2017:  A Look Back at a Giant Step Forward

As we finish up 2017 and transition into 2018, we want to thank you for your APWA membership, and we hope you had a wonderful holiday season! Each winter has its challenges – some are more difficult than others and some affect particular regions more than others, but we’d like to thank each and every one of you who are keeping the roads clear, the water safe to drink, the waste collected and recycled or disposed, the municipal vehicles and facilities properly cared for and the public infrastructure in your communities in good working order. We also want to thank the storm and emergency responders who are battling along with other first responders, and to you we wish a special “Thank You!”

This past year marked APWA’s 80th Anniversary – these 80 years went by very quickly. We have come a long way since 1937. We have also come a long way in just one year, and we are so glad that you have joined us for this fantastic ride. In February of 2017, the APWA Board of Directors approved a robust new strategic plan to include a new vision of "Advancing Quality of Life For All" and a new mission statement: "Support those who operate, improve and maintain public works and infrastructure through advocacy, education & member engagement." You may think the vision and mission statements are very ambitious. You may think this will be difficult to accomplish. We feel differently – because we know that we have the right team in place that is committed to making APWA even better than it already is. During 2017, we enhanced and nurtured partnership among our APWA Board of Directors, CPWA Board of Directors, APWA Staff, Council of Chapter Delegates, 63 Chapters, 95 Branches, and our members. It has become clear that these groups want to work together to fulfil the APWA vision and mission and to implement the operational activities in an effort to achieve the following strategic goals:
  • Define the value of public works and enhance its visibility
  • Serve as the voice of public works to government leaders and the media both in the U.S. and Canada
  • Ensure excellence in education and credentialing
  • Create a dynamic membership and chapter model
We will achieve these goals through advocacy, education and member engagement efforts.

To provide members with a more in-depth look at APWA’s past year, we’ll be releasing a 2017 Annual Report in January. You can expect a more expansive look at the APWA events, initiatives and member engagement that make this such a wonderful association to be a part of. Happy New Year!

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Bo Mills Scott D. Grayson
APWA President APWA Executive Director