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Nominate Public Works Projects, Professionals for APWA Awards

Tuesday January 31st, 2017

Townships that completed public works projects last year or have exceptional public works employees may want to nominate them for a 2017 American Public Works Association Award. Applications are due by March 1.

In addition to honoring its chapter leaders and members, the APWA sponsors competitions open to the entire public works industry, including:

• Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year, which recognizes the outstanding career achievements of professionals and officials in the public and private sectors.

• Public Works Project of the Year, which honors excellence in project management and administration by recognizing the alliance among the managing agency, the engineers, and the contractor.

Awards are given in five categories: structures, transportation, environment, historic restoration/preservation, and disaster or emergency construction/repair. Each category is divided based on the cost of the project (less than $5 million, $5 million to $25 million, $25 million to $75 million, and more than $75 million).

• Public Works Project of the Year for Small Cities/Rural Communities, which recognizes creativity, ingenuity, and efficiency in projects that have a profound impact on the community.

Projects are honored in the categories of structures, transportation, environment, historic restoration/preservation, and disaster or emergency construction/repair. Awards are based on the impact to the community, rather than the cost of the project.

• Technical Innovation Award and Management Innovation Award, which recognize an individual, team, or organization for the development and implementation of a creative idea, device, process, or system that enhances public works in serving the public and protecting the environment.

• Exceptional Performance Award, which recognizes individuals, teams, and organizations whose work in emergency response, journalism, or safety has increased public awareness of the public works profession.

• Diversity Exemplary Practices Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to diversity. Awards are given in two categories: individuals and programs/organizations.

• Sustainability Practices Award, which recognizes individuals, teams, or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to promote sustainability in public works. Sustainability is accomplished by the efficient delivery of infrastructure in an environmentally and socially responsible way that ensures the best choice in the long term.

Entries are accepted from federal, state, or local governments; educational and nonprofit institutions; and private-sector organizations.  

Winners of the Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year will receive a plaque during National Public Works Week, May 21-27. All other winners will be recognized at PWX (Public Works Expo) in Orlando, Fla., August 27-30, 2017.

All nominations must be submitted electronically at www.apwa.net (choose the “About” tab and click on “Awards”). For more information, call Rhonda Wilhite toll-free at (800) 848-2792, ext. 5261, or email rwilhite@apwa.net.