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American Public Works Association Accreditation

The American Public Works Association (APWA) has officially granted the City of Gulfport Public Works Department, the City of Gulfport Engineering Department, and Utility Partners, LLC (Gulfport Project) accreditation status, designating them the 118th such agency to receive this prestigious accreditation in the United States and Canada.

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What is accreditation...

According to the American Public Works Association, accreditation is “The purpose of the accreditation program is to provide a means of formally verifying and recognizing public works agencies for compliance with the recommended practices set forth in the Public Works Management Practices Manual. It is a voluntary, self-motivated approach to objectively evaluate, verify and recognize compliance with the recommended management practices."

The objectives of the accreditation program are to:

  • create impetus for organization self improvement and stimulate general raising of standards
  • offer a voluntary evaluation and education program rather than government regulated activity
  • recognize good performance and provide motivation to maintain and improve performance
  • improve public works performance and the provision of services
  • increase professionalism
  • instill pride among agency staff, elected officials and the local community


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