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Posted on: November 4, 2017

Town of Wallace Citizens Academy Program

We are Excited!! The Wallace Town Council voted to begin a Citizens Academy Program. The purpose of the program is to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between local government and those it serves. The sessions will provide a “toolbox” of information to help citizens navigate the complex system of government operations and services. The program is designed to provide an overview of town government, keeping in mind that providing minute detail is impossible within the established time constraints. Citizens will be interested in attending for many reasons including an expectation to become better acquainted with the town and its programs and services, learning about the policies and procedures of town government, meeting new people, or finding ways to volunteer in the community. Participants may be representatives from a cross-section of citizens - New and life-long residents; professionals, homemakers, business owners, retirees, and civic group leaders - all of whom share an interest in becoming better informed about how a town operates.

Specifically, the goals of the Academy are to provide individuals with a better understanding of the town’s municipal services, the council-manager form of government, and the challenges local governments face. The program will help teach and cultivate new community leaders and to help move those new leaders into important positions within the community. The curriculum enables participants to develop leadership capabilities and build strong relationships, and encourage citizen involvement to effect positive change in the community.

Interested participants must be 18 years of age and must live within the city limits of Wallace or within its planning jurisdiction (ETJ). Those who qualify and are interested must submit an application and applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size will be limited to 15 participants. When class capacity has been met, the excess applications are carried over to the next academy. Applications request the standard information, such as name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and employer name and address, but they also ask for the applicant’s birthplace, length of time living in Wallace, interests and accomplishments, and expectations from the program. Applications will become available December 1, 2017.

There is no cost to individuals who attend the sessions, but the Town strongly encourages students to commit the time to attend the program. The sessions begin in mid-January and will be held each Tuesday evening from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. for eight (8) weeks at various town locations. There will also be an optional Saturday session. Site visits will include trips to the public works, police, and fire departments, parks and recreational areas, Library, Airport and the Town’s Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.

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