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Citizens Academy

Citizen's Academy LogoDavenportU is a nine‐week program aimed at connecting citizens to their local government. If you have ever been curious about how the City prioritizes projects or how heavy a Firefighters turnout gear is—this academy could be for you!

The Monday sessions, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. will start with an introduction to city government and conclude with graduation at a City Council meeting.  In between, participants will learn the basics of city governments as well as its more intricacies like site selection, community policing and budget planning. 

Enrollment is limited and participants must be 18 years of age or older. Attendance to all nine sessions is highly encouraged.

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The City of Davenport will be providing its residents with a new way to participate in the popular DavenportU Citizen’s Academy program after cancelling the 2020 class due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual programming will be released on the City’s website starting on January 14, 2021, including a series of 8 videos that detail and highlight everything you want to know about the different roles and responsibilities of Davenport’s City staff and elected officials.  

“We had our 6th class of 24 Davenport residents scheduled and ready to participate in the spring of 2020. Like many other events this past year, we were unable to host the class due to COVID-19,” said Nevada Lemke, Community Development Analyst. “The City decided to use this opportunity to be creative and offer this experience in a virtual setting until we can safely resume the in-person sessions. We put a team together and developed a series of recordings led by our talented Jr Theatre Director, Daniel Sheridan, that would be engaging and full of interesting facts.” 

The videos will allow residents to watch interviews with elected officials and City staff, take virtual tours, and even enjoy a gameshow and podcast. The City of Davenport plans to continue with the traditional on-site DavenportU Citizen’s Academy in the future, but for now, these virtual sessions will give the community a chance to participate in this educational program. This will also provide an alternative way to access the information for those who are unable to participate when the in-person program resumes.