Citizens Academy 2018

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REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2018 CITY OF OCALA CITIZENS ACADEMY PROGRAM. Please check back next year for information on the 2019 program. 

Citizens Academy is a free, exciting, ten-week program that touches upon virtually every facet of city government. Sessions will be held Thursdays, April 5 through June 7 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 speak 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 graduate. The deadline to register is Friday, March 9. Space is limited and is reserved on a first come, first served basis. 

For more information, please contact Katie Hunnicutt at 352-401-3978 or