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Posted on: June 23, 2021

City of Fort Myers Public Works Department Achieves Accreditation

Public Works Accreditation

Designation from the American Public Works Association reflects full compliance and best practices

 Fort Myers, FL – June 22, 2021 – On May 25, 2021, the City of Fort Myers, FL Department of Public Works has recently received full accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the second time. This accreditation formally verifies and recognizes that the agency is in full compliance with the recommended management practices set forth in APWA’s Public Works Management Practices Manual.

Open to all governmental agencies with responsibilities for public works functions, initial accreditation from APWA is for a four-year period, during which time semi-annual updates will be required to demonstrate continuing compliance. After that time, there is a re-accreditation process which builds on the original accreditation, encouraging continuous improvement and compliance with newly identified practices.

The purpose of accreditation is to promote excellence in the operation and management of a public works agency, its programs and employees. Accreditation is designed to assist the agency in continuous improvement of operations and management, and in providing a valid and objective evaluation of agency programs as a service to the public and the profession.

“The continuation of Accreditation for the City of Fort Myers, FL, Department of Public Works, indicates staff from have met all applicable Accreditation documentation and practices over time. In a statement from Public Works Director, Richard Moulton “The APWA Accreditation reflects dedication from all staff towards continued improvement and excellence. We are extremely proud to receive this honor. The heroes of this prestigious designation are the public works staff, whose mission is to provide services and programs that contribute to making Fort Myers a great place to live and work.”

APWA’s accreditation process includes five major steps:

  • Self-Assessment: Using the Public Works Management Practices Manual, an internal review of an agency’s practices combined with a comparison of the recommended practices contained in the manual.
  • Application: Once the decision has been made to commit to the Accreditation Program, the agency submits a formal application.
  • Improvement: After the agency has completed the self-assessment and identified areas needing improvement, the agency will work to bring all practices into an acceptable level of compliance with the recommended practices.
  • Evaluation: Following the completion of the improvement phase, the agency will request a site visit. The site visit will consist of a review and evaluation of the agency to determine the level of compliance with all applicable practices.
  • Accreditation: The Accreditation Council will review the site visit results and recommendation from the team, voting to award or deny accreditation. 

This is the second time the City of Fort Myers Public Works Department has been awarded the prestigious accreditation by APWA’s Accreditation Council.  The city is among 172 current agencies in North America to be achieve this designation, and one of 22 agencies in the State of Florida. In addition to Fort Myers, the accredited agencies in Florida include Aventura, Coral Springs, Gainesville, Lakeland, Largo, Hillsborough County (3 agencies), Leon County, Miami Beach, Pinellas County, Pinellas Park, North Port, Okaloosa County, St. Petersburg (4 agencies), Sumter County, Port St. Lucie and Wellington.

For more information about APWA Accreditation, please contact APWA Accreditation Manager, Tracy Holland at tholland@apwa.net or (816)595-5294.

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About APWA 

The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 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, MO, has an office in Washington, DC, and 63 chapters in North America.

 

 

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