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APWA‘s national awards program was established to recognize outstanding individuals, groups, and chapters representing the best in the public works profession.


APWA will accept nominations until the deadlines listed below.
  • Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award – Deadline Monday, February 5, 2018, midnight Eastern Time.
  • PACE Award – Deadline Monday, June 4, 2018 – Chapters must first be notified they qualify to submit for this award.
  • All other awards not listed above – Deadline Thursday, March 1, 2018, midnight Eastern Time.

Changes to Awards Criteria for 2018

There have been changes to the following Awards Criteria for 2018:

Community Involvement Award
Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education
Excellence in Snow and Ice Control
Harry S. Swearingen Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement and Excellence in Chapter Service
International Service Award
Management Innovation Award
Technical Innovation Award

Please read the criteria of each of these awards thoroughly so that it will be included in your nomination. Any questions about the changes please contact Rhonda Wilhite at

Preparing Your Nomination

Please read the information below before going to the Awards Criteria and Forms page. The Awards Criteria and Forms page contains the award name, the award criteria, the nomination form, and the link that will take you to the nomination submission site for that award.

  1. On the "Awards Criteria and Forms" page, click the "Nomination Form" link next to the name of the award. Then save the completed form to your computer. Nominations will be submitted electronically – no hard copies will be accepted.
  2. After you have prepared your submittal (in a PDF format, preferred), and saved your completed Nomination Form, then you will be ready to upload the nomination by choosing the "Submit Online" link next to your award. That link takes you off the APWA website and onto the Omni Contests website. (DOC, PPT, TXT, GIF, JPG, JPEG, and MPG formats are also accepted. If you have a format that you are not sure will be accepted, please contact Rhonda Wilhite at or 800-848-2792 x5261.)
  3. Online Nomination Submittal Instructions (using the Omni Contests system):

Once you reach the nomination submittal website (by clicking the "Submit Online" button on the Awards Criteria and Forms page), you will need to fill out an Entrant Form. The entrant form contains your contact information and is where you will assign a username and password in order to submit a nomination.  You are not on the APWA website so you will need to do this step even if you already have an APWA login. Please keep the e-mail Omni Contests will send you because APWA is not able to look up your password for the Omni Contest site. Once you register, by filling out an entrant form, you will have access to submit a nomination.

  1. Click on the Add nomination and fill out the Entry Form (Entry Form and Entrant Form are two separate things)
  2. Hit save; you can then go to the second tab. Click on the second tab; fill out the form; hit save. Fill out each tab till you reach the Upload Nomination tab.
  3. Upload the Nomination form. The APWA nomination form is to be filled out printed and saved as a separate file from your nomination.  On the Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award and Projects of the Year and the SC/RC Projects of the Year, and the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year it is not necessary to fill out the separate APWA Nomination form but for all other awards you will need to fill out a APWA nomination form. Click on Browse, search your files, select it, then click on Upload. (Browse should disappear once you have uploaded your file.)
  4. Upload your nomination. If you have any photos you want to upload not included in your submission, there will be a field specifically for photos. Your photos have to be in one document. The site does not allow mutiple uploads of photos. HIT SAVE. BUT YOU ARE NOT DONE YET
  5. Now go to View Entries and Submit your entry by clicking on the 'Incomplete' link
  6. You MUST choose submit for it to be ready for judging
  7. You are now done and will receive a confirmation email.
Support is available Monday-Friday, 7 am to 3:30 pm Central time if you need help submitting your entries. Every attempt is made to respond to email and telephone messages on the same business day. Contact Rhonda Wilhite at 800-848-2792 x5261 or email at