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WHEREAS, public works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities, and services that are of vital importance to sustainable communities, and to the health, safety, and well-being of the people of Virginia; and
WHEREAS, such facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals, engineers, managers and employees from state and local government and the private sector; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is thankful to all those who plan, design, build, operate, and maintain the transportation, water supply, water treatment and solid waste systems, public buildings, and other structures and facilities essential to our citizens; and
WHEREAS, it is critical that the people of Virginia are educated about and participate in the shaping of public works programs in their respective communities; and
WHEREAS, 2018 marks the 58th annual National Public Works Week sponsored by the American Public Works Association;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 21-26, 2018, as NATIONAL PUBLIC WORKS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.