City of Ann Arbor Launches Ann Arbor Citizens Academy

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Apply to participate until 5 p.m. March 2, 2018.

November 14, 2017 - With the success of the Ann Arbor Citizens Police, Fire, and Courts Academy, the City of Arbor will launch an Ann Arbor Citizens Academy (A2CA) this spring to provide a broader view of local government for Ann Arbor residents.

During a series of six weekly sessions, from March 28 to May 2, 6:30–8:30 p.m., participants will connect with city staff and elected officials and learn more about long-term city planning efforts, day-to-day operations and the importance of civic involvement. Session topics include: Finance and Budgeting; Voting and Elections; Parks and Recreation; Planning and Preservation; Public Works; Engineering; Sustainability; Water Quality; Police Services; Fire Services; Community Television Network; and City Council. The class will culminate with a graduation ceremony on May 7, 7–8:30 p.m. 

After participating in A2CA tours, presentations, and interactive activities designed to deepen the understanding of governmental functions and services, city staff hopes participants will be motivated to play a more active role in shaping the future of Ann Arbor.

Applications to participate are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2018. There are two components to the application process. All applicants must complete and submit an online application. The second step is a voluntary photo challenge. Details and submission information is available on the A2CA website. Each component can be completed at different times. 

The A2CA is designed to give an overview of the city government for adult residents of the city of Ann Arbor. Consequently, applicants who are under 18 years of age will not be considered, preference will be given to residents of the city of Ann Arbor over non-residents, and applicants agreeing to attend all sessions will also be given preference over those who cannot make such a commitment. Participants will be notified by March 9, 2018. The first class begins March 28. 

For more information, visit or contact Academy Coordinator Kelly Beattie via email at

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Lisa Wondrash
Communications Director

Ann Arbor has 119,000 residents, spans 28.9 square miles and is frequently recognized as a foremost place to live, learn, work, thrive and visit. To keep up with City of Ann Arbor information, subscribe for email updates, follow us on Twitter or become a city fan on Facebook. The city's mission is to deliver exceptional services that sustain and enhance a vibrant, safe and diverse community.