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2019 Presidents Message from Silvia Noriega

2019-20 APWA President’s Message

Please let me say how honored I am to be the new president of the APWA San Diego – Imperial Valley Counties Chapter!  It is an exciting time to be involved locally in a leading industry resource for public works professionals in our region, and have the opportunity to serve nationally as the future host of the 2023 PWX conference when it comes to San Diego.

In strategic planning meetings with the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs, we covered so many ways our Chapter can continue to grow and serve our current and future membership. We thought it practical to settle on a short list of main goals, which are described below:

MEMBERSHIP  We will continue having outstanding luncheon programs, workshops, and training opportunities.  A fun event is our Summer Social, celebrating our annual accomplishments while providing new and legacy members opportunities to network. 

        STUDENT OUTREACH.   We want to establish an SDSU APWA Student Chapter to expose students to the public works industry prior to graduation.  A student chapter will provide us the opportunity to distribute scholarship and internship opportunities directly to students.

        2023 PWX PLANNING.   We need to set local chapter fundraising goals and establish a committee to lead the effort of showcasing San Diego Public Works at the conference.

        JOINT MEETINGS.   We desire to partner with professional and community organizations, and present on a wide range of topics and panels that discuss current issues.

        WEBSITE.   We want to elevate our chapter as a go-to resource for information during public emergencies.  Website updates will provide new and emerging resources to our members, which also supports growing our membership.

These areas noted above highlight where the Board is focusing our energies in 2019 and into 2020.  Yet, we will certainly have a need for adjusting and recognizing new priorities, and in this we depend on the members at large to help us fine tune our actions to best serve you.  Through your active participation in the chapter, we gain a better vision of the topics you value, and the services needed.  Don’t hesitate to either join a committee or reach out to your Board members and let us know how our chapter can support YOU this year.


Silvia A. Noriega, President

APWA San Diego-Imperial Valley Counties Chapter


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