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MPW Employees Win ‘Project of the Year’ Award for Flood Clean Up and Response

11/10/2010

Metro Nashville’s Public Works Department was recently honored by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association with the ‘2010 Project of the Year’ for clean up and response following the May flood. Shown with TCAPWA President Calvin Clifton (third from left) and PW Director Billy Lynch (fourth from left) are PW employees (L to R, front row): Chip Knauf, David Himes, Herbie King, Rory Rowan, Billy Davis, Paul Hiltz, Don Allen, Tim Young (L to R, back row): Devon Doyle, Phillip Jones, Cody Osborne, Mark Macy, Matt Lott, Terri Troup, Tommy Jones, Jonathan Cleghon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2010 Tennessee Chapter, American Public Works Association (TCAPWA) Annual Joint Conference held in Nashville October 23-26 was a tremendous success.

The 4-day conference, hosted by Metro Nashville Public Works, was attended by members of TCAPWA, the Solid Waste Association of North America, the Tennessee Stormwater Association and other organizations from across the state.

The highlight of the last day was an evening Awards Banquet at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Nashville with comments from Mayor Karl Dean and Keynote Speaker Tennessee Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl.

Mayor Dean welcomed the group to Nashville, and commended them for the critically important jobs they perform each day to help keep cities clean, safe and operating efficiently. He expressed his gratitude for the significant role Metro Nashville Public Works had in helping get Nashville back to normal after the May flood.

At the Banquet, Metro Nashville Public Works Department’s Flood Response won 2010 Project of the Year for the leadership, strategic response planning, public information management, interdepartmental coordination of actions, immediate and effective execution of tasks and the resulting engineering projects associated with the response. The award was accepted by Public Works Director Billy Lynch on behalf of the department.

David Himes, Metro Public Works Asst. Director Streets and Roads, was awarded the W. Larry Eddins Award for his service and dedication to emergency management and response on behalf of the APWA’s Emergency Management Committee, the city of Nashville, and most recently for his service to our nation serving on FEMA’s National Preparedness Task Force.

Mark Macy, P.E., Metro Public Works Assistant Director, Engineering, was elected Chapter President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The Tennessee Chapter was established in 1954 and has over 400 members from across the state. Macy received a degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University in 1973, and was employed by engineering firms in Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi and Florida before joining Metro Public Works as Director of Engineering in 1995.

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About APWA and TCAPWA

The American Public Works Association (APWA) is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. It is the mission of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association (TCAPWA) to be a gateway to the profession by investing in its members through education, exchange of knowledge, and promotion of the accomplishments of each individual. The state chapter is divided into four geographic branches consisting of the West Tennessee Branch, Middle Tennessee Branch, Lower Middle/East Tennessee Branch, and the Upper East Tennessee Branch.