By Katie Weiler

No one can predict the future, but experts can take an educated guess.

That's why we asked the American Public Works Association's (APWA) Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year to identify what will most influence the profession over the next few years. Answers range from environmental regulations to social media, but a common thread runs through all: doing (even) more with less.

APWA has honored members from across the United States and Canada for the past 52 years. Each of the Top Ten Leaders will be recognized during the awards ceremony held Aug. 26 – 29 as part of the APWA 2012 International Public Works Congress & Exposition in Anaheim, Calif.

“These exceptional professionals have been selected by a committee of peers for their career-long professionalism, expertise, service, and personal dedication to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve,” says APWA executive director Peter King.