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APWA Announces National Public Works Week and

Top 10 Public Works' Officials for 2015

Kansas City, MO; May 2014

APWA kicks off National Public Works Week with "Low & Slow Across America's Infrastructure Tour" at Washington D.C.'s Public Works Fleet Campus. Top 10 Public Works' Officials for 2015 also announced. (see toward bottom of page)


The American Public Works Association (APWA) kicked off National Public Works Week with the "Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure Tour" Launch at the Washington D.C. Public Works Fleet Campus, located at 1833 West Virginia Avenue NE, on Tuesday, May 19 at 10 a.m.

The "Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure" Tour, sponsored by APWA and the Engineering News Record (ENR), features best-selling author, Dan McNichol, PhD., who will be driving a 1949 Hudson Commodore 8, as a metaphor of the aged condition of infrastructure from Washington D.C to Los Angeles to assess the condition of infrastructure projects, visit with public works departments, and find some solutions along the way.

"APWA is pleased to sponsor the launch of the "Low & Slow Across America's Infrastructure" Tour. McNichol's trip will draw attention to the critical condition of our country's infrastructure and increase awareness of public works professionals, as well as the infrastructure investments needed to maintain these systems," said APWA Executive Director, Peter B. King. "Later this summer, McNichol will also discuss the tour with attendees of the APWA 2015 International Public Works Congress in Phoenix, AZ. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015," King said.

"We are honored that APWA is starting its 'Low and Slow Across America's Infrastructure' tour at DPW's Fleet shop," said DC Department of Public Works Director, William O. Howland, Jr. "It is an excellent way to acknowledge the work that our Fleet Management Administration has done to make DC one of the best and greenest public fleets in the country and to honor all of the public works employees who keep the nation's capital roads, streets and bridges clean, safe and operational."

Since 1960, APWA has celebrated National Public Works Week (NPWW) each May to raise awareness of these vitally important contributions of public works professionals and the crucial role that infrastructure, facilities and services play in the quality of life in our communities across North America. APWA sponsors National Public Works Week annually with the more than 28,500 members in the U.S. and Canada, who observe the week to energize and educate the public, government leaders, media, companies and other stakeholders about the importance of public works in our daily lives.

Top 10 Public Works' Officials for 2015

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has announced the selection of the 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Top Ten Public Works Leader award, which is one of the most coveted and prestigious awards presented by APWA. The Top Ten Leaders award program inspires excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals from both the public and private sectors in North America.

From its inception in 1960, APWA's selection of a Top Ten list of exceptional public works professionals has identified 550 men and women who reflect the highest standards of professional conduct for public works officials. The honorees have been recognized for discharging critical responsibilities in connection to the design, construction, maintenance and/or operation of major public works projects or activities in large and small municipalities.

The 2015 Top Ten Award recipients include:

  • Jeb Blackwell – City Engineer, City of Charlotte, NC.
  • Stan Brown – Director of Municipal Services, City of Oakwood, GA.
  • Tom Collins – Deputy Director of Public Works, Town of Natick, MA.
  • Darwin Durnie – Director of Business Development, Stantec Consulting in Alberta, ON., Canada.
  • Greg McCaffery – Director of Municipal Services, City of Junction City, KS.
  • Natalie Meeks – Public Works Director, City of Anaheim, CA.
  • Dennis Randolph – Director of Public Works, City of Grandview, MO.
  • Greg Reeder – Public Works Director, City of Council Bluffs, IA.
  • Paul Smeltzer – Director of Water and Wastewater, Niagara Region, ON., Canada.
  • John Trujillo – Public Works Director, City of Phoenix, AZ.

"APWA is proud to honor the 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders," said APWA Executive Director Peter B. King. "During National Public Works Week, May 17 - 23, APWA announces the Top Ten Leaders, who are exceptional public works professionals that have been selected by a committee of peers for their career-long professionalism, expertise, service and personal contributions to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve. The APWA Top Ten represent the best of the public works profession. They are all to be highly commended, and are extremely worthy of this honor," said King.

For more information about APWA's National Public Works Week, visit the website at, or contact APWA Media Relations and Communications Manager, Laura Bynum, M.A. at 202.218.6736, or, or Jon Dilley at

About APWA

The American Public Works Association ( is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.

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