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Port of San Diego Celebrates National Public Works Week

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Port of San Diego Celebrates National Public Works Week
Port of San Diego General Services employees pour cement in the Tuna Harbor parking lot in 2017.

The Port of San Diego joins public agencies throughout the country in celebrating May 17-23, 2020 as National Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

On May 19, 2020, the Board of Port Commissioners authorized a resolution proclaiming its support of National Public Works Week. Each year, APWA members in the U.S. and Canada spend this week honoring the tens of thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works, and educate the public on the important role public works plays in our everyday lives.

“On behalf of the Port of San Diego, I thank the Port’s Engineering-Construction and General Services departments, along with their consultants and contractors, for their dedication in helping to maintain our public waterfront facilities, especially in this challenging time,” said Shaun Sumner, Vice President of Real Estate, Engineering and Facilities for the Port. “These hardworking men and women ensure the Port runs safely and smoothly. The Port appreciates them and their commitment.”

APWA has selected “The Rhythm of Public Works” as its theme for 2020 National Public Works Week, illustrating how public works keeps a community’s rhythm moving by providing a multitude of infrastructure services in transportation, water, wastewater and stormwater treatment, public buildings and spaces, parks and grounds, emergency management and first response, solid waste, and right-of-way management.

In 2017, the Port of San Diego became the first port in the United States to be awarded National Accreditation through the APWA. The Accreditation program recognizes public agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual. The benefits of Accreditation will continue to be realized as the Port works to improve processes and enhance operational efficiencies.




About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.