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City to host first Citizen Academy

The city of Banks is kicking off their first Citizenship Academy in March.

According to a statement from the city, the free program will allow up to ten people to join staff and elected officials at a four-hour program Saturday, March 11 2023 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“Our Citizen Academy will give you an up-close look at how essential City programs and functions operate,” the city said.

The academy will be held in the Banks Fire District training room in Banks (13430 NW Main Street).

“Have you ever wondered just how your local government works, or what the role of the Mayor and City Manager really is?” the city asked. “Where does our water supply come from? What does the Planning Commission do? The City of Banks Citizen Academy will answer all those questions and more!”

The program aims to teach participants public meeting laws, what city staff do and the services they provide, give them an opportunity to network with city leaders and other participants, and improve community engagement between city staff and the general public.

“The Academy will prepare participants for city leadership positions,” the city noted.

Registration is required. Participation is open first to residents who live in Banks city limits. If space permits, the city said a limited number of spots may be available for local business owners or employees who live outside of Banks and work within city limits.

One space will be reserved for a Banks High School senior. After all spots are filled, a waiting list will be created in case of cancelations and for future academies.

Water, coffee, and snacks will be provided, the city said.

Those with questions were asked to contact Banks City Recorder Angie Lanter at 503-324-5112 or [email protected].

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Banks Post and sister news publications the Gales Creek Journal and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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