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Citizen's Academy logo - Click for Flyer/Printable ApplicationClearwater 101 Citizen's Academy

Clearwater 101 is an interactive program that focuses on educating citizens about the City's governmental processes. Elected officials, department directors and other city staff will host unique and informative sessions designed to give citizens hands-on experience in city government operations. Join other citizens who help keep our community strong by actively participating in City affairs. Applications were due by August 4, 2014.

This year's 10-session curriculum will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. beginning September 9th, 2014. Classes are on Tuesdays.

The tentative 2014 schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Orientation - City Manager, City Council, Legal, Official Records and Legislative Services,
Human Resources Council Chambers at City Hall,
112 S. Osceola Ave., 3rd floor

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Public Utilities
Public Works Complex
1650 Arcturas Ave. (off Hercules)

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Solid Waste, General Services
Solid Waste Complex
1701 North Hercules Ave.

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Police Department
Police Department Headquarters – Chief’s Large Conference Room
645 Pierce Street, 3rd floor.

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Budget, Finance, Information Technology, Internal Audit, Public Communications
City Hall Council Chambers
112 S. Osceola Ave.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Economic Development, Library
Main Library – Second floor Board Room
100 N. Osceola Ave

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Fire & Rescue
Fire Training Center
1716 N. Belcher Rd. (across from the Long Center)

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Engineering, Planning & Development (with code enforcement)
Municipal Services Building - 3rd floor employee lounge
100 South Myrtle Ave.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

Customer Service, Gas System, Marine & Aviation
Clearwater Airpark
1000 Hercules Ave. N.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day - No Class (City offices closed)

Tuesday, Nov. 18

City Council, City Manager, Parks & Recreation
Aging Well Center (at the Long Center)
1501 N. Belcher Road

Thursday, Nov. 20

Council Chambers
112 S. Osceola Ave., 6 p.m.

2013 Citizen's Academy Graduating Class:
Image of 2013 Graduating Class - Click to Enlarge

Program History

The first Clearwater 101 Citizen's Leadership Academy began with a picnic held at Moccasin Lake Nature Park on September 14, 2002. Premiering as an eight-week program, it offered Clearwater residents an opportunity to learn how their government functions. Recognizing that residents are the city's most important assets, officials designed the program to educate citizens and help them become more actively involved in local government.

Archive of photos from previous Citizen's Academy classes