KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The American Public Works Association (APWA), a nonprofit organization with more than 28,500-members, announced today the declaration of National Public Works Week, May 18-24, 2014, to honor public works professionals in the U.S. and Canada, according to a press release.

The celebration of the week draws attention to the important contributions of public works professionals to citizens’ daily lives, including planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities – its infrastructure, the release reported.

Since 1960, APWA has celebrated National Public Works Week (NPWW) each May to raise awareness of these vitally important contributions of public works professionals and the crucial role that infrastructure, facilities and services play in the quality of life in our communities across North America, noted the release.

“Public works professionals are often unsung heroes of society, and this week honors those who serve the public good everyday with dedication,” said APWA Executive Director Peter B. King.

According to the release, the theme of this year's National Public Works Week is “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow."