The City of Fishers’ Department of Public Works (DPW) has been awarded the American Public Works Association (APWA) Re-Accreditation designation. The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry, as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual.
In 2013, the City of Fishers Department of Public Works became the 87th agency in North America to be awarded accreditation, and the first agency in the state. Five years later, Fishers DPW remains the only accredited department of public works in the state.
“We are proud to be Indiana’s first accredited agency. Being the first in the state and at that time the 87th agency nationwide speaks to our belief of the program,” said Eric Pethtel, Director of Fishers DPW. “We know for certain the process of meeting or exceeding the criteria for all of the related best management practices has put us on par with every public works agency in the nation and has created a culture of continuous self-improvement which fits in well with the smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial spirit that our overall organization in Fishers pursues on a daily basis.”
As part of the reaccreditation process, a team of public works professionals from the Town of Brookline, Massachusetts; City of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Kansas City, Missouri, completed a site visit in September 2018 to evaluate the operations of Fishers DPW. The re-accreditation designates that the department met all applicable accreditation documentation and practices over time.
Fishers DPW is responsible for 388 center lane miles of roads and associated right of way throughout of the city. The department also maintains 35 building structures and 1,300 acres of parks and school grounds. Along with these responsibilities, Fishers DPW helps to set up more than 400 public events throughout the year; runs the wastewater treatment plant that averages 8 million gallons per day; and partners with Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Hamilton East Public Library, and Fall Creek Township to handle grounds maintenance and other needs.
The City of Fishers is a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana, located in Hamilton County and was named #1 Place to Live in the US by Money Magazine in 2017. Under the leadership of Mayor Scott Fadness, Fishers is known as a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial city through its neighborhood development, dedication to supporting high-growth companies, and innovative city processes. With a population of 91,832 (2017), Fishers is one of the fastest growing communities in Indiana and has received national accolades for entrepreneurship, livability, and safety. City branding guidelines and logos can be downloaded here.
The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.