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Aspen Citizens Academy returns

The city of Aspen is offering the second citizen education and engagement program called the Aspen Citizens Academy this fall.

The goal of the Academy is to offer the public the opportunity to get a closer look at local government, including its policies, staff and operations.

The class is organized into 11 sessions that will run from August through December. Topics for the sessions include city services, government structure, leadership philosophy, record laws, intergovernmental relations, council goals, citizen engagement, financing Aspen, land use, community policing, affordable housing, and in-depth looks at such departments as utilities, parks, water, street, and transportation.

The Academy sessions will be held roughly twice a month in the evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Pitkin County Library. The program will conclude with a graduation celebration.

Each session will be facilitated and moderated and will include several guest speakers from the various City departments and other community organizations.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen residents may be given preference over those living outside of the city limits.

Applications are being accepted now through June 23. If accepted, the admission fee to participate is $59. If you are interested in participating, sign up at http://www.cityofaspen.com/citizensacademy or contact Michelle Holder at 970-429-2756 or michelle.holder@cityofaspen.com.


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