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.

“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



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Additional Pre-Application  Conference Call Scheduled

Candidates wishing to submit an application must participate in a one-hour conference call to discuss the full implications of the program on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. CDT. Contact Becky Stein for call-in information.

How To Apply

Application & Selection Process
Application Form
Program Agreement Form

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2014-2015 Academy Dates

July 31, 2014                                                     Pre-application Conference Call
August 8, 2014                                                  Applications Due
September 12, 2014                                        Selected Applicants Notified
October 1, 2014                                                First Conference Call
October 23-26, 2014                                        Retreat Kansas City, Missouri
August 30 – September 2, 2015                    Congress Phoenix, Arizona

Past Emerging Leaders

Class of 2014  ELA VII Final Report
Class of 2013
 ELA VI Final Report
Class of 2012
ELA V Final Report
Class of 2011  ELA IV Final Report
Class of 2010
Class of 2009
Class of 2008


Emerging Leaders Academy
American Public Works Association
2345 Grand Blvd., Suite 700
Kansas City, MO 64108-2625
Becky Stein
Professional Development Program Manager
800-848-2792, ext. 5212