Albany Civics Academy

City government touches so many facets of our everyday lives-from the streets we drive on to the parks we play in. We know that City Council meets twice a month and in an emergency, help is only minutes away. But exactly how does your city operate? And how can residents contribute more to its success?

City of Albany

2012 ACA at the Public Works Department
Christie Schultz learning how to use the back hoe in the 2012 Academy
The Albany Civics Academy will provide an interesting perspective into the workings of the city and engage participants in a hands-on overview of City government. Over the course of the program, participants will learn about how decisions are made, where funds are allocated and have an enhanced understanding of the organizational structure and operations of the various city departments that impact the quality of life in the City of Albany.

 

Academy Objectives
The City of Albany believes that when residents are better informed about how their city operates, how decisions are made and how funds are allocated they will make better decisions about the future of their city. Therefore the objectives of the Albany Civics Academy are:

  1. To involve and engage residents in learning about and understanding the operation of City government, and to improve communication between the City and those who live and work here.
  2. To provide insight into how decisions are made, how City funds are allocated, and how City departments operate. 
  3. To empower and encourage a larger number of residents to become more civically engaged in the future decisions effecting Albany’s quality of life.

Who Can Apply?
Residents who are interested in applying for the Albany Civics Academy will be required to fill out the online application. The fee for the program is $10. Priority given to Albany residents 17 years or older. Albany business owners will be accepted space permitting.

The ACA will be limited to 22 participants. The final session will be a graduation ceremony at the City of Albany Council Meeting after the last class.

When will the Academy take place?
Thursday Evenings 
March-May, 2018 (7 sessions)
6:45-9 pm
Albany Civic Center