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2019 Theme and Poster


APWA is proud to announce “It Starts Here” as the theme for the 2019 National Public Works Week. This theme represents the many facets of modern civilization that grow out of the efforts put forth by the public works professionals across North America. What starts here? Infrastructure starts with public works... Growth and innovation starts with public works... Mobility starts with public works... Security starts with public works... Healthy communities start with public works... The bottom line is that citizens' quality of life starts with public works.


This year’s exciting poster embraces a game board concept that puts into perspective the many responsibilities public works professionals take on to build, maintain, and support the infrastructure that helps our communities thrive. We invite those in public works as well as the general public to celebrate these efforts and the indispensable influence they have on our everyday life.

Purchase your 2019 National Public Works Week poster from the APWA Store.

Member Price: $13.00
Non-Member Price: $16.00

About the Artist

Sam Ward knew from a very early age that he was to be an artist. He grew up studying art under his fine artist father, and went on to graduate with honors from the Ringling College of Art and Design.
He has developed two distinct styles seemingly at opposite ends of the artistic spectrum. His colorful, kinetic commercial images, mostly focusing on the youth market, have appeared worldwide.

His clients include Hasbro, Fisher-Price, Scholastic, Disney, Mattel, 6-Flags, McDonalds, Major League Baseball, USA TODAY, Apple, National Geographic, and the U.S. Government.

Sam’s editorial style is very thought provoking. His bold, concepts inspire, inform and greatly entertain readers in our ever-changing global community.

Sam currently resides in Sarasota Florida with his wife and three children.

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2019 NPWW Poster

Get your 2019 poster and all the rest of your National Public Works Week outreach materials by visiting the APWA Store!