Citizens Academy

The Town of Harrisburg’s annual Citizens Academy program provides Harrisburg residents and business owners with an opportunity to learn about the structure and function of local government through a free, 7-week course each fall.

The Fall 2021 Citizens Academy will be held in-person on Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m., in September, October and November and will conclude with graduation recognition during the November Town Council meeting. Department managers will present an overview of their departments in various Town facilities. Participants will be able to express their concerns, ask questions and gain a better understanding of what each department does.

Participants will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

There is a limited number of spots available for the Fall 2021 Citizens Academy. Participants will be selected based on an application process. To apply, you must be a Harrisburg resident or business owner and at least 18 years old. Those who are accepted into the program must attend at least six of the seven schedule Citizens Academy sessions and the November Town Council meeting.

Applications for the Fall 2021 were due by Monday, September 6, 2021. Please check back for the 2022 application.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 6-8 p.m. – History & Introduction - Town Hall Council Chambers (4100 Main St.)

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 6-8 p.m. – Administration & Council - Town Hall Council Chambers (4100 Main St.)

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 6-8 p.m. – Finance & Customer Service - Town Hall Council Chambers (4100 Main St.)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 6-8 p.m. – Parks and Recreation - Harrisburg Park (191 Sims Parkway)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6-8 p.m. – Fire & Police - Fire Station 2 (9331 Rocky River Road)

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 6-8 p.m. – Public Works & Engineering - Public Works Facility (5405 Harrisburg Industrial Park Drive)

Thursday, November 4, 2021 6-8 p.m. – Planning and Economic Development - Town Hall Council Chambers (4100 Main St.)

November Town Council Meeting – Presentation of awards - Town Hall Council Chambers (4100 Main St.)

*This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.