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Learn About Government from the Inside Out

Post Date:07/03/2019 4:10 PM

Citizens Academy, Clearwater 101CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Applications are now being accepted for the 18th annual Citizens Academy, Clearwater 101, a ten-week program providing citizens with a hands-on learning experience about the people, equipment and infrastructure it takes to run Pinellas County’s second-largest city. The program will begin with orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The classes that follow will also be on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through graduation on Nov. 21.

This interactive program is an educational experience for Clearwater residents interested in civic affairs. Sessions are led by elected officials, department directors and city staff who share information about the city’s operations and key issues facing Clearwater today. Participants must attend at least eight of the ten sessions in order to graduate at the City Council meeting on Nov. 21.

Applications can be completed online or printed at Residents may also request an application by calling (727) 562-4708.

A selection committee will choose 20 to 22 participants from the applications received. The committee will judge applications based on responses to questions while ensuring that the class reflects the diversity of the Clearwater community, with representatives from different neighborhoods and sections of the city. For program information or to apply, visit

Applications must be received no later than Aug. 1.

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