Citizens Government Academy

About the Citizens Government Academy

Join the Mayor, Manager, and staff for a learning and networking opportunity. The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) is offering a weekly class for residents to learn about local government through first-hand exposure to the wide range of government functions, services, activities, and issues. 

The Citizens Government Academy is designed to:

  • Give residents an opportunity to learn how to access their government
  • familiarize residents with government services, functions and activities of Athens-Clarke County
  • Help residents gain a better understanding about how to become involved in local government
  • Enhance their ability to communicate effectively with local officials.

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
  • Shared Prosperity
  • Healthy, Livable, and Sustainable Athens-Clarke County
  • Transportation, Mobility, and Connectivity
  • Safe and Prepared Community
  • Accountable and Responsive Government

Program Details:

  • Participants must be Athens-Clarke County residents, age 18+
  • Class size is limited to 25 participants on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Each class will be conducted by a department representative and will provide both an informational and interactive learning approach.

Participants will gain a better understanding of

  • The relationships between residents, the Mayor & Commission, and governmental departments
  • The process for deciding why and how government projects are implemented and services are provided
  • The ways government projects support Mayor & Commission goals and objectives as well as the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government’s strategic commitments. 
  • The budgeting process 
  • Roles and functions of public safety departments 
  • Environmental stewardship measures
  • Additional responsibilities and functions of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government