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Two California Cities Achieve American Public Works Accreditation

December 2, 2015
The American Public Works Association (AWPA) recently announced that the public works departments for the cities of Palo Alto and Vallejo have recently been awarded the prestigious APWA Accreditation.
The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that exceed the requirements of the management practices established nationally for the public works industry, as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual.
The cities both submitted an application in February 2013, with Vallejo receiving its APWA Accreditation in August and Palo Alto in October.
The Accreditation award indicates the department has met all applicable Accreditation requirements for documentation and practices.
The Palo Alto Public Works Department comprises four divisions — Engineering Services, Environmental Services, Public Services and Airport Operations. The department provides services that are integral to the overall health, safety and appearance of the city, with commitment, courtesy and pride. In partnership with the Palo Alto community, the staff strives to offer efficient, cost effective and environmentally responsible services that make the city a beautiful, vibrant and appealing place to live and work.
Vallejo’s Public Works Department’s mission is to provide high quality, professional, and excellent services in engineering, infrastructure, maintenance, water treatment, and recycling & solid waste management that enhances the safety and quality of life for all residents and customers.
A team of public works professionals from around the nation completed a thorough evaluation of operations for the Accreditation review during its August site visit to Vallejo’s Public Works Department and its September site visit to Palo Alto’s Public Works Department.
The Vallejo Public Works Department becomes the 102nd public agency and Palo Alto Public Works Department becomes the 103rd to be awarded Accreditation in North America. The California cities join Contra Costa County, Berkeley, Oakland, City/County of San Francisco, Palmdale, Thousand Oaks, Encinitas, Ventura, Alameda County, Orange County, San Luis Obispo County, and Ventura.
For information about APWA Accreditation, please contact Ann Daniels. For APWA media inquiries, please contact Laura Bynum at (202) 218-6736.
For more information about Palo Alto’s Public Works Department, contact Mike Sartor or Larry I. Perlin. For more information Vallejo’s Public Works Department, contact David Kleinschmidt or M.J. Lanni.
About APWA
AWPA is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 28,500 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, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.

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