The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government is accepting applications for the inaugural Citizens Government Academy. The 10-week program runs on Wednesday evenings, March 15 through May 17, from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. The Citizens Government Academy seeks to provide participants with an in-depth overview of a number of local government services, functions, and activities centered around the Mayor and Commission's six strategic commitments to the residents of Athens-Clarke County:
- Informed and Engaged Community
- Financial Health and Economic Prosperity
- Healthy, Livable, and Sustainable Athens-Clarke County
- Transportation Mobility and Connectivity
- Safe and Prepared Community
- Accountable and Responsive Government
The program is coordinated by Assistant Manager Jestin Johnson and the Manager’s Office. Sessions will take place at a number of Unified Government facilities. The Citizens Government Academy includes a historical and organizational overview of the Unified Government, tours of several local facilities, topical presentations by department directors and department representatives, and a number of interactive learning experiences.
Applicants must be Athens-Clarke County residents ages 18 or above. The program is limited to 25 participants. The deadline to apply to the Citizens Government Academy is Wednesday, March 1.
“We’re excited to offer Athens-Clarke County’s first-ever Citizens Government Academy program,” says Assistant Manager Jestin Johnson. “Our hope is that a diverse group of participants will take part in a truly unique opportunity to become more familiar with the Unified Government’s structure, operations, and services while learning how to become more engaged and involved citizens.”
For information on the Citizens Government Academy, including a detailed program overview and online application form, visit www.athensclarkecounty.com/cga or contact Assistant Manager Jestin Johnson at 706-613-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.