After years of being courted by the
Texas Public Works Association (TPWA), El Paso has established
an organization dedicated to furthering public works professions
in far West Texas.
The El Paso branch named Paso
Del Norte after the region’s rich cultural history was
established this summer as an extension of the American Public
Works Association (APWA), TPWA’s parent organization.
The newly elected Paso Del Norte
branch board of directors is anxious to bring the resources of
the APWA and TPWA, to the counties within the branch’s area (El
Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Presidio, Brewster).
For Paso Del Norte branch President
R. Alan Shubert establishing a local branch of the APWA was
essential because El Paso’s climate and environment pose public
works issues that other Texas cities don’t experience. The Paso
Del Norte branch will offer West Texas public works
professionals with a national support system to grow in their
fields and better impact the quality of life in the communities
“It’s really the best network for
our public works professionals to network and compare notes. El
Paso is on a bit of an island and we don’t have other
municipalities or subdivisions of government to compare notes
with. APWA gives us that,” Shubert said.
To build up its membership, the
Paso Del Norte branch is hosting an introductory meeting on the
workings of APWA. TPWA President Lamberto “Bobby” Ballí is the
guest speaker. The meeting is scheduled from 3pm-5pm on November
1, 2012, at the Municipal Service Center, 7968 San Paulo Drive.
The meeting is open to anyone working in the public works
industry, public or private, within far West Texas. For more
information about the meeting, contact Bri Morales at