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Posted on: November 1, 2016

City of Fort Myers Public Works Department Receives Prestigious APWA Accreditation

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The Fort Myers Public Works Department has recently been awarded a prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Accreditation. The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry, as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual. The Fort Myers Public Works Department began working on their Accreditation in September, 2014 and was awarded Accreditation on October 14, 2016.

The Fort Myers Public Works Department Staff will be presented the Accreditation plaque by APWA Past President Brian Usher, PWLF, Public Works Director of Largo, FL, on November 7, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 2200 Second Street, in Fort Myers, FL 33901.

The achievement of the APWA Public Works Accreditati0n indicates the department has met all applicable Accreditation documentation and practices. “The awarding of the APWA Accreditation shows that the Public Works Department and the City of Fort Myers have dedicated themselves to concepts of improvement and in-depth self-assessment of department policies, procedures and practices. The heroes of this prestigious APWA award are the public works staff whose mission is to provide public works services and programs that contribute to making Fort Myers a great city,” said City Manager, Saeed Kazemi.

The Public Works Department in Fort Myers includes a diverse group of divisions that are responsible for maintenance, construction operations, and engineering support for the city’s infrastructure. Public Works also maintains parks and recreation venues and is committed to making the city beautiful, livable and sustainable. Also included in the department are trash and recycling, current capital projects and the provision of safe streets, dependable utilities and a superior quality of life for Fort Myers’ citizens.

For Fort Myers’ Public Works Department’s Accreditation review, a team of public works professionals from Garner, NC; Austin, TX; Bloomfield, CT; and Kansas City, MO conducted a thorough evaluation of operations during their September, 2016 site visit. “It’s great to have the Fort Myers Public Works Department reach full compliance with their practices. I commend their continued commitment to the detailed review of the agency’s policies and procedures to quality,” said APWA Director of Accreditation, Ann Daniels.

The Fort Myers Public Works Department is the 117th Accredited Agency in North America and joins other APWA accredited public works agencies in Florida, including Port St. Lucie, Hillsborough County, Okaloosa County, Largo, Gainesville, Miami Beach, Palm Bay, Wellington, North Port, and Lakeland.

For more information about the Fort Myers Public Works Department, contact Public Works Interim Director, Richard Moulton at: For more information about APWA Accreditation, please contact APWA Director of Accreditation, Ann Daniels at For APWA media queries, please contact Laura Bynum, APWA Media Relations and Communications Manager at

About APWA
The American Public Works Association ( is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.

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