President's Message

New England Chapter APWA

President's Message 2022

Happy New Year and Hello everyone! 

As 2021 has left and 2022 is here, lets all take a deep breath and move forward through 2022 with renewed energy. It is a privilege and honor to serve as President of the New England Chapter of the American Public works Association. As I look back at the many Presidents before myself, and the knowledge and expertise that we all have had the privilege to share in, I want to say thank you.

Looking forward to the Spring Conference that we have had to skip for the last two years (you all know why). That is a breath of fresh air! The committee has been dedicated through all of the negative and has a great conference planned, see you all there. With all the problems in the world today as in the past, Public Works has always been there and has always moved forward and helped improve our communities. 

As most know there is a new event this year! Vermont Municipal Equipment Show and Field Days, May 11th in Barre VT. National Public Works Week Luncheon May 18th is at Granite Links Golf Club this year. The Summer Conference is back in June 15-17th at the Red Jacket. See the website for all this and all the other great events in 2022.   

As I look back at all the training, seminars, interactions and networking that we all have had the privilege to receive as a member of the New England Chapter, one cannot help but think of the monetary value of that information in the application of said knowledge. It is my challenge to all NEAPWA members as well as all APWA members to keep that knowledge and information flowing. 

As we move into the future and look at new technologies and operational standards, the young professionals will be in the lead. Let’s educate and instill more confidence in our staff and bring new blood to the for front so this great organization can lead far into the future. This will help build the infrastructure beyond what we see today for many years into the future. 

Employee training is very important to all things Public Works. Many of us over the years have been instructing our staff in many areas. For New England, snow is very impactful, it has been a privilege for many of us to pass on our knowledge in this area in way of the Snow Plow Rodeo and Winter driver trainings. It’s my desire for this to continue and expand as technology evolves. 

As some of you know I also serve as President of the Rhode Island Public Works Association. As President of two Public Works Associations, it is exciting and challenging at the same time. I also would not have had the pleasure of meeting the most intelligent and diverse group of professionals on the planet, if it was not for this, it is my hope that you all have a prosperous and enjoyable 2022. 

Respectfully, 

Stephen Mattscheck

NEAPWA Chapter President

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