Larry Stevens Elected President-Elect of APWA
Larry Stevens, P.E., Project Director in the Governmental Services business line at HR Green, Inc. (HR Green), was recently elected President-Elect of the American Public Works Association (APWA) by APWA’s 28,500 members. APWA has promoted professional excellence and public works awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge for more than 75 years. Stevens will begin his term as President-Elect at the APWA International Public Works Congress and Equipment Show in Chicago on August 25, 2013. After one year as President-Elect, Stevens will begin his one-year term as President of APWA at the APWA Congress in Toronto, Ontario in August, 2014.
Stevens holds a degree in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University and has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Municipal Engineering. With nearly 40 years of professional experience, Stevens has served in numerous leadership roles, including Assistant City Engineer, City of Grinnell, Iowa for five years and City Engineer and Public Works Director, City of Oskaloosa, Iowa for 22 years. After serving from 2003 to 2009 as the Director of the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) Program at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University, Stevens joined HR Green as Senior Project Manager in 2009. At HR Green’s Des Moines, Iowa office, Stevens provides municipal engineering services to some of the firm’s key clients.
Stevens has served the last six years on the Board of Directors of APWA as the Region VI Director. During that time, he has filled a number of additional roles, including APWA Board liaison to the Small Cities/Rural Communities Committee and the Canadian Public Works Association BOD and currently serves as the APWA Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. Stevens has also served in all of the Iowa APWA Chapter officer positions including President and eight years as the Chapter Delegate and has also been a member of the National Nominating Committee (2005) and the Strategic Planning Task Force (2005). Stevens also serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), representing APWA as a founding member of the organization, whose mission is to develop and implement a rating system for sustainable civil infrastructure projects. He is a member of the Iowa Engineering Society and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
In addition to his municipal engineering experience, Larry has also been involved in extensive research on subjects relevant to the infrastructure needs of municipalities, including roadway subgrades and subbases, utility cut repair techniques, trenchless technology, pavements and paving materials, roadway lighting, and design of rural and urban subdivisions, to name a few. Throughout his distinguished career, Stevens has demonstrated both passion and acumen for Municipal Engineering. “Municipal Engineering is important to me because I can directly help shape the direction of our communities,” said Stevens, “I’m looking forward to leading the APWA in driving our mission to develop and support the people, agencies and organizations that plan, build, maintain and improve our communities.”