SOURCE: Hanley Wood

November 12, 2008 16:02 ET

Hanley Wood's PUBLIC WORKS Magazine Announces Fifth Annual List of the Nation's Top Trendsetters

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) - PUBLIC WORKS magazine's November issue will spotlight the 50 people, places, and events that had the greatest impact on the nation's infrastructure over the past year.

In addition to naming infrastructure managers whose work brought their community or an issue into the spotlight, PUBLIC WORKS' fifth annual Trendsetters list recognizes influential elected officials, projects, organizations, and events -- like the fall of the U.S. financial market, which affects the budgets and borrowing practices of nearly all cities, states, and counties nationwide.

Trendsetters are nominated by their peers, selected by the editors of PUBLIC WORKS, or self-nominated. Like the Time Magazine Person of the Year Awards, PUBLIC WORKS recognizes both positive and negative contributions to our nation's streets and roads, solid waste collection and disposal, drinking water supplies, sanitary sewer systems, parks, and rights of way.

"We look for people whose research will help our readers and their employees better serve residents, or whose unflagging efforts improve the quality of life in and around their community," says Stephanie Johnston, editor in chief of PUBLIC WORKS magazine. "As for influential events, last year's collapse of a highway bridge in Minneapolis gave each American a wake-up call about the public-safety role of the nation's infrastructure, which is why we put that tragic event on our cover. This year, we're highlighting the domino effect of free-wheeling mortgage-lending practices on property, sales, and income tax revenues, which fund much of our readers' work. The fall-out of the credit crunch is that it's even harder for infrastructure -- which represents the average community's largest investment but is 'invisible' to residents unless a water main breaks or a road is closed -- to compete with police, fire, and education for taxpayer dollars."

For the complete story, and to view the full list of 2008 Trendsetters, visit the PUBLIC WORKS Web site at www.pwmag.com, go to "Articles & Extras," and click on "Trendsetters."

To learn more about how to be considered for this recognition next year, please contact Victoria K. Sicaras, PUBLIC WORKS, 773-824-2504, vsicaras@hanleywood.com.

PUBLIC WORKS, the voice of the public works industry for more than 100 years, is the only magazine focused solely on the information needs of city, county, and state employees who plan, build, operate, and maintain their community's infrastructure assets.

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.), publishes 34 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, ARCHITECT, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through eplans.com and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.