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 2020 Citizens Academy will be held virtually on Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m., in September and October and will conclude with graduation recognition during the November Town Council meeting. Department managers will present an overview of their departments via the Zoom teleconference platform. Participants will be able to express their concerns, ask questions and gain a better understanding of what each department does.

There is a limited number of spots available for the Fall 2020 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.

Download Fall 2020 Citizens Academy application here. You may mail or hand-deliver your application to the attention of Logan Lover at Harrisburg Town Hall, 4100 Main St., OR email your application to llover@harrisburgnc.org. Applications must be submitted by Monday, September 7, 2020.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 6-8 p.m. – History & Introduction

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 6-8 p.m. – Administration & Council

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 6-8 p.m. – Finance & Customer Service

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 6-8 p.m. – Parks and Recreation

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 6-8 p.m. – Fire & Police

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 6-8 p.m. – Public Works & Engineering

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6-8 p.m. – Planning and Economic Development

November Town Council Meeting – Presentation of awards

*This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

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Congratulations to the nine Harrisburg residents and business owners that graduated from the Fall 2019 Citizens Academy!

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