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Apply now for 'All About Wilson: A Citizens Academy 2014'

Monday, August 04, 2014

Free classes offer behind-the-scenes look at local services

Applications are being accepted now for this year’s Citizens Academy class. Only 20 slots are available for the free classes, and sessions begin in September.

"All About Wilson: A Citizens Academy" gives participants a chance to see city government in a way that most people can’t; they see how essential services are delivered and who’s making the decisions that touch us every day.

Examples include a tour of Buckhorn Lake, Wilson’s fiber optic network, Fire and Rescue facilities and City Hall. You get to talk with the people who make Wilson work.

The goal of the annual class is to promote transparency in local government, create a dialogue with local residents and develop future leaders. Through lectures, hands-on activities and interaction, participants gain insight into their local government’s day-to-day activities.

“The more citizens understand the role of local government and what is does, the more likely they are to become involved in the affairs of the community,” said Mayor Bruce Rose. “This is our city and we want everyone in it to take an interest and volunteer to make it an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 9, and run a total of six consecutive weeks.

Applications are available online at WilsonNC.org or by calling 296-3363.