Bloomington residents invited to apply for the 2021 Citizens’ Academy

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for the 2021 Citizens’ Academy, to be held on ten consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., August 26 – October 28. 

The Academy will include a mix of in-person and virtual sessions with City staff as well as tours of City departments and facilities.  In-person sessions 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 the 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, please submit an application for consideration by Monday, July 12.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by Monday, August 2.  Preference will be given to residents who live within the Bloomington city limits. You may apply online at To request a paper application, please call (812) 349-3420.