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Reno Citizens Institute - Learn About Your City

Free Series of Classes on City Government

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What is the Reno Citizens Institute?

The 2016 Reno Citizens Institute fall session runs from August 30 through November 1. The registration deadline is August 16, 2016 and space is limited to 70 participants.

The Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) answers many of the questions you may have about how government works in the City of Reno, Nevada. RCI is an eight week course covering a variety of Reno city government functions. The program is offered free to Reno citizens twice a year, in spring and fall.

RCI participants meet with elected officials and City of Reno staff to gain an understanding of Reno's structure, processes, and services through hands-on exercises and presentations.

RCI gives participants valuable insight into City operations so they can become ambassadors for positive change in their neighborhood and the community. It also offers a learning opportunity for those who want to serve on one of Reno's advisory boards or are interested in running for office.

Register for the Reno Citizens Institute

Pre-registration is required for RCI attendees. The fall deadline is August 16, 2016. For additional information, visit the website or call (775) 334-3112. Online registration is available.

Fall 2016 Sessions of the Reno Citizens Institute

  • August 30 - City Manager's Office and Finance
  • September 6 - Finance, Human Resources and City Clerk
  • September 13 - Parks, Recreation and Community Services
  • September 27 - Reno Police Department
  • October 4 - Community Development/Code Enforcement/ Business License
  • October 11 - Public Works
  • October 18 - Reno Fire Department
  • October 25 - City Attorney's Office and Reno Municipal Court
  • November 1 - Graduation Ceremony

Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., with light snacks served at 5:15 p.m. To receive a certificate of completion from the Reno City Council, participants must attend at least six classes.

City Hall, Reno, Nevada
City Hall in downtown Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Sources: City of Reno press release and website.

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