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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 must have demonstrated an interest in advancing their careers within the profession.

2023-2024 program applications are now available.

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Application Timeline

  • Applications due: July 28, 2023
  • Applicants notified of status in 2023-2024 class: no later than September 22, 2023
  • 2023-2024 class retreat in Kansas City, MO: November 9-11, 2023 (required if accepted)
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The Emerging Leaders Academy is managed by the American Public Works Association. Some commonly asked questions are covered on the FAQs page. For assistance, contact the Education and Credentialing Department at 800-848-2792 or