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The HAND Department developed the Citizens' Academy in 1999 to encourage civic involvement. Through sessions with City Departments, participants learn about the challenges of city government, budget limitations, day-to-day operations, and mandates in this fun and educational 10-week program. 


In Citizens' Academy you will be introduced to City of Bloomington departments and programs, including:

  • City Council and Clerk's Offices
  • Public Works
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Planning and Transportation
  • Housing and Neighborhood Development
  • Police Department
  • Fire Department
  • Utilities
  • Community and Family Resources
  • Controller's Office
  • Bloomington Transit
  • Information and Technology Services
  • Economic and Sustainable Development


2020 Classes will be held every Thursday, August 27 through October 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


To participate in the class, interested citizens must apply and be accepted. The application deadline is July 29, 2020.



Applying to Citizens' Academy

To apply online, please use the link below. If you prefer a paper application, you may pick one up at the HAND office at 401 N Morton St, suite 130. (As City Hall remains closed to the public during the COVID-19 public health emergency, please contact Angela Van Rooy to have an application mailed to you).

Should you have further questions, please contact Angela Van Rooy at (812)-349-3505 or