City of Gainesville Department of Public Works earns American Public Works Association reaccreditation

Press release from City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville Department of Public Works has received full accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the fourth time. This accreditation formally verifies and recognizes the agency is in full compliance with the recommended management practices set forth in APWA’s Public Works Management Practices Manual.           

“We are extremely proud to have earned reaccreditation from the APWA. It is a testament to the dedicated staff at Public Works who provide services to Gainesville neighbors and help make our community a great place to live, work, and play,” said Public Works Interim Director Brian Singleton. 

Open to all governmental agencies with responsibilities for public works functions, initial accreditation from APWA is a four-year period, during which time semi-annual updates are required to demonstrate continuing compliance. After that time, there is a reaccreditation process that 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 its 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. 

APWA’s accreditation process includes five major steps: self-assessment, application, improvement, evaluation, and accreditation. Formally awarded the prestigious accreditation by APWA’s Accreditation Council for the 4th time, Gainesville’s Public Works department was the 53rd agency in North America to be awarded APWA Accreditation in 2007.