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Learn About Government from the Inside Out

7/10/2014 2:00:24 PM

Contact: Diane FitzGerald, 562-4681

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2014

Contact: Diane FitzGerald

Phone: (727) 562-4681

Learn About Government from the Inside Out

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Applications are being accepted for the thirteenth annual Citizen’s Academy, Clearwater 101, a ten-week program providing citizens with a hands-on learning experience about the people, equipment and infrastructure it takes to run Pinellas County’s second-largest city. The program will begin with orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The classes that follow will also be on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m., ending on Nov. 18.

This interactive program is an educational experience for Clearwater residents interested in city affairs. Sessions are led by elected officials, department directors and city staff who share information about the city’s operations and key issues facing the city today. Participants must attend at least eight of the ten sessions in order to graduate at a November City Council meeting.

A selection committee will choose 20 participants from the applications received. The committee will judge applications based on responses to questions while ensuring that the class reflects the diversity of the Clearwater community, with representatives from different neighborhoods and sections of the city. Applications are available online at or by calling (727) 562-4681. Applications must be received no later than Aug. 4, 2014.