The American Public Works Association (APWA) today officially recognized the City of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU) for achieving national accreditation. The APWA accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go above and beyond the requirements of the best management practices established nationally. LTU was recognized at the beginning of Monday's City Council meeting.
"Achieving this level of distinction demonstrates that Lincoln Transportation and Utilities is focused on delivering excellence in infrastructure operations and services and consistently adheres to nationally recognized and recommended practices," said Chuck Williams, APWA Region VI director. "It also recognizes the agency's commitment to a continuous review and improvement process for all management plans, policies and procedures."
LTU is the first agency in the state to meet the rigorous national requirements and the 150th department to be accredited in North America.
"During our APWA self-assessment, we learned who we are and who we wanted to be, and we set our goals accordingly," said LTU Director Miki Esposito. Esposito highlighted several milestones over the past seven years that led to accreditation, including:
"To Lincoln residents, putting your trust in an accredited agency like LTU means you will get excellent service, best practices based on the latest industry research, continual improvement and most importantly, public servants to the core who work for the good of their community," said Mayor Chris Beutler.
The accreditation process was one of the 24 recommendations made by the 27-member Lincoln Citizens' Transportation Coalition in 2018. The Coalition recommended a combination of cost savings, adherence to best practices to ensure high-quality infrastructure, and additional funding through local option sales tax to help the City meet its growing backlog of street repair and maintenance needs, particularly in neighborhoods. LTU will continue to maintain and improve its practices in order to be re-accredited in four years.
APWA is a not-for-profit international organization of more than 30,000 members. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public works awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge.