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APWA announces 96 selected for Public Works Leadership Fellows program
– The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that 96 public works professionals from across North America were recently inducted as Leadership Fellows into APWA's Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence in Public Works. In a special ceremony at the APWA 2011 International Public Works Congress held in Denver, each of the Public Works Leadership Fellows received the PWLF service designation which recognizes commitment to the public works profession.

The Leadership Fellows were awarded the PWLF designation because of their accomplishments in public works and contributions they have made to the profession throughout their careers. "Each member of this inaugural group will be linked as a mentor for a full year to people entering the careers program," said APWA Executive Director Peter B. King. "All of the Fellows have 20-plus years experience in public works, and they will give at least a half-hour a week to advise public works professionals who want to enhance their careers."

King noted that the new program builds on APWA chapter leadership institutes to offer a flexible, integrated approach to learning leadership skills, and presents career options for technical and financial specialists who want to move into a management track. Named for Donald C. Stone, a pioneer of public administration who founded APWA in 1937, the DCS Center offers "something for everyone" through a progressive system of career paths and academic options: Leadership and Management, Technical Specialty, Public Works Professional, and degree programs. The Leadership Fellows will provide one-on-one mentoring for aspiring public works leaders enrolled in the Leadership and Management career path.

For more information about the APWA Donald C. Stone Center's Leadership Fellows program, visit

HNTB president elected ARTBA chairman
– Paul Yarossi, P.E., president of HNTB Holdings Ltd, was elected 2011-12 chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The election was announced during the association's national convention, held Oct. 2-5 in Monterey. Yarossi, who first joined HNTB in 1973 after graduating with a civil engineering degree from Manhattan College, serves on HNTB's board of directors and is responsible for overseeing and directing the firm's governance, capitalization strategy, compliance, and audit functions, as well as its external and government relations.

Yarossi's agenda as ARTBA chairman includes leading the transportation design and construction industry push on passage of a robust, multi-year federal highway and transit investment bill in 2012.

IECA accepting nominations for Environmental Excellence Awards
– The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is calling for nominations for its 21st annual Awards of Environmental Excellence. The awards program recognizes industry professionals and organizations for their contributions to the erosion and sediment control community. IECA will honor all award winners during its awards program and general session at Environmental Connection 2012 (EC12) Feb. 26-29, 2012.

Awards categories are Environmental Achievement, Sustained Contributor, Contractor of the Year, Educational Achievement, Organization of the Year, Professional of the Year, Technological Innovation, and Young Professional. Honorees may be nominated by a colleague or be self-nominated, and winners are selected by the IECA Awards Committee and Professional Development Committee. Though not all award categories require that the nominee be an IECA member in good standing, all those wishing to submit a nomination must be a current IECA member.

The deadline to submit a nomination for awards presented at EC12 is Nov. 11, 2011. Complete details on each award category and nomination forms may be found on IECA's website at

AWWA launches online Conservation Community
– The American Water Works Association (AWWA) launched an online Conservation Community, the first of several communities of interest. AWWA members and nonmembers can use the platform as an interface for networking and exchanging ideas. For each topic, specialized community Web pages will be dedicated to resources such as news, research, forums, products, tools, and events.

The AWWA website ( is the primary interface of the communities; however, several new features in the communities are currently unavailable on the rest of the AWWA site. Each community is tailored to highlight relevant news and activities in a specific topic. For example, the Conservation Community is where water professionals can gather to share knowledge and find out what the association has done and is currently doing in the area of water conservation.

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