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Posted on: February 12, 2020

Residents Sought for Citizens Government Academy Nine-Week Program by March 6

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The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government is accepting applications for the 2020 Citizens Government Academy. The nine-week program runs on Wednesday evenings, March 25 through May 20, from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. The Citizens Government Academy seeks to provide participants with an in-depth overview of a number of local government services, functions, and activities centered around the Mayor and Commission’s six strategic commitments to the residents of Athens-Clarke County:

  • Informed and Engaged Community
  • Shared Prosperity
  • Healthy, Livable, and Sustainable Athens-Clarke County
  • Transportation Mobility and Connectivity
  • Safe and Prepared Community
  • Accountable and Responsive Government

The program is coordinated by Assistant Managers Deborah Lonon and Josh Edwards in the Manager’s Office. Sessions will take place at a number of Unified Government facilities. The Citizens Government Academy includes a historical and organizational overview of the Unified Government, tours of several local facilities, topical presentations by department directors and department representatives, and a number of interactive learning experiences. 

Applicants must be Athens-Clarke County residents ages 18 or older. The program is limited to 25 participants. The deadline to apply to the Citizens Government Academy is Friday, March 6 or until all available spaces are filled.

"Local government operations deliver a wide array of services," says Assistant Manager Josh Edwards. "We created the Citizens Government Academy with the goal that residents who participate come out more engaged, more informed, and better understand of how local government works. We hope a diverse group of residents take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about our functions, programs, staff, and goals."

For information on the Citizens Government Academy, including a detailed program overview and online application form, visit or contact Assistant Manager Josh Edwards at 706-613-3020 or

Citizens Government Academy Website
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