Mar 12, 2021

APWA and IPWEA Expand Long-Term Partnership

The American Public Works Association and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia have recently entered into an agreement.

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The American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) have entered into an agreement to expand their reach and deliver greater value through education to their members in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 

According to the press release, both organizations are focused on facilitating the exchange of ideas, technology, resources, and management practices for professionals who deliver public works and infrastructure services.

The agreement facilitates APWA’s efforts to develop strategic and global alliances with other organizations to promote APWA’s education and credentialing programs and IPWEA’s objective to engage with strategic partners and industry, reported the press release. 

Members of both associations will benefit from the exchange of educational and credentialing programs, publications and products, events and leadership opportunities. Areas of collaboration include asset management, construction, maintenance and renewal of municipal infrastructure and a long-term contributor to the sustainable delivery of services to our communities. 

“APWA is excited to extend and expand our long-term partnership with IPWEA,” stated APWA President Mary Joyce Ivers in the press release. “Through this strategic alignment of organizational activities, APWA and IPWEA have enhanced the available technical and professional opportunities for every one of our members.”

Since 2004, APWA has sponsored 20 individuals to study in Australia and New Zealand in collaboration with IPWEA as part of APWA’s Jennings Randolph International Fellowship program. This program supports travel and participation at a public works conference of one of APWA's international partners and a public works study tour in that country. 

“There’s always been a willingness to work together around conferences and events, but now we’re looking at our products, services, and how we can bring that to a larger audience,” said IPWEA President Rita Excell in the press release. “People in public works in the southern hemisphere can learn from America and Canada, and vice versa. It’s about sharing knowledge, sharing best practices, and that’s what I’m most excited about.” 

For additional information about IPWEA, please contact IPWEA CEO David Jenkins at [email protected].

For additional information about APWA’s international efforts, please contact APWA Director of Sustainability and Canadian Government Affairs Anne Jackson at [email protected].

For additional information about APWA, please contact APWA Public Affairs Manager Charlie Arena at [email protected], or by phone at (202) 218-6736.