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The Port of San Diego Celebrates National Public Works Week

The Port of San Diego joins public agencies throughout the country in celebrating May 19-25 as National Public Works Week, sponsored by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

On May 14, 2024, 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 educating the public on the important role public works plays in our everyday lives.

The Board of Port Commissioners also recognized Isaiah Cabral, an equipment operator with the Port’s General Services Department. On April 25 at the San Diego Area Chapter of the American Public Works Association Equipment ROADeo Competition, Isaiah outperformed all other competitors and took the top prize, winning first place overall, first place in the backhoe event, and second place with the mini excavator. The competition included participants from over 15 public works departments in San Diego County. 

“The Port of San Diego is proud to celebrate National Public Works Week by honoring its Engineering-Construction, General Services, and Guest Experiences Departments, along with their consultants and contractors,” said Chairman Frank Urtasun, Board of Port Commissioners. “We thank them for all of their hard work keeping our public areas along the San Diego Bay waterfront clean, safe, beautiful, and welcoming for all.”

APWA’s theme for this year’s National Public Works Week is “Advancing Quality of Life for All.” The theme illustrates how public works professionals contribute to and enhance the quality of life in all the communities they proudly serve. 

In 2017, the Port of San Diego became the first port in the United States to be awarded National Accreditation through the APWA. It was re-accredited in 2021 for another four years. 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.