Citizen Academy

Citizens Academy BannerThe City of Medford Citizen Academy is a free, eight-session interactive course designed to provide residents with an in-depth look into municipal government, as well as information about the services and programs provided by the City.

Participants will:
  • Learn more about City government operations and services
  • Participate in dialogues with City leaders, City staff and other civic-minded residents
  • See taxpayers' investments at work
  • Expand their knowledge and become more informed on current and proposed projects within the City
  • Learn about opportunities to become more involved and help build a sustainable community
  • Receive first-hand information and have the chance to ask questions on any topic at the end of each session

The academy is open to all Medford residents 18 years of age or older. Each class is limited to 20 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enrollment deadline for Fall 2019 term is September 3, 2019.

 
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Schedule

Sessions will be held on the following Tuesdays from 6 - 8 PM and each session will focus on a different topic. See below for a tentative schedule and corresponding topic list.

Session 1 - City Government 101
Tuesday, September 10

Participants will learn about the roles of the Mayor, City Council and City Manager. You'll also learn about the city's vision, mission, core values and discuss the best ways to get important information out to citizens in this information-overland age.

Session 2 - Dollars & Sense
Tuesday, September 17

Participants will learn how government budgeting works, what fees and taxes are collected and how these dollars are being spent.

Session 3 - We Build This City
Tuesday, September 24

Maintaining the city's public infrastructure system is key to a vibrant and sustainable community. Participants will learn about the city's infrastructure and upcoming projects. You will also tour the Service Center.

Session 4 - Something for Everyone
Tuesday, October 1

Participants will learn about the city's parks and trails systems as well as recreational programs for youth and adults.

Session 5 - Planning & Developing the Community
Tuesday, October 8

Learn how the city uses land-use planning, development policies, urban renewal and building codes to make Medford welcoming to businesses.

Session 6 - Keeping Citizens Safe: Part 1
Tuesday, October 15

Get a first-hand perspective of what it takes to safeguard the Medford community by spending an evening with the city's Police department.

Session 7 - Keeping Citizens Safe: Part 2
Tuesday, October 22

Get a first-hand perspective of the inner workings of Fire-Rescue. Get a tour of the station as well as an overview of all the fire and EMS apparatuses.

Session 8 - Graduation
Thursday, November 7

Participants that have attended all eight sessions will be recognized for completion of the Medford Citizens Academy by the Mayor and Council.
 

Who should attend?

For new residents of Medford, the academy is a great way to become familiar with the services provided by the City and to meet the staff responsible for providing them. If you are a long-time resident of Medford, the academy will give you a fresh perspective on the current issues facing the City.

For those who are interested in getting more engaged with the community, the academy will teach you about volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Questions? 

Please email Kristina Johnsen, Communications & Marketing Manager at kristina.johnsen@cityofmedford.org or call 541-774-2087.
Additional Department Information

City Manager Department Contacts

411 West 8th St.
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2000
Fax: (541) 618-1700
Email:
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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