The Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association recently announced its winners of the APWA Genesee Valley Branch Awards in 2016.
“Public works is critical to the quality of life for our residents, but the practitioners and public agencies that make it happen are too often unknown or under appreciated,” said Jason Kennedy, vice president.
The awards committee reviewed submissions and selected the winners of the individual and project awards from a six counties: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne.
Locally, William Wright, Ontario County commissioner of public works, received the Public Works Leader of the Year Award. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-23rd Dist., received the Exemplary Service to Public Works Award.
“The Genesee Valley Branch has the largest membership within the New York chapter and continues to be a recognized leader in providing forward-thinking ideas from our public works professionals as well as experience gained from our many outstanding projects,” said Geoffrey Benway, GVB president. “This year’s winners include outstanding individuals and projects from across the branch. This is a testament to the innovative spirit that thrives in upstate New York.”
The awards were presented at the Rochester Institute and Technology Inn and Conference Center, where award winners shared an evening with over 300 fellow public works professionals.
“Public works projects cannot be successful unless they involved the passion and cooperation from government agencies, the designers, the contractors and the community,” Benway said.
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