2024 CITY ACADEMY
The City is proud to announce that applications are available for the 2024 City Academy. Launched in 2023, the program's initiative aims to empower citizens with a profound understanding of the intricacies surrounding city governance and operations, encouraging active contributions to the betterment of our beloved community. Ever wondered about the decisions behind street reconstructions, the safety of our drinking water, or who to contact for municipal services? City Academy has the answers!
- Duration: 5 weeks
- Sessions: 8, from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
- Commencement: April 23, 2024
Throughout the program, participants will engage with City staff, delving into the realms of both long-term planning and day-to-day operations. From informative presentations to exclusive "behind-the-scenes" facility tours at locations such as Hickory Hills, Fire Station 1, Water Treatment Plant, and Wastewater Treatment Plant, attendees will gain valuable insights into the pivotal role local government plays in shaping the quality of life for Traverse City residents.
City Academy Goals
- Knowledge: Inform citizens about how the City is organized and how services are funded and delivered through first-hand involvement. Create opportunities for mutual learning.
- Involvement: Growing a pipeline for substantial citizen involvement in the form of serving on boards, commissions, committees, and so forth. Become ambassadors for the City.
- Community Relations: Building relationships with City staff by developing open lines of communication by reducing barriers and developing social capital for meaningful dialogue and collective action.
- Start: February 1, 2024
- End: February 29, 2024
Interested individuals are invited to apply during this window. The program seeks participants who represent a diverse cross-section of the community, with priority given to City residents first. With a limited intake of no more than 15 participants, City Academy aims to represent an ecosystem that blends well and be a wide representation of the entire City.
Join City Academy and be a catalyst for positive change! Together, let's unlock the potential within each citizen to shape the future of Traverse City!