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August 10 deadline for Emerging Leaders Academy

July 17, 2017

By Chris Petree, APWA-MN 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 10 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 2017-2018 session, which would include attendance at the APWA National PWX in Kansas City, Missouri in 2018.

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 supervisory oversight of staff.
  5. 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 10, 2017. Please be sure to include your APWA membership number. Email the letter in PDF format to: Chris Petree, APWA-MN President, at

Selection of the potential candidates will be made by chapter officers on August 11 and candidates will be notified of the selection shortly thereafter. The decision will be ratified by the Executive Committee on August 16, 2017. A complete application packet needs to be submitted by the selected candidate to APWA by August 18, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact Chris Petree at (952) 985-2701.

Thank you for your interest!

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