APWA Colorado Chapter History
The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association was started in 1962 by several key public works professionals. Bill Korbitz was our first President and he held that office for two years.
Our scholarship program began in 1963 after the passing of one of the founding members, Jim Murray. The other members on the Board decided to create a college scholarship program for aspiring future engineers who ultimately had thoughts of joining the field of Public Works. To this day scholarship and internship programs are still going strong and over the years has provided many future leaders with that extra financial help to reach their goals.
On February 29, 1983 (yes it was a leap year) the West Slope Branch of the Colorado Chapter was formed to allow members on the west side of the Continental Divide address issues that are unique to their municipalities and counties. The West Slope Branch has its own officers and by-laws. The two main events organized by the West Slope Branch are the Spring Street Conference held in Grand Junction and the West Slope Snow and Ice conference held in Gunnison in the fall. The West Slope Branch also funds several scholarships that target students of West Slope communities.
In October 2014, the Rocky Mountain Public Works Institute held their first sessions. The Institute provides a regional program that educates and elevates public works employees, helping them achieve their management and leadership potential through interactive classes taught by experienced public works officials. The Institute follows the proven APWA model that has been successfully implemented by a number of other APWA chapters throughout the country.
Over the years it has been the philosophy of the Chapter to function through committees and events supporting the public works community. Each of these committees organizes their own functions with a report back to the Chapter Board of Directors. Following are some of the main committees:
Annual Chapter Conference
Chapter Awards Program
Construction Inspection Conference
Past Presidents Committee
PWX Chapter/Region IX Happy Hour
Rocky Mountain Public Works Institute
Spring Street Conference
West Slope Snow & Ice Conference
Western Snow & Ice Conference & National Snow Roadeo
The Colorado Chapter to date has over 700 members and continues its mission to provide training and support to public works professionals throughout the great State of Colorado.