Apache Junction leadership institute shares the inner workings of the city

Registration is under way for the city of Apache Junction’s 2015-16 Citizen Leadership Institute, which begins Nov. 4.

The institute is intended to help attendees gain  insight  and a  deeper  understanding  as  to  how  the  city  works. The institute  also  prepares  citizens  to  serve on  boards  and  committees. While  the majority  of  boards  and  committees  require  city of Apache Junction  residency, the Citizen Leadership Institute is open to anyone who lives, works or volunteers in the community.

There is no charge to attend the Citizen Leadership Institute. Attendees are required to attend eight of the 10 sessions, one city council meeting and one planning and zoning commission meeting to be eligible for graduation. All  sessions  are  held  on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

There is a limit of 30 participants. In the event the maximum capacity is reached, preference will be given to individuals who live within the city limits.

Apache Junction’s Citizen Leadership Institute is designed to inform and engage individuals. Initiated in 1998, CLI has adapted to focus on current topics and local  issues  while  maintaining  the  core  concepts.

Sessions  include  guest  speakers from  various  departments  and  leaders  in  the  community.  The  course  is   interactive and includes activities and discussions.

Topics Include:

•Getting to Know the City of Apache Junction: The first session will cover a history of the city and an overview of the structure. The mayor and city manager will also explain their roles.

•Understanding Development Services: Learn about proactive abatement, the zoning codes and the general plan; and then put it to use through a role-playing exercise.

•Meet Our Local Partners: Hear from the fire chief and get a tour of the regional training facility followed by an informative talk from the dean of Central Arizona College.

•Money Does Matter: Get a closer look at the budget process and the city’s grant efforts.  Hear from the economic development division about its role and Apache Junction’s downtown.

•Staff, Water and Roads that Make a City: Learn more from department directors about the key role staff, water and roads play in the daily operations and successes of a city.

•Law and Order: Meet the chief of police, city attorney and city magistrate. Participants will also get a tour of the police department.

•Information is Power: Learn more about elections and public records. Hear from the marketing and communications division followed by the local media.

•Reading, Recreation and More: Get more information on the great programs and services offered through the library and parks and recreation divisions.

•Beyond City Government: Hear from local county and state representatives as well as the local chamber of commerce.

•Supporting the Community: Learn more about the many organizations that work to make Apache Junction a thriving community in which to work and play.

For more information and to register online, visit the city’s website or call 480-982-8002.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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