City of Largo Public Works Department Receives Prestigious Accreditation
Largo – The City of Largo's Department of Public Works recently became the 50th agency accredited by the American Public Works Association in the United States and Canada. On July 15th representatives from APWA will recognize the achievement of the Public Works Department when they formally present the City Commission with this prestigious recognition. The Department is only the fifth agency and the fourth City within the State of Florida to achieve this honor.
“The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private companies and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. APWA provides a forum in which public works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies, and companies, and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.” (American Public Works Association. (2008). About APWA. Retrieved June 23, 2008, from American Public Works Association Website: http://www.apwa.net/About/)
Evaluated in 260 separate management and operational practices, the Department was judged fully compliant with 242 of these, and substantially compliant with 18. In addition to receiving accreditation, the Department's 2008-2010 Strategic Plan was recognized by the Accreditation Site Visit Team as a Model Practice. Model practices are those exceeding the benchmark previously established and sets a new level of best management practice for peers to attempt to meet.
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