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Emerging Leaders Academy

A year-long national program, the Emerging Leaders Academy provides intensive leadership and management training within the context of public works. It encourages professional growth through a strong network of peers, and offers an in-depth introduction to APWA at the national, chapter and branch levels.

The candidates must be professionals who have been working in the field of public works for ten years or less and those who have demonstrated an interest in advancing their careers within the profession.

For more information about past Academy graduates or their class projects, use the links below.

“The APWA Emerging Leaders Academy provided a wealth of great information, and gave us the opportunity to network with other public works professionals from around the country. Overall, I believe the information we gained will help guide all who participated throughout their careers in public works."

-Jason Calbert, Assistant Administrator, Street Division, Newport News, VA

2016-2017 Academy Dates

 August 12, 2016  Applications Due (application instructions)
 September 21, 2016  Selected Applicants Notified
 October 13, 2016  First Conference Call
 November 3-5, 2016  Retreat (in Kansas City, Missouri)
 August 27-30, 2017  PWX (in Orlando, Florida)


The Emerging Leaders Academy is managed by the American Public Works Association. Some commonly asked questions questions are covered on the FAQs page. For assistance contact Becky Stein at 800-848-2792 ext. 5212 or