What Is The Reno Citizens Institute?
The Reno Citizens Institute is an eight week course covering a wide variety of Reno city government functions. The program is offered to Reno citizens twice a year, in spring and fall. Each session is limited to 25 participants who must fill out a brief application (click link on this page) in order to be considered for acceptance into the program. City of Reno Neighborhood Services is the city department responsible for this program.
Each three hour session presents a different aspect of city government. City officials and employees give presentations explaining their areas of expertise and entertain questions from the class. Weekly meetings are at various locations depending on the session's topic. To receive a certificate of graduation from the Reno City Council, participants must attend at least six of the classes.
Why Attend The Reno Citizens Institute?
Attend the Reno Citizens Institute to become an informed citizen who is better able to participate in the civic life of the city. This is why I made time to attend the classes. I live here and want to know how local government works and affects my day-to-day existence, and how I can interact with my elected representatives in a (hopefully) positive manner. This will also help me be a better Reno / Tahoe guide for About.com.
Reno Citizens Institute Class Subjects
RCI sessions cover these city government topics, though not necessarily presented in this order...
- City Manager's Office
- Human Resources, Finance, Communications and Technology
- Community Development / Code Enforcement / Redevelopment / Business License
- Reno Fire Department
- Public Works
- Parks, Recreation and Community Services
- Reno Police Department
- Reno Municipal Court and City Attorney's Office
Learn More About The Reno Citizens Institute and City of Reno Government
Go to the Reno Citizens Institute web page for more information and to access the online application. You can also contact Reno Direct at (775) 334-INFO (4636).
The City of Reno website is a good source for other information about Reno in addition to government, such as parks, recreation, and special events. Check it out, especially if you are to to the Reno / Tahoe region.
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