Public Works Latest News
Over the last year or so we haven't released any email blasts and have instead have put all our efforts into publishing on the Public Works Daily and the Public Works Group Blog site. But this month we decided to again start launching the email blast, Taking It to the Streets because that format provides an easy and quick method of sharing newly released informaiton or resources. In case you are trying to decide which publication best meets your needs, here's a short summary of the layout and topics you'll find in each:
FEMA just opened the digital doors to their newly designed website at http://www.fema.gov. In the video below, FEMA Administrator Fugate explains how the redesign improves the search function and focuses more on what information people want from FEMA. He said the old site was organized more around how FEMA was structured. One thing to keep in mind is if you've linked to FEMA on any of your own sites, you might want to check out the links to make sure they still point to the right pages on the FEMA website:
May is a busy month for promoting public works! First we have National Bike Month with a Bike to School Day on May 9th, a Bike to Work Week from May 14-18, and a Bike to Work Day on May 18th. You can check out all the other bike-related events and activities going on in May by visiting the League of American Bicyclists website.
Next up is Drinking Water Week, held May 6-12. This is a promotion celebrated by the American Water Works Association. The group is offering a video and coloring contest along with materials you can use to promote the week in your own community. Check out their site at the link below:
March seems to have become the month to celebrate water. There are several awareness initiatives underway this month to inform people about the benefits and dangers of water. Below are a few of these initiatives with links to the websites where you can download promotional and educational materials. These can then be shared by your agency with your citizens or customers.
National Groundwater Awareness Week - March 11-17 - EPA Groundwater Site: http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/awarenessweek.cfm
Fix a Leak Week - March 12-18 - EPA WaterSense Site: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html
It's that time of year again when engineers everywhere reach out to the public to promote our profession. This year, there seems to be several more organizations supporting e-week through their own websites and promotional efforts. You can still go to the official site at http://www.eweek.org and pick up some information, ideas, and graphics. But in addition, this year you can find even more resources at the following sites:
American Society of Mechanical Engineers: http://www.asme.org/events/engineers-week-2012
American Society of Civil Engineers: http://www.asce.org/Outreach/Engineers-Week-2012/
The National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) has set up a website offering "a public meeting place that provides members and the public with resource documents, discussion forums, member profiles, file storage and more to share traffic signal management and operations, safety, and maintenance information."
People interested in traffic signals can create a profile on the site and connect with other professionals. As of Oct. 5, 2011, there were 167 members on the site. There's also newsfeeds and event feeds related to the industry so visiting the site is a great way to get the latest scoop on signal technology.
The U.S. military has been proactive and on the front line in leveraging social media and other online technologies. In August 2011, the Army released version two of their United States Army Social Media Handbook (you can read the book in the embedded frame below or follow the link to download it from Slideshare.net). And more recently, the Marines published an online handbook of social media principles: The Social Corps. Each publication provides a great model for other agencies working on providing guidance for their own employees. So far, on Slideshare, the Army's document has received almost 93,000 views and 4,700 downloads.
Sign up now to be a coalition member on the National Preparedness Website. After registering, you'll receive a link to access a toolkit with resources to use to "encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities." These resources include web banners, posters, press releases, presentations, templates, quizzes, and many other items.
(DENVER, CO) – On Monday, June 13, 2011, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will launch its first ever virtual event. ACE11 Virtual will broadcast AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE11) content live from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
ACE11 Virtual attendees will have access to over nine hours of live broadcast, beginning with the Opening General Session keynote speakers Mr. Yoshihiko Misono, Executive Director of the Japan Water Works Association (JWWA), and Dave Singleton, President of Layne Christensen’s Water Resource Division.
In addition to the live content, ACE11 Virtual will also contain over 15 hours of on-demand content from AWWA’s extensive library of videos and webcasts.
For more information on webcasts and registration details, go to www.awwa.org/ace11virtual.
The League of American Bicyclists are promoting May as Bike to Work Month with this week designated as "Bike to Work Week." For those of you wanting to encourage more bicyclists in your community, the League offers many promotional materials on their website at: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth.
While you're in "bike mode," you might want to check out a website for a new community developing in South Carolina. They plan to create the entire community with no provisions for vehicle traffic. Cars will be parked outside the boundaries of the city. Find out more about Bicycle City at: http://www.bicyclecity.com/