Citizens Academy - Your Government in Action

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The application period for the 2018 class of Citizens Academy is now open! Don't miss your chance to see behind-the-scenes of our City government to see your tax dollars hard at work! 

Citizens Academy is held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with optional tours at some of the class facilities that can take up to 1 hour. We visit a different facility each week (Water Plant, Jail, Law Enforcement Center, etc.), but participants are not required to stay for the tour. The 2018 Citizens Academy class runs from January 10 to March 14.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope to see your application come through!

Click here to access the online application

Paper applications can be picked up at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Reference Desk or at the Information Desk at City Hall. 

See Your City Government Up-Close & Personal! 

Ever wonder why the police department has a canine unit, how your water is kept clean and safe for drinking, or how the Engineering Department determines which roads will be built each year?  We'll tell you, during the City's Citizens Academy!
The annual Citizens Academy is a free 10-week series of classes designed to teach citizens about how their local government works for them. The academy is held from mid-January through mid-March each year and takes participants through the various functions of City government The academy also includes a bonus session with Midland County government and presentations from area organizations including Midland Tomorrow and the Midland County Historical Society. 

Program Description

During weekly two-hour sessions, participants learn about the responsibilities of City departments and the services they provide to the community. Presentations and "behind-the-scenes" facility tours give participants a better understanding of the role local government plays in the quality of life that residents of Midland enjoy.

Sessions and tours are held at various locations throughout the City, including the Law Enforcement Center, the Midland County Jail, City Hall, and more.

Participant Selection

Due to space limitations, Citizens Academy classes are limited in size. Preference is given to those living within Midland's city limits. Citizens who applied in previous years but were not selected are encouraged to apply again! 

 To apply for the Citizens Academy program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Reside in Midland County (preference given to residents within City limits)
  • Be able to attend classroom-style sessions for 2 hours per week from January to March
  •  Have an interest in learning more about your local government!

Contact the City Manager's Office at 989-837-3307 or for more information.