APWA Hosts Congressional Brief

On November 7, APWA and the House Public Works and Infrastructure Caucus hosted a brief entitled “When Disaster Strikes—A Public Works Perspective”. Three APWA members traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve as panelists for the brief. The panelists were Ms. Carol Haddock, Acting Public Works Director for Houston, TX, Mr. Brian Usher, Public Works Director for Largo, FL, and Ms. Loni Eazell, Emergency Manager for the County of Los Angeles, CA. Speaking to their recent experience with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and wildfires in CA, they engaged with over 50 Congressional staff for an hour. APWA Executive Director Scott Grayson served as the moderator.

The brief kicked off with the Caucus Co-Chairs, Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Dina Titus (D-NV) talking about the key role public works professionals play in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from all types of disasters. In addition to the Caucus Co-Chairs, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) stopped by to show their support for public works and made comments about the important role of Congress in supporting public works and investing in the country’s infrastructure.

You may view photos of APWA's Congressional brief here.