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Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2019 City of Ocala Citizens Academy Program

Post Date:02/18/2019 12:50 PM

OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2019) – Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 City of Ocala Citizens Academy program. Citizens Academy is a free, exciting, 10-week program that touches upon virtually every facet of city government. Sessions will be held Thursdays, April 4 through June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at various city locations. Food and other refreshments will be provided at each session.

Participants will have the chance to visit and interact with nearly every City department including the Ocala International Airport, Ocala Fire Rescue, Ocala Police Department, Public Works Department, Ocala Electric Utility and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from elected officials and top City administrators including City Manager, John Zobler. Each session will include live demonstrations, a question and answer portion, and educational discussions to give participants a better understanding of current City projects and economic development opportunities.

All participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently be a resident or business owner in Ocala/Marion County. Participants must also be able to attend a minimum of eight sessions in order to successfully complete this program. The deadline to register is Friday, March 22. Space is limited and is reserved on a first come, first served basis. To register, please visit

For more information, please visit or call 352-401-3978.

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