Residents Invited To Apply For 2020 Citizens’ Academy

(BLOOMINGTON) – The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for the 2020 Citizens’ Academy, to be held Thursday evenings from August 27 to October 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

This year’s Academy will include a mix of in-person and virtual sessions as well as tours of City departments and facilities.   The sessions that are held in person will adhere to CDC guidelines including physical distancing, use of face coverings and hand sanitizer, and other best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The City developed Citizens’ Academy in 1999 to encourage civic engagement and to educate residents about City government. Participants will learn about the challenges faced by City government as it balances budget limitations with community goals and service needs. Sessions will also cover topics such as day-to-day operations, the structure and function of City departments, the role of City Council, resident involvement in boards and commissions, innovative approaches to problem solving, and goals for the future. 

To participate, City residents must submit an application for consideration by Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by Monday, August 3, 2020. You may apply online at To request a paper application, please call (812) 349-3420.