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May 13, 2022

MONTEREY COUNTY – The American Public Works Association, Monterey Bay Chapter, along with the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), and public agencies in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, are celebrating “National Public Works Week” May 15-21, 2022, in partnership with the American Public Works Association/Canadian Public Works Association (APWA, CPWA).

Declaring May 15-21, 2022  as National Public Works Week offers the Central Coast and communities across the nation, the opportunity to pay tribute to the public works professionals who are always ready to serve their communities and resilient in their abilities to perform routine public works duties that contribute to the health, safety and quality of life in our local communities; and be ready at a moment’s notice to react as first responders during natural disasters to overcome trials seen in the field.


From providing clean water to disposing of solid waste, to building roads and bridges or planning for and implementing mass transit, to devising emergency management strategies to meet natural or man-made disasters, the availability of public works services determines a society’s quality of life. Their work is essential yet goes mostly unnoticed.

When asked why the proclamation and recognition was important, especially at this time, Patrick Dobbins, President of the Monterey Bay Area Regional Chapter of APWA, said, “There is honor in the work that we do. This is about raising awareness, appreciation and inspiration for the next generation of public works professionals about the breadth, scope, and importance of public works careers.”

Emphasizing that point further, Todd Muck, Executive Director of TAMC said, “These are the individuals who focus on infrastructure, facilities, and services that are of vital importance to the sustainability and resiliency of our communities’ health, quality of life, and well-being. Celebrating Public Works Week allows us the opportunity to thank the men and women of the Central Coast who provide these valuable services.”

For more information, about APWA, Monterey Bay Chapter and career opportunities, contact, Patrick Dobbins, Chapter President, at or 831-675-5000


“Chartered in 1937, the American Public Works Association is the largest and oldest international educational and professional organization of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. APWA members are involved in the construction, operation and maintenance of public infrastructure for towns, cities, and counties.”

 “APWA, Monterey Bay Chapter has been serving Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties since 1962. For more information contact Patrick Dobbins, Chapter President at or 831- 675-5000. Visit the chapter website at

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors. The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit or call 831.775.0903.”