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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 no more than ten years or have been working for longer than ten years but have been promoted into their first leadership role within the past three years. Candidates shall 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

Why Should You Apply to the Emerging Leaders Academy?

Hear from past ELA graduates why you should consider applying to the program today!

2020-2021 Academy Dates

 August 7, 2020

 Applications Due    (more information)

 September 25, 2020

 Selected Applicants Notified

 October 9, 2020

 First Conference Call

 November 5-7, 2020

 Retreat (in Kansas City, Missouri)

 August 30-September 2, 2020

 PWX (in St. Louis, Missouri)

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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 Deanne Cross at 800-848-2792 ext. 5216 or