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Port of San Diego becomes the first Port in the Nation to Receive American Public Works Association National Accreditation

The Port of San Diego has become the first port in the United States to be awarded National Accreditation through the American Public Works Association (APWA). The Port joins 17 agencies in the state and 124 in the nation to receive the prestigious designation. The 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.

Ron Calkins, President of the APWA,  officially presented the Port of San Diego with its Accreditation on the September 2017 Board of Port Commissioners meeting.

To receive the Accreditation, the Port’s Engineering-Construction Department was required to document compliance with more than 200 standard practices that included areas of competence in engineering design and construction as well as in Port-wide functions such as emergency management, human resources, finance, risk management and safety, communications and information technology.

“The Port of San Diego is honored to be the first port in the country to receive American Public Works Association’s National Accreditation,” said Randa Coniglio, President & CEO of the Port of San Diego. “I am extremely proud of our Engineering-Construction Department’s professionalism and the hard work of many other departments that resulted in us earning this designation.”

“The Port of San Diego is committed to continuous reinvestment in public projects on our dynamic San Diego Bay waterfront,” said Robert “Dukie” Valderrama, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners. “Receiving the APWA National Accreditation underscores this and demonstrates that our projects and operations reflect the absolute highest standards.”

The Port applied for the APWA Accreditation in the fall of 2016. An APWA site visit team with members from Victoria, BC; Lincoln, NE and Kansas City, MO arrived in San Diego in early June to evaluate the Port and to receive a tour of the Port’s facilities.

Accreditation is designated for a period of four years.

About the APWA:
The American Public Works Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 29,000 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, MO, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.

About the Port of San Diego:
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities.  Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront.  From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

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