The mission of APWA Chicago Metro Chapter is to advance the quality of life for our communities by supporting those who operate, improve and maintain public works and infrastructure through advocacy, education and member engagement.We strive to provide value to our membership and the public, to be a voice for public works in the community, provide training and credentialing for all aspects of public works and to create a dynamic and diverse membership through our branches.
As we venture into 2021, there are signs that return to normal could be around the corner.Taking over as president of the Chicago Metro Chapter in the midst of the pandemic has certainly been a different experience.Hosting our virtual leadership retreat in November seems like a long time ago, but we all pulled together and made it happen.Just like at our regular jobs, our industry adapted and has overcome some pretty significant challenges by leaning on each other and working together, albeit socially distant.
APWA has announced the theme of “Stronger Together” leading into National Public Works Week.I find this theme especially relevant to my experiences within the industry.One thing I have learned from 2020 is that I really do appreciate the personal connections I have made with many of you throughout the years.I have leaned on many of you throughout my career and that could not have happened without APWA.
This organization works hard to provide networking opportunities, educational programming and engages members through diversity and young professional events.These efforts lead to greater collaboration and provide the foundation for innovation.This year we will work hard for you to accomplish these goals and more and hope that you will join us.
Michael L. Hall, P.E.
2021 APWA Chicago Metro Chapter President
Director of Engineering & Public Works Village of Schaumburg