Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall 2022

Mike Martin, APWA Colorado Chapter Past President Past President Fall 2022 9 2022 APWA AWARDS Winners of the 37th Annual Colorado Chapter American Public Works Association Awards Presented by Colorado Public Works Journal A huge congratulations to all of those who submitted for the 2022 Colorado Chapter Awards. This is an exciting year for the Colorado Chapter as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. As we continue to navigate the recovery from a global pandemic, our member agencies continue to excel and recognize numerous outstanding projects and individuals in the Colorado public works field. As many of you reading these words know all too well, it takes many, many hours of dedication and commitment within our public works community to deliver successful projects. I’d like to ask all of you to recognize these projects, along with their municipal agencies and consultant teams for their contributions as the best projects in Colorado over the past year. I’d also like to ask you to recognize the individual awardees for their contributions and dedication to their communities and organizations. These individuals clearly went above and beyond to deliver excellent service every single day. For the nine award categories, awards were given in each category based on a community’s population size (Small being less than 25,000; Medium being between 25,000 and 100,00; and Large being greater than 100,000). This year, there are also 3 individual awardees that are being recognized for their outstanding contributions. Next year’s request for project and individual nominations will go out in May of 2022. Please mark your calendars as we’d like to recognize more projects and individuals! The 2022 Colorado Chapter Award winners will be honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 25th at the Denver Marriott West in Golden. The Colorado Chapter will also present the 2022 Korbitz Award as part of the luncheon and the 2022 Project of the Year. Additionally, the Colorado Chapter encourages all nominations, even if not selected for a Chapter award, to submit your nomination to the APWA National awards program. The deadline for submitting nominations to National has not been set yet but is typically the first week of March 2023. Keeping with the theme of celebrating, the Colorado APWA Chapter has again been recognized for the National 2022 Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE). The PACE Award recognizes APWA chapters for contributions made to positively impact their membership, profession, and community. It takes many dedicated hours of work of our Chapter’s members throughout the year to receive this prestigious award. A special thank you to everyone that contributed to the application and to our Chapter Administrator Pam Weimer for organizing this effort. The award was presented to the Colorado Chapter in conjunction with the APWA Public Works Expo (PWX) in Charlotte, North Carolina in late August. Finally, as public agencies enter the fall, many of you are wrapping up budgets, wrapping up summer programs and preparing for the winter season ahead. As always, limited resources, growing populations and increasing demands for service cause us all to continually improve the efficiency of the ways we deliver public services. I look forward to seeing next year’s crop of award nominees and the inspirational ways they attack these challenges to make our communities better! Mike Martin, PE Past President, APWA Colorado Chapter