APWA-NC President's Message

The year was 1957 and the North Carolina Tar Heels were on their way to becoming undefeated NCAA Champions!! There were some other major developments occurring in our state around that same time…The NC Chapter of APWA was being formed. The organizational meeting was held in conjunction with the NC League of Municipalities Third Annual Municipal Public Works Conference at North Carolina State University on February 21, 1957. This first meeting was attended by approximately 40 municipal officials including the assistant director of the National APWA, Robert D. Bugler. At this meeting, Mr. H.W. Kueffner, Director of Public Works in Durham, was unanimously elected the first president of the chapter.

From those humble beginnings now stands one of the largest and fastest growing APWA Chapters in the country. With over 1000 members and counting, 2017 is on pace to mark another banner year for our Chapter. This year we will recognize individuals who are leaders in their fields of expertise such as Stormwater, Streets, Solid Waste, Equipment Services, Leadership and Management, Facilities and Grounds and Technology at their respective conferences. Those individuals will also have the opportunity to be recognized nationally for their achievements! 

Have you ever thought about continuing your education? Did you know the Chapter will hand out thousands of dollars in scholarships, not only to students, but also, to those of you already in the workforce?

APWA-NC also sponsors a virtual cornucopia of trainings and education opportunities all year long across the state. Have you ever attended one of those trainings?

Did you know that APWA-NC, in addition to having seven technical divisions, has approximately 15 committees such as Education and Training, Membership and Diversity just to name a few?

Isn’t it great to know you are a member of an organization that offers so much to so many?

Now, my charge to each of you this year is to find what your opportunity is in this great organization and OWN it. The relationships and networking opportunities you will gain just by becoming more involved can only add to the great value of being an APWA-NC member!

We love seeing you at our conferences and trainings and would love to see you getting involved on one of our boards and/or committees!

So Happy Anniversary to one of the best Public Works Organizations in the country OUR APWA-NC!!

Thank you All!!

Barry Lowry
APWA-NC President 2017


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