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August 1 Deadline for Emerging Leaders Academy

July 6, 2016

By Bob Cockriel, APWA-MN Past President

The Emerging Leaders Academy provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of public works, encouraging professional growth through a strong network of peers, and offering an in-depth introduction to APWA at the national, chapter, and branch levels.   

As the APWA-Minnesota Chapter has increased the focus on the development of our Young Professionals, we would like to sponsor one of our emerging leaders to attend this terrific program through APWA national. We are encouraging our members to send us a “Letter of Interest” by August 1 if interested in the program. 

The Emerging Leaders Academy is a year-long program that starts in September and concludes the following August. It is essential that individuals who participate in the academy are able to make the time commitment and have the support of their management to advance through the program. Participation in all events, activities, and projects of the academy is mandatory.

The academy’s activities include monthly one-hour conference calls; a two-day retreat in Kansas City, MO; and attendance at the APWA International Public Works PWX. It is expected that participants will also complete reading assignments and other class projects as requested by the Academy Coordinator. Learn more about the Emerging Leaders Academy here.

The chapter is proposing to sponsor one candidate for the 2016-2017 session, which would include attendance at the APWA National PWX in Orlando, FL in 2017.

Selection Criteria
In order to be considered for selection, the applicant should: 

  1. Be a professional who has been working in the field of public works for 10 years or less and demonstrated an interest in advancing their career within the profession. 
  2. Be a member of the American Public Works Association. 
  3. Be involved in and making contributions to chapter activities through participating in a committee or other chapter work. 
  4. Have a demonstrated record of wanting to continue to grow professionally in the field of public works.

Application Process
APWA-MN members wishing to be considered should prepare a letter (maximum of one page) addressing the criteria above. Letters of interest must be received no later than 4:30 p.m., August 1, 2016. Please be sure to include your APWA membership number. Email the letter in PDF format to: Bob Cockriel, APWA-MN Past-President, at

Selection of the potential candidates will be made by chapter officers on August 3 and candidates will be notified of the selection shortly thereafter. The decision will be ratified by the Executive Committee on August 17, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Bob Cockriel at (952) 563-8774.

Thank you for your interest!

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