Exterior sign that reads "City Hall" in brass lettering.

Learn how city government works

By John Sharp

Neighborhood leaders and other KCMO residents who want to learn more about how city government works and how they can access city programs and services to help their neighborhoods should seriously consider participating in this fall’s free Community Engagement University (CEU).

This virtual program will have eight one-hour sessions on Microsoft Teams from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays starting September 21 and concluding November 23.  

Sessions will not be held for two weeks during that period, and the city now plans to have its new Lunch and Learn sessions which are designed to educate residents about specific city programs and services at the same time those weeks.  CEU enrollees are welcome to participate in those free sessions too.

The tentative schedule for this fall’s CEU sessions includes these topics:  Local Government 101, Dollars & Sense, We Develop Your City, We Keep Your City Healthy & Active, We Build & Improve Your City, We Keep Your City Clean, We Are in Your Neighborhood and We Keep Your City Safe.

Presentations will be sent to participants ahead of time and then discussed live at the weekly one-hour sessions.

Participants need to be KCMO residents who are at least 18 years old.  Persons have to attend at least six of the eight sessions to receive a certificate of completion.

To register, persons should go online..  Persons may email samantha.bradfield@kcmo.org or michael.jenkins@kcmo.org for more information.

Another 8-week session is planned for the spring.

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