About the Chapter

Texas Public Works Association

ABOUT TPWA


American Public Works Association Overview

The American Public Works Association (APWA) is a not-for-profit, international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. 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, and has an office in Washington, D.C.

Originally chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, an office in Washington, D.C., and 67 chapters throughout North America. APWA provides a forum in which public works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies and companies, and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.

The association is a highly participatory organization, with hundreds of opportunities for leadership and service, and a network of several dozen national committees in every area of public works. Governed by a board of directors, elected at both the regional and national levels, APWA is an open, flexible association with a diversified membership of 29,000+ and a reputation for quality services and products.

The American Public Works Association serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. The APWA website www.apwa.net has valuable information for you.

Membership in APWA is open to public and private sector individuals, agencies, and companies interested and involved in the delivery of public works goods and services. Membership information and easy on-line application is also available www.apwa.net.

About the Texas Chapter APWA and Branches

The Texas Chapter is the largest Chapter (1500+) members of the 29,000 member American Public Works Association.  The professional association (APWA) and the Texas Chapter exist to promote the value of public works, to provide education for the public works professional, and to create a professional network for members.

Membership in APWA is open to anyone with an interest in public works. There are two types of membership—individual or group—simply choose the category that best meets your needs and complete a membership application. Whether you are new to public works or a seasoned veteran, you won’t be disappointed!

Membership in the Texas Chapter is through membership our national association (APWA) and the membership application is easily accessible on the APWA web site www.apwa.net . There is a nominal $10 annual charge added to APWA membership dues to become a member of the Texas Chapter.

To best meet the needs of our members, the geographically diverse State of Texas has been divided in Branch areas. The nine current Branches (map located on Texas Chapter web site) are: Central Texas Branch (centered around Austin/Waco), North Central Branch (centered around DFW Metroplex), Paso del Norte Branch (centered around El Paso), Permian Basin (centered around Midland/Odessa), Rio Grande Valley Branch (centered around Rio Grande Valley), South Central Branch (centered around San Antonio), Southeast Branch (centered around Houston), South Plains Branch (centered around Lubbock), and the West Central Branch (centered around Abilene). Each Branch meets locally and provides educational programming for members. There is no charge to be a member of a Branch and membership in a Branch is based on a member’s geography location.

The Texas Chapter remains committed to serving the public works professional. To that end, some of important annual initiatives of the Texas Chapter are:

  • Texas Annual Public Works Short Course (February) - Two-day educational program designed to provide up-to-date valued training for the public works field service personnel
  • Texas Annual Public Works Annual Conference and Equipment Show (June) - Two-day educational and networking program designed to provide valued education for the public works supervisor, public works director, and all interested in furthering public works knowledge. An equipment show with 80-90 exhibitors is held in conjunction with the event.
  • Public Works Institute of Texas (PWITX) - The Public Works Institute of Texas (PWITX) continues an award winning tradition of providing members of the Texas Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) with the highest quality in educational and professional development opportunities.
  • Professional Recognition Program - The Texas Chapter fully participates in the revered national APWA Awards program. Additionally, the Texas Chapter and many Branches have highly regarded Award Programs. Each year the Texas Chapter hosts two rounds of awards and information on both programs are located on the Texas Chapter web site
  • The Field Service Award Program
  • The Annual Awards Program
  • Vibrant Scholarship Program - The Texas Chapter and Branches annually make funds available for higher education and professional development scholarships. Information and applications for Texas Chapter and Branch scholarships are located on the web site.
  • Public Celebration of National Public Works Week - The Texas Chapter and many of the Branches host public works week programs. The Texas Chapter bi-annually hosts a barbeque on the lawn of the capitol during PWW.
  • Participant Magazine - This quarterly magazine promotes the public works profession in the State of Texas
  • National PACE Program - The Texas Chapter and Branches have received the President’s Award for Chapter Excellence for 16 years. This is a designation from national APWA which annually acknowledges the contribution of thousands of volunteer hours that enhance the public works profession.
  • Leadership Development

The Texas Chapter and Branches are committed to providing leadership opportunities for public works professionals. The Chapter—as well as each Branch—seeks interested individuals who wish to be of service to their profession.

Texas Chapter APWA
P.O.Box 293762
Lewisville, Texas. 75029

            
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