable communities and provide the sustainable quality of life that the citizens of North America expect.
Elizabeth Treadway, PWLF