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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Ocala accepting applications for 2023 Citizens Academy program

The City of Ocala is currently accepting applications for its 2023 Citizens Academy program.

Citizens Academy is a free 11-week program that touches upon nearly every facet of city government. Sessions will be held on Thursdays, beginning on March 30 through June 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the city.

Participants will have the chance to visit and interact with nearly every city department including the Ocala International Airport, Ocala Fire Rescue, Ocala Police Department, Public Works Department, and Ocala Electric Utility, to list a few.

Participants will hear from City Manager Peter Lee, elected officials, and other top city administrators. Each session will include live demonstrations, a question-and-answer portion, and educational discussions to give participants a better understanding of current city projects and economic development opportunities.

Food and other refreshments will also be provided at each session.

All participants must be at least 18 years of age and a current resident or business owner in Ocala/Marion County. Participants must also be able to attend a minimum of eight sessions to successfully graduate from this program.

The deadline to register is Friday, February 24. Space is limited and is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, or to register, visit the Ocala Citizens Academy Program webpage or call 352-401-3978.