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Reno Citizens Institute registration underway



reno-logo-7513020-5414178The city encourages residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County to register now for the spring session of the award-winning Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) program provided by the city of Reno.

Participants meet with elected officials, department directors and city staff to gain an understanding of the city’s structure, processes and services through hands-on exercises and presentations. Activities include a mock planning commission meeting and a mock trial as participants take on various courtroom roles. Participants also visit the 9-1-1 dispatch center to get a taste of the fast-paced and inner workings of public safety. A trip to a local fire station includes trying on some of the fire fighting gear and seeing the apparatus up close.

The free eight-week RCI program is hosted on Tuesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at various city facilities and venues. Light snacks will be served at 4:45 p.m. Classes begin on Tuesday, Feb. 4, and continue through Tuesday, March 25. The registration deadline is Jan. 31.

RCI offers an opportunity for participants to gain valuable insight into city operations so they can become ambassadors for change in their neighborhood and the community to help improve the quality of life. It also offers a learning opportunity for those who want to serve on one of the city’s many advisory boards, or are interested in running for office. Media representatives are also encouraged to participate.

Applications for the spring session and more information about the program are available online at www.reno.gov or by calling Reno Direct at 334-INFO (4636).

Spring 2014 RCI Class Schedule

* Feb. 4 – City Manager’s Office
* Feb. 11 – Parks, Recreation and Community Services
* Feb. 18 – Reno Fire Department
* Feb. 25 – Reno Police Department
* March 4 – Public Works
* March 11 – Municipal Court and City Attorney’s Office
* March 18 – Community Development/Code Enforcement/ Business License
* April 23 – Human Resources, Finance and Communications & Technology
* March 26 – Graduation at the Reno City Council meeting

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