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Mayor Horrigan Opens Applications for Sixth Annual Mayor’s Citizens Institute


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Stephanie Marsh
Published: 06-21-2022

Akron, Ohio, June 21, 2022 For the last five 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 2022 Mayor’s Citizens Institute class.

“This program has proven to be equally beneficial for both our residents and our City administration,” said Mayor Horrigan. “We want to provide a transparent view into how government works at our local level, and in turn we get amazing feedback, comments, thoughts, and ideas from those who have gone through the program. I would recommend the Citizens Institute for any Akron resident who is interested in learning more about our City and my administration.”

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 Mayor’s Citizens Institute has 103 alumni from its first five classes, and those residents continue to engage with City leadership on issues that matter to them.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and current residents of Akron. The Institute will run from late August through early November 2022. A detailed description of the program and schedule of program dates is available here. Applications for the 2022 Citizens Institute are available here, and are due on or before July 18, 2022.

The Mayor’s Citizens Institute is made possible through the support and partnership of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Synthomer Foundation and Leadership Akron. Individuals with questions about the program or the application process should contact Summer Hall at (330) 375-2376 or [email protected].

For further information, contact:
Stephanie Marsh
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 330-375-2754
E-mail: [email protected]

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