President's Message

New England Chapter APWA

President's Message 2018

It is my honor and privilege to be writing to you as the President of the New England Chapter of the American Public Works Association. This is a unique opportunity to continue to work with the extremely dedicated professionals on the Executive Committee to bring rewarding experiences to our members, to create a successful 2018, and to build upon the work of the other great leaders that previously held the position of President.

The Executive Committee has been working diligently since I took the President’s gavel in December. The following highlights some of the hard work that has occurred:


Do you have a child in college or know of someone in college that could use some help with expenses? If you do then please tell them about the $10,000 worth of scholarships that are available through the Chapter. We have not received any applications to date so please tell them to act fast - applications are due by Friday, April 13th. Applications are available at


The Spring Conference Committee put together a robust program for the Spring Conference which is scheduled for April 18th at the Pratt and Whitney Field – home of the UConn Huskies. Registration is available online


The Public Works Awareness Committee is pleased to host the first-annual recognition day for DPW Administrative Professionals scheduled for April 24th. I encourage you to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the people that help to keep your office running smoothly and efficiently by inviting them to attend this event. Registration is available online at


The Mechanics Workshop Committee is hosting the Spring Mechanics’ Workshop in Lebanon, NH on April 26th. Spots are filling up quickly so don’t delay in registering. Registration is available online at


National Public Works Week is May 20th through the 26th. That week will be filled with events commemorating the hard work that we all do each and every day for our communities. One of the events that week is the “Fill a Public Works Truck” to support local food banks.

Be sure to block out time on your calendar for the National Public Works Week Commemorative Luncheon which will be at the Venezia Restaurant in Dorchester on May 23rd.

Remember to make your reservations now for the Chapter’s Summer Conference which will occur at the Red Jacket Beach Resort in South Yarmouth, MA from June 13th through the 15th.

More details on these events can be found online at

None of these events would be possible without the hard work, dedication, and passion of the members of the Executive Committee. I extend my sincere appreciation to those members who volunteer their time and talents to make the New England Chapter the best in the Nation!

We are also grateful for the support of our Sponsors. None of our events would be possible without their generous support. The Chapter appreciates our Sponsors’ financial support, their work on our Committees, their help at events, their friendship, and their dedication to the Chapter’s members. 

Last, but not least, I wish to thank Tim Webb, our esteemed President in 2017.  President Webb led the Chapter through a very exciting year that included an update to the Chapter Bylaws, he led us to new locations for both the Spring and Summer Conferences, and he led the Chapter as its membership earned 17 awards from the National APWA. I commend President Webb for his service, his dedication, and his commitment to improving the Chapter. Thank you Tim!

Best Wishes,

John K. Westerling

Your Chapter President


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