National Public Works Week 2014, May 18-24, celebrates the tens of thousands of men and women in the United States who provide public works services. According to the American Public Works Association (APWA), whose New England chapter celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, public works is defined as the combination of physical assets, management practices, policies, and personnel necessary for government to provide and sustain structures and services essential to the welfare and acceptable quality of life for its citizens. Public works includes the oversight and maintenance of water and sewer, roadways, public buildings, waste collection, and any other publicly maintained service or structure. Without public works employees and their tireless efforts, our communities would suffer and eventually fail. Consider losing water and sewer for a day, or a week, or a month. It’s unthinkable. Just these two basic services provide the backbone for civilized society and our way of life. Now consider plowing, trash collection, roadway and building maintenance, and other public works services, and it seems that we owe our nation’s public works employees a huge thank you.
Here at Tata & Howard, we wish to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all of the dedicated public works employees who help keep our nation running smoothly and safely. It is our greatest pleasure to work side by side with you and to see the incredible effort that you bring to the workplace on a daily basis. This week we celebrate YOU!