PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale is accepting applications for the Palmdale Partners Academy, a free eight-week program designed to give citizens a first-hand look at city operations and services.
The 2015 session of the Palmdale Partners Academy begins Tuesday, Sept. 29, and continues on consecutive Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. through Nov. 17.
Residents may register online at http://www.cityofpalmdale.org/Residents/Neighborhood-Services/Partners-Academy, or by contacting Trish Jones at 661-267-5473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration ends Sunday, Sept. 27.
“The Academy will help citizens gain a better understanding of local government, the community, the resources and how to get things done,” said Palmdale’s Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones.
Some notable graduates of the Academy include former Assemblyman Steve Fox, Palmdale Planning Commissioners Patricia Shaw and Linda Hughes, and Palmdale Water District Board Members Kathy Mac Laren and Robert Alvarado.
During the academy sessions, participants will interact with city staff and learn the challenges facing municipal governments as well as gain insight into the city’s future goals and objectives.
“If you’ve ever wondered who decides what businesses come to town, or where does the funding come from to take care of the city, or how can I present an idea to the City Council, then the Academy is for you,” Jones said.
The academy schedule of classes is as follows:
Tuesday, Sept. 29 – The Greatest Story Ever Told…
An introduction to the City of Palmdale, its Past, Present and Future.
Tuesday, Oct. 6 – It Keeps You Running…
A behind-the-scenes look at the administrative aspects of the city.
Tuesday, Oct. 13 – If You Build It They Will Come
An introduction to development services and the many departments responsible for the structural growth of the City.
Tuesday, Oct. 20 – Clean Sweep, the Care and Maintenance of a City
An overview of the programs and departments that keep the streets, buildings and parks clean and operational.
Tuesday, Oct. 27 – Who Are the People In My Neighborhood?
An overview of Neighborhood Services including Crime Prevention, Housing, Neighborhood Outreach, Parking and Code Enforcement.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Law and Order – Palmdale
An overview of Palmdale’s efforts to prevent crime and how the city works with the criminal justice system locally.
Tuesday, Nov. 10 – For the People…
Recreation and Culture programming highlighting, special events, Palmdale City Library, Airpark, Playhouse and recreation facilities.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 – To Infinity and Beyond…
An insight into the economic development activities and future plans for Palmdale.
For more information on the academy, contact Trish Jones at 661-267-5473 or email email@example.com.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]