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 Citizens Academy will be held on Tuesday evenings in September and October and will conclude with graduation recognition during the November Town Council meeting. Sessions, held 6-8 p.m., will be in various locations throughout Harrisburg, including the Old Post Office, Town Hall and the Public Works facility. Department managers will present an overview of their departments and participants will be able to express their concerns, ask questions and gain a better understanding of what each department does. Dinner will be provided at each session.

There is a limited number of spots available for the Fall 2019 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 one Council meeting and six Citizens Academy sessions.

Download Fall 2019 Citizens Academy application here. You may mail or hand-deliver your application to Harrisburg Town Hall, 4100 Main St., OR email your application to llover@harrisburgnc.org. Applications must be submitted by Monday, September 2, 2019.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6-8 p.m. – History & Introduction @ Old Post Office

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6-8 p.m. – Administration & Council @ Admin Conference Room

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 6-8 p.m. – Finance & Customer Service @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6-8 p.m. – Parks and Recreation @ Town Hall Council Chambers

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 6-8 p.m. – Fire & Police @ Fire Station #2

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6-8 p.m. – Public Works @ Public Works

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 6-8 p.m. – Planning and Economic Development @ Town Hall Council Chambers

November Town Council Meeting – Presentation of awards

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Congratulations to the nine Harrisburg residents and business owners that graduated from the Fall 2019 Citizens Academy during the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, November 12! Pictured, left to right: Azhar Ahamad, Michael Campbell, Sarah Barclay, Michael Branham, Anabel Paniagua-Doyle, Robert Breeden, Mikaela Lam, Lava Ryagalla
Not pictured: David Christenbury