This award recognizes and encourages young APWA members who have demonstrated an initial commitment to the profession and the Association, and show potential for future growth within the Association. The award promotes the concept that length of career does not necessarily indicate leadership abilities or potential for service. This award is sponsored by the Leadership and Management Committee. For additional information contact Dayna Webb by email at

Candidates must be active members of APWA for five consecutive years and not exceed 35 years of age as of the deadline for the award nomination. The candidates must have demonstrated an ability and eagerness to act at the Chapter level by serving on committees or as an officer, heading projects, or contributing in general to the well-being of the chapter.

The candidate should have also accomplished one or more of the following:

  • Contributed in some significant manner to his/her public agency or company by implementing new ideas, overcoming problems, controlling costs, etc.
  • Helped to advance the cause of the public works profession either with leadership commitments to significant community projects, or as an advocate for public works issues at the legislative level in local, state, or federal governments
  • Demonstrated an ongoing commitment to continuing education in the public works field (i.e., related educational degree(s), attendance at workshops, seminars, or CEU credits, etc.).

Application Submittal (by August 15 each year):

Dayna Webb, P.E.
City of Oregon City

Previous Years’ Award Recipients

2023 – Rachael Vaicunas, City of Eugene

2018 – Chase Welborn, Civil Engineer, 3J Consulting, Inc.

2016 – Fred Wismer, Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

2016 – Jeremy Provenzola, Senior Engineer, City of Gresham

2016 – Ashley Cantlon, Sr. Water Resource Engineer, Otak, Inc.

2008 – Matt Rodrigues, City of Eugene Public Works

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