CPM Instructor Instrumental in National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Win

Baldrige AwardDarrin Atteberry, Fort Collins city manager and instructor in the Certified Public Manager program, played a key role in the city’s 2017 Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award win. The national awards were announced on Nov. 16, 2017, by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

The City of Fort Collins was honored in the nonprofit sector. Other winners include:

  • Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, Bristol, TN, small business sector
  • Stellar Solutions, Palo Alto, CA, small business sector
  • Castle Medical Center, Kailua, HI, health care sector
  • Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK, health care sector

As noted in the news release from the U.S. Department of Commerce, “The City of Fort Collins has a “Aaa” credit rating and ranks in the top 10 percent of cities nationally as a place to live and work, and for quality of culture and recreation, job opportunities, air quality and attractiveness. It ranks in the top 1 percent for drinking water quality and emergency preparedness.”

Atteberry is quoted in an article in The Coloradoan as stating, “I am thrilled and honored by this prestigious achievement, and deeply thankful for the leadership of our mayor and council and the contributions and commitment of our staff, residents and business community in making Fort Collins a world-class city. It is a great privilege to serve this community, and I look forward to continuing our excellence journey.”

Atteberry teaches the “Fostering and Managing Organizational Innovation” course as part of the Certified Public Manager curriculum. Created in 2009, the CPM program is designed to offer individuals in the public and nonprofit sectors an opportunity to develop and improve their management and leadership skills. Students in the program take six courses taught by seasoned practitioners and university faculty, then complete a capstone project that is often based on a problem faced in their organization.

Congratulations to Darrin and the City of Fort Collins!



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