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Emerging Leaders Academy Opportunity - Deadline to apply is July 8

April 18, 2019

APWA’s 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. 
The academy is a year-long program, starting in September and concludes the following August. Activities include monthly one-hour conference calls; a two-day retreat in Kansas City, MO; and attendance at the PWX conference. It is expected that participants will also complete reading assignments and other class projects as requested by the Academy Coordinator. 
To support the development of our Young Professionals, APWA-Minnesota would like to sponsor one of our emerging leaders to attend the academy. 
To be eligible for APWA’s Emerging Leaders Academy, candidates must be:
  • Individuals who have been working in the field of public works or performing public works-related functions for no more than 10 years or have been working for longer than 10 years but have been promoted into their first supervisory role within the past three years. (Note: the total number of years includes public works-related employment at both public and private agencies.)
  • Interested in advancing their careers within the public works profession.
  • Committed to full participation in all Emerging Leader Academy assignments and activities, with the full support of their agency’s executive leadership.
Selection into the program is competitive, with approximately 20 applicants accepted per year. As such, the Minnesota Chapter will also be looking for:
  • Being a member of APWA-MN.
  • Involvement in and making contributions to chapter activities through participating in a committee or other chapter work.
  • Have supervisory oversight of staff.
  • Participation in all events, activities, and projects of the academy is mandatory.
  • Participation on monthly Emerging Leaders Academy class conference calls.
  • Timely submission of program-related homework assignments.
  • Attendance at the Emerging Leaders Academy Retreat in Kansas City, Missouri (November 7-9, 2019).
  • Attendance at PWX in New Orleans, LA (August 30-September 2, 2020).
  • Financial support from designated sponsor for attendance at PWX including registration fee, round-trip travel costs, hotel accommodations and meals.
  • Completion of class project.
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., July 8, 2019. Please be sure to include your APWA membership number. Email the letter in PDF format to Amy Grothaus, APWA-MN President, at
Selection of the potential candidates will be made by chapter officers on July 12 and candidates will be notified of the selection shortly thereafter. The decision will be ratified by the Executive Committee on August 21, 2019. The complete application packet needs to be submitted by the selected candidate to APWA by August 2, 2019.
If you have questions, please contact Amy Grothaus at 651.261.7122.
Thank you for your interest!
Amy Grothaus, APWA-MN President

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