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. A list of all following Presidents can be found at http://colorado.apwa.net/leadership/pastpresidents/
. Our scholarship program began in 1963 after the passing of one of the founding members, Jim Murray. He was playing basketball with his teenage son and died from a heart attack. 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 that scholarship is 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 them 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.
Over the years it has been the philosophy of the Chapter to function through committees instead of a large general membership. Each of these committees organizes their own functions with a report back to the Chapter Board of Directors. Following are some of the main committee functions:
• Western Snow and Ice Conference
• Chapter Award Banquet
• Fall and Spring Golf Tournaments
• Management Conference
• Rack-It-Up for Education Pool Tournament
• Inspectors Conference
• “Run for the Watershed” bike, run and walk rally
• Annual Chapter Dinner
• Water Resource Technical Lunches
The Colorado Chapter to date has over 700 members and continues to grow providing training and support to public works officials throughout the great State of Colorado.