The City of Greeley was originally accredited in December 1997 and re-accredited in 2000, 2003, 2008, and most recently, in 2012. Greeley was the first city to earn accreditation, and many cities and counties throughout the United States and Canada have since earned accreditation. Greeley ’s Public Works Department is compliant with 375 applicable Best Management Practices established by the American Public Works Association.
The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services.
Originally chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, an office in Washington, D.C., and 67 chapters throughout North America. APWA provides a forum in which public works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies and companies and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.
The Association is a highly participatory organization, with hundreds of opportunities for leadership and service and a network of several dozen national committees in every area of public works. Governed by a Board of Directors, elected at both the regional and national levels, APWA is an open, flexible association with a diversified membership and reputation for quality services and products.
The purpose of the accreditation program is to provide a means of formally verifying and recognizing public works agencies for compliance with the recommended practices set forth in the Public Works Management Practices Manual. It is a voluntary, self-motivated approach to objectively evaluate, verify and recognize compliance with the recommended management practices. The objectives of the accreditation program are to:
Create impetus for organization self improvement and stimulate general raising of standards;
Offer a voluntary evaluation and education program rather than government required activity;
Recognize good performance and provide motivation to maintain and improve performance;
Improve public works performance and the provision of services;
Increase professionalism; and
Instill pride among agency staff, elected officials and the local community.