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City Achieves Prestigious Public Works Accreditation for the Second Time

The City of Arvada Departments of Public Works and Utilities recently received full accreditation by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the second time. This accreditation formally verifies and recognizes that the City is in full compliance with the recommended management practices set forth in APWA’s Public Works Management Practices Manual. 

The purpose of accreditation is to promote excellence in the operation and management of a public works agency, its programs and employees. Accreditation is designed to assist the City in continuous improvement of its public works operations and management, and provide a valid and objective evaluation of City programs as a service to the public and the profession.

Open to all governmental agencies with responsibilities for public works functions, initial accreditation from APWA is for a four-year period, during which time semi-annual updates are required to demonstrate continuing compliance. After that time, there is a re-accreditation process, which builds on the original accreditation, encouraging continuous improvement and compliance with newly identified practices.

“The Public Works and Utilities Departments are dedicated to continuous improvement and high levels of professionalism. Accreditation is a significant tribute to the City team members who strive everyday to provide services and programs on which our community depends,” said Public Works Director Don Wick. Utilities Director Sharon Israel agreed, “The City of Arvada’s Infrastructure team is passionate about the work they do and their service to the community.  APWA recognition demonstrates that commitment to excellence. I’m a resident of Arvada myself, and I am incredibly proud of the work our team does to serve the community.” 

For more information about the City’s accreditation, please contact Manager of Communications - Infrastructure Rachael Kuroiwa at, or 720-898-7607. For more information about APWA Accreditation, please contact APWA Accreditation Manager Stephen Miller at, or 816-595-5295.

About City of Arvada Infrastructure Work System

Together the Public Works and Utilities departments make up the Infrastructure work system. The community depends on a well-maintained foundation of streets, sidewalks, and water, wastewater and stormwater facilities. Planned and steady population growth requires proper maintenance of existing infrastructure and additional capacity to support a thriving community. The Public Works and Utilities departments work collaboratively to ensure the City’s infrastructure system allows Arvada residents to experience a safe, vibrant and prosperous community. 

About APWA

The American Public Works Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, has an office in Washington, DC, and 63 chapters in North America.