After years of being courted by the Texas Public Works Association (TPWA), El Paso has established an organization dedicated to furthering public works professions in far West Texas. The El Paso branch named Paso Del Norte after the region’s rich cultural history was established this summer as an extension of the American Public Works Association (APWA), TPWA’s parent organization.
The newly elected Paso Del Norte branch board of directors is anxious to bring the resources of the APWA and TPWA, to the counties within the branch’s area (El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Presidio, Brewster).
For Paso Del Norte branch President R. Alan Shubert establishing a local branch of the APWA was essential because El Paso’s climate and environment pose public works issues that other Texas cities don’t experience. The Paso Del Norte branch will offer West Texas public works professionals with a national support system to grow in their fields and better impact the quality of life in the communities they serve.
“It’s really the best network for our public works professionals to network and compare notes. El Paso is on a bit of an island and we don’t have other municipalities or subdivisions of government to compare notes with. APWA gives us that,” Shubert said.
To build up its membership, the Paso Del Norte branch is hosting an introductory meeting on the workings of APWA. TPWA President Lamberto “Bobby” Ballí is the guest speaker. The meeting is scheduled from 3pm-5pm on November 1, 2012, at the Municipal Service Center, 7968 San Paulo Drive.
The meeting is open to anyone working in the public works industry, public or private, within far West Texas. For more information about the meeting, contact Bri Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org