Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow

May 15, 2014

Mayor Roxanne Carr has officially proclaimed May 18 to 24 National Public Works Week (NPWW) in the County.

This year’s theme “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow” represents the classic idea of stewardship embodied by the profession of public works and the professionals that practice it. Focusing on the communities “building” points out the day-to-day aspect of public works that is quality of life, while “planning” references the sustainable practices that ensure that quality of life for future generations.

“We use this week to educate the public on the importance of the contribution of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our growing community,” says Carr. “This week we applaud the hard work of the people who deliver these services.”

“It takes a strong team of diverse talents to build the quality of life we enjoy in the County,” adds Kevin Glebe, Associate Commissioner, Infrastructure & Planning Services, Strathcona County.

Departments in the Infrastructure and Planning Services division include: Capital Planning and Construction, Planning and Development Services, Transportation and Agriculture Services, Economic Development and Tourism, and Utilities.

Instituted as a public education campaign by the American Public Works Association in 1960, NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works. The week seeks to enhance the prestige of the often ‘unsung heroes of our society–the professionals who serve the public good every day with quiet dedication’.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a young, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Kevin Glebe, Associate Commissioner, Infrastructure and Planning Services, 780-464-8248