National Public Works Week

2023 NPWW Theme

APWA is proud to announce the theme "Connecting the World Through Public Works" for the 2023 National Public Works Week poster. Public works is the thread that connects us all, no matter where we live in the world. Every public works professional strives to improve the quality of life for the community they serve, leading to healthier, happier communities.

The "Connecting the World Through Public Works" theme highlights the way public works professionals connect us physically, through infrastructure, and inspirationally, through service to their communities, whether as first responders, or daily workers carrying out their duties with pride.

Public works connectors help keep communities strong by providing an infrastructure of services in transportation, water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment, public buildings and spaces, parks and grounds, emergency management and first response, solid waste, and right-of-way management. They are what make our communities great places to live and work. Join us in celebrating the quiet work these professionals do that makes life better for all of us.

2023 NPWW

National Public Works Week (NPWW), held May 21-27, is almost here! Let’s take this week to celebrate the amazing work of public works personnel throughout North America. Now more than ever, it is critical to energize and educate the public about the importance of public works—planning, building, managing, and operating at the heart of local communities to improve quality of life each day.

We know there will be many in-person events (finally!) this year, and we encourage you to seek NPWW proclamations from your elected officials that you can share on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Be sure to add the #NPWWProclamation hashtag to be added to the APWA NPWW website.

We're excited to share our "Virtual NPWW How-To Guide," full of ideas that you can use to celebrate remotely with your communities. Don't forget to join in the fun on social media using the hashtag #NPWW and this year’s theme, #ConnectingTheWorldThroughPW!

#NPWW Social Media Spirit Week (Monday-Friday)

Get yourselves and your community in the spirit of National Public Works Week by celebrating on social media the following:

Monday – Ready and Resilient. Post a picture of your department doing what they do best. Public workers are always ready and always resilient! This is the time to show off! #NPWW #readyandresilient

Tuesday – Made Ya Look! Park a snowplow at the park, put up a sign outside your workplace celebrating public works, decorate the side of a garbage truck, the sky’s the limit! Do something a bit out of the ordinary to make us look and tell us about it! #NPWW #madeyalook

Wednesday – Whatcha Wearing? EMS uniform, check! Safety vest, check! Hard hat? Check! Show us what you wear to work on a regular basis, brag about it on social media. #NPWW #whatchawearing

Thursday – Throwback ThursdayGot a cool picture of the first building built for your agency? How about an old picture showing workers doing road work? Or a picture from any previous year’s #NPWW? Post them and tell us about it! #NPWW #TBT

Friday – Future FridayWhat’s the future look like for your agency? Are you figuring out a way to regulate traffic from flying cars? Are you putting up a new building, or renovating an old one? Tell us what’s coming up, or what you envision. Be sure to tag all posts #NPWW and #ReadyAndResilient


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