Citizens’ University 2014 Class set to start on Jan. 23

For the second year in a row, Missouri City will be opening its doors and inviting residents to participate in an expanded Citizens’ University. This year’s participants will not only meet with staff members during 10 sessions to learn about the inner workings of Missouri City but will also go on field trips, take tours and view city projects in process.

The program was rolled out last year as a way for residents to see how Missouri City operates and to allow them to share their input and feedback with City officials. It also provides an “inside look” into Missouri City government and an opportunity for residents to talk with staff members who build budgets, construct capital projects, plan for growth, help the city remain green, emphasize fitness first, and keep neighborhoods safe.

City staff has utilized this popular program as a way to connect with community members who want to branch out beyond being a leader in their individual neighborhoods and become more involved with city services and programs.

Meeting once a month for 10 months, participants will visit receive presentations from staff at various city facilities.

The 2014 schedule is as follows 

•  Thursday, Jan. 23

Second Act—Welcome Ceremony: City Council, City Manager & City Secretary. Reception with inaugural class graduates to follow presentations.

(City Council Chambers; 1522 Texas Pkwy.)

•  Thursday, Feb. 20

Case In Point—Legal & Municipal Court

(Municipal Court, 3845 Cartwright Rd.)

•  Thursday, March 20

First-rate Facilities—Tours of Traffic Management Center and Animal Shelter & Public Works Overview

(Traffic Management Center; 1919 Scanlin Rd.)

•  Thursday, April 17

Eye on the Economy: Finance & Economic Development overviews & Tour of Local Business (Location to be announced)

•  Thursday, May 15

Focus on Safety: Fire Department Tour

On the Cutting Edge: Information Technology overview

(Emergency Operations Center Training Room, 3849 Cartwright Rd.)

•  Thursday, June 19

Centre of Attention: City Centre Tour and Quail Valley Golf Course overview & Special Dinner

(City Centre at Quail Valley, 2880 La Quinta Dr.)

•  Thursday, July 17

Focus on Fitness: Parks & Recreation overview; Tour

Employee Excellence: Human Resources and Organizational Development

(Recreation & Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr.)

•  Thursday, Aug. 21

Protecting the Public: Police Department overview; tour

Citizen Outreach: Communications

(Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd.)

•  Thursday, Sept. 18

Development Services: Overview of Permits & Inspections, Code Enforcement and Planning divisions

(Council Chambers; 1522 Texas Pkwy.)

•  Thursday, Oct. 23

Graduation Ceremony

(Location to be announced)

All Missouri City residents that are eligible to vote, are at least 21 years of age, are not a candidate for an elected office and are interested in becoming more involved with the City are eligible to attend. To apply, click here or visit www.missouricitytx.gov.

Inaugural graduates gave the program high-marks and encourage their neighbors to enroll.

“Citizens’ University puts a face to the city staff. By attending, you get exposed to the myriad programs that the City has and what it takes to make them happen. You also learn what it takes to make Missouri City unique,” said long-time resident Charles Adaway.

New resident Zelia Brown said: “Citizens’ University was instrumental in allowing me to become familiar with how the city and its departments work. It was also an avenue for me to connect with and meet other residents.” She added that “the program is very enlightening and each class will definitely hold your interest, as the City, has a niche for executing projects that are educational, entertaining and full of adventure.”

For more information, watch this Missouri City YouTube video, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX; follow us on Twitter—@MissouriCityTX, or call 281.403.8530.

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