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Sunday, February 25, 2024

The city of Gainesville is accepting applications for its Spring citizens’ academy program, designed to teach residents about the inner-workings of local government and city management.

The Gainesville 101: the Spring 2013 Citizens’ Academy begins March 13 and will be held at various locations throughout the city from 8:30 a.m. to noon for six consecutive Wednesdays, ending April 17.

Residents interested in participating in the program can go to the city’s website and fill out a registration form.

Enrollment is limited to 30 people, and reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, according to a city press release.

If space is unavailable, residents who registered will be notified and put on a waiting list for the next citizens’ academy.

“We actually kind of have rolling registration,” said Laura Rawson, communications and marketing assistant for the city.

The program is open to any interested resident, as well as students, she said. Past participants range from college students to retirees to home-schooled children.

Rawson said participants should expect to learn about city departments and how they work.

“It helps them figure out how to navigate city government a little easier,” she said.

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