MOLINE -- Doug House, Moline's municipal services general manager, is the first in the nation to earn the credentials of Public Works Manager from the American Public Works Association's Donald C. Stone Center for Continuing Education.
Mr. House worked for 20 months to the earn the designation, which included a project in emergency management practices.
As part of the project, Mr. House recommended methods and systems to include elected officials and public works employees across government agencies to provide a better response to emergency situations and disasters.
His study, including his findings and recommendations, will be available as a resource for other public works leaders.
Mr. House also is a second-year student at the Illinois Public Service Institute and completed more than 100 hours of instruction to graduate from the Iowa State University Public Employees Leadership Institute.
Mr. House has worked for Moline since 1998 and in his current position since 2001. He also has been Blackhawk Township Road Commissioner since 1984.
He is president-elect of the Illinois Chapter of APWA, was elected to the National Governmental Affairs Committee each year from 2010 to 2012, and is serving his 5th year on the state chapter Educational Conference Committee.
Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."