KANSAS CITY, MO. – The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced its 2012-2013 president is Elizabeth Treadway, PWLF, principal scientist - Water Resources with AMEC’s Environment & Infrastructure business, in Johnson City, Tenn. She was officially welcomed at the recent APWA 2012 International Public Works Congress & Exposition held in Anaheim, Calif., in late August. After serving the past year as president-elect, Treadway leads the organization as president and chair of the 17-member Board of Directors. For the coming year, APWA’s key issues include building livable communities for the future, professional development and education services for all members, advocating for infrastructure investment, sustainability, international relations, emergency management, and leadership.
Treadway has been with AMEC for 13 years, and her responsibilities include leading the water resource practice area and working with officials from many locations on solving water resource issues. Prior to joining AMEC, she worked for the City of Greensboro, N.C., for 16 years in public works, joining the department in 1983 as the transportation planner. After her promotion to environmental services director, she was responsible for the delivery of solid waste collection and disposal, recycling, stormwater management, fleet management, hazardous waste management, and household hazardous waste collection and disposal.
Treadway has been actively involved in APWA since 1986 at both the chapter and national levels. In addition to having been the North Carolina Chapter president, she has been the Chapter’s committee chair for the Administrative, Audit, Budget, Education and Training, Nominating, State Government Affairs, and PACE Committees. At the national level, she has been a member of the Water Resources Management Committee (1995-98; Chair, 1996-7), Government Affairs Committee (1998-2000), Congress Planning Committee (1995-1997), Membership Committee (Chair, 2009-2011), a number of Task Force initiatives on professional development initiatives, and most recently co-chaired the Certification and Professional Development Group. Treadway was also named one of APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 1997.
Treadway has also been active in advocacy efforts for APWA at the national level, including recent initiatives in transportation financing, calling upon Congressional members to encourage support for key elements of the MAP-21 legislation that address fast-tracking projects and long-term financing strategies.