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The Department or Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) developed the Residents Academy (formerly known as 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 Residents 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


2021 Classes will be held every Thursday, August 26 through October 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Applicants must be

  • At least 18 years of age,
  • A resident of the City of Bloomington, 
  • Willing to commit to one evening per week for 10 weeks to participate in the academy.


The application deadline is July 12, 2021. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 2, 2021. If space allows, residents who reside outside the Bloomington city limits will be considered for participation. There is no cost to participants.



Applying to Residents Academy

To apply online, please use the link below. To request a paper application please contact Angela Van Rooy at (812)-349-3505 or