As 2019 President of APWA-NC, I want to say “Thank You” for being an APWA member. APWA has over 30,000 members and 63 Chapters in North America. Since 1957, APWA-NC Chapter has been the leading organization for those who serve in public works and today we are an APWA Chapter with over 1,000 members and a history of excellence amongst the other 63 APWA Chapters.
Each of you have a role to play in APWA-NC. Some have years of experience that can be shared with members just getting started in their career while others offer technical skills that empower public works to be more effective and efficient. Whatever your skillset or experience, everyone can be an advocate for public works and a resource for other members. This is at the core of our Mission Statement “Engage the public works community and citizens through support, education, advocacy, and outreach by creating opportunities for training, accountability, networking, and growth for the benefit of all.”
Those who actively participate in APWA-NC are recognized as leaders in their fields and this is demonstrated in the APWA-NC Chapter Divisions of expertise in Stormwater, Streets, Solid Waste, Equipment Services, Leadership and Management, Facilities and Grounds, and Technology. Each of these practice line divisions provide valuable training and information for members, create opportunities for long lasting relationships with peers, and helps build a future that will better serve the communities we live in. This is at the core of our Vision Statement “Enhancing quality of life for all.”
Above I mentioned our Vision and Mission Statement. Our Chapter puts these words into action by providing continuing education, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to students, offering internship opportunities for those entering the workforce, recognizing industry leaders with State and National Awards, and programing numerous conferences so members can network, learn, and share ideas.
So, here is my challenge to each of you for 2019, find a place of service where you have passion and become engaged in APWA-NC. APWA NC is a volunteer organization, and we need everyone to play a part in our success. Perhaps you can volunteer to be committee member, or to help out at the next conference, or send in ideas for training. The level of commitment is up to you, but the value you receive by being more engaged will be returned in new friendships, a wider network of professionals, and a better you.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our conferences, workshops, or other training events.
L. Eddie Staley, PLS, GISP