How It Works

2 CEUs, equivalent to 20 Contact Hours/PDUs
You will synthesize your skills to create a long-term strategy plan appropriate for a public works organization. You will use SWOT analysis, explore revenue generation and funding structures, and devise a media relations and social media strategy. Additionally, you’ll plan your outsourcing and open bidding, and determine the most suitable leadership approach.
Self-paced course; start at anytime
4 weeks

Meet the Program Creator

Kurt Blomquist, MS

Kurt Blomquist, MS, has served as the Public Works Director for the City of Keene, New Hampshire for the last 21 years. He spent 27 years in the US Air Force—8 on active duty and 19 in the Reserves. In the Air Force, he was a Civil Engineering Officer serving in various positions involving the maintenance, repair, and construction of facilities and infrastructure. He retired in 2012 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Kurt graduated from Norwich University with a BS in Civil Engineering, participating in the Corp of Cadets, and received his Master’s of Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer in California and New Hampshire and is actively involved in professional associations at the state, regional, and national level.

The Curriculum

Long-Term Strategy Project
In this course you’ll use a time-tested and holistic approach to combine all your new knowledge and put it to use to develop a strategic plan that you can apply to your work in real life. We’ll walk you through each stage of the process, from the research and analysis phases to the drafting and final formatting.

Topics Include:

  • Developing your voice so that you write your plan with authority and clarity
  • Building peer collaboration into not only your plan, but also your day-to-day work for improved results
  • Realistic expectations for plan integration

Who Should Register:

  • Public Works Professionals, especially those seeking APWA Level 2 Public Works Management (PWM) credentialing
  • Anyone who is interested in a career in public works, or who currently works in this sector, and wants to hone and enhance their existing skills in management and leadership.

Learning Format

We provide a more interactive and visually engaging learning experience than you’ll find in many online course environments.
The format of this class is fully online, instructor-led, pass/no pass, and can be taken as part of the certificate or independently. Certificate courses can be taken in any order unless otherwise noted.
Industry Experts
You'll experience optional live sessions with your instructor and other experts and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the subject.
Active Learning
Learn content deeply through varied case studies, topical readings, infographics and other visuals, and hands-on exercises.
Engaged Classrooms
Build your knowledge repository with weekly quizzes, open group discussions, and even the occasional debate.

What You’ll Need to Succeed

Management and Leadership Proficiencies
Devote 6-8 hours/week
Apply knowledge to your real life
Do the extra work when you can
Be prepared to learn from each other