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City of Bloomington, Indiana

To encourage more civic involvement through a basic understanding of City services, the HAND Department developed the Citizens' Academy: a nine-week program that provides thirty participants with an interactive learning experience about City services, programs and responsibilities.

2017 Classes will be held every Thursday, August 31 through October 26 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

You can view the 2016 Citizens Academy class schedule. The 2017 agenda is forthcoming.


Through the sessions with various City Departments, the participants learn about the challenges to city government, budget limitations, day-to-day operations and mandates.

"I loved the field trips and hearing about the budgets/structure of the departments, as well as hearing about the many functions of each department. The presentations were really well done and I learned a tremendous amount about all the work that goes into making Bloomington a great city to live in." Meagan Benetti - Class of 2016