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Mayor Horrigan Opens Applications for Third Annual Mayor’s Citizens Institute to Give Akronites an Inside View of City Government


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 06-06-2019

Akron, Ohio, June 6, 2019 For the last three years, Mayor Dan Horrigan has welcomed Akron citizens to learn more about their local government through the City of Akron Mayor’s Citizens Institute—a free, 10-week program designed to provide Akron residents with an inside view of City operations. Today, Mayor Horrigan has opened applications for the 2019 Mayor’s Citizens Institute class.


“As City leaders, we need to hear directly from residents about their vision and expectations for how our local government can best serve our community,” Mayor Horrigan said. “Every day, I am impressed by the ideas and insight of citizens of all ages, and I wanted to create a dynamic program to bring citizens into City Hall and engage their potential on a deeper level.”


The Mayor and his staff designed a diverse, City government-based curriculum that turns City Hall into a “community classroom” where residents can learn and ask questions of City leaders, department directors, and front-line workers. Residents will engage in discussions about the City’s charter form of government, its responsibilities and duties, and its accountability to the public. The Citizens Institute has 43 alumni from its first two classes, and those residents continue to engage with City leadership on issues that matter to them.


“This program won’t be City leaders talking at residents, it will be a collaborative dialogue where both groups will learn from each other,” Mayor Horrigan said of his goals for the experience. “I encourage Akronites of all backgrounds to apply and seize this opportunity to get to know their City government better.”


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and current residents of Akron. The Institute will run from late August through late October 2019. Applications for the 2019 Mayor’s Citizens Institute are due on or before June 24, 2019. The application, a description of the program and schedule of program dates are available at


The Mayor’s Citizens Institute is made possible through the support and partnership of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Leadership Akron. Individuals with questions about the program or the application process should contact Summer Hall in the Mayor’s Office at (330) 375-2376 or [email protected]. Media inquiries should be directed to Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary, at (330) 375-2325 or [email protected].

For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary
Phone: 3303752325
E-mail: [email protected]

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