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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

City accepting applications for 2024 Citizens Academy program

The City of Ocala is now accepting applications for its 2024 Citizens Academy program.

Citizens Academy is a free 11-week program that touches upon virtually every facet of city government. Sessions will be held on Thursdays, beginning on March 21 through May 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at various locations throughout the city.

Food and other refreshments will be provided at each session.

Participants will 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.

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 nine sessions to successfully graduate from this program.

The deadline to register is Friday, March 8. 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.