Citizens' Academy

Citizens' Academy is an interactive adult education opportunity designed to introduce citizens to city services, programs and to the people who serve the City of Manhattan. The academy is an ideal way to become more familiar with all aspects of your city government from the Airport to the Zoo.

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Applications are due before 5:00 PM October 18, 2019. 


For more information about future Citizens' Academy, contact Gary Fees, City Clerk/Communications Manager, at 785-587-2404.

Citizens' Academy consists of six evening sessions. The sessions will be from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m., with the exception of the first session, with a tour of the community starting at 5:30 p.m. Additional information for each session will be provided regarding the itinerary and meeting location. All participants in the Citizens’ Academy are highly encouraged to attend all of the sessions. 
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2019-20 Citizens' Academy Class Schedule


Session 1 October 28, 2019 Community and Economic Development: Tour sites of interest in the City of Manhattan and learn about economic development initiatives. (Start at 5:30 p.m.)
Session 2 December 19, 2019 Governing the City: The role and relationship of the City Commission and city administration, advisory boards and committees, intergovernmental relations, overview of the finance department and function of the legal department. (Start at 6:30 p.m.)
Session 3 February 24, 2020 Manhattan Regional Airport and Fort Riley Relations: Tour of Manhattan Regional Airport and briefing on Fort Riley. (Start at 6:30 p.m.)
Session 4 March 23, 2020 Public Safety: Tour and overview of Manhattan Fire Department and Riley County Police Department. (Start at 6:30 p.m.)
Session 5 April 20, 2020 Infrastructure and Public Works: Overview of public works and tour of Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment facilities. (Start at 6:30 p.m.)
Session 6 June 8, 2020 Quality of Life and Parks & Recreation: Overview of Parks and Recreation Department, Flint Hills Discovery Center and tour of Sunset Zoo. (Start at 6:30 p.m.)
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