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Aspen 360°: A Look Inside Your Government Now Accepting Applications

Aspen 360 former class on water tour

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Aspen 360°: A Look Inside Your Government Now Accepting Applications

Aspen, Colo. – Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2021 - The City of Aspen’s annual program to enroll residents in an opportunity to learn how their government works is now open. Aspen 360°: A Look Inside Your Government (formerly known as Aspen Citizens Academy) is a six-session program that offers participants engaging, interactive content and time to communicate with many of the City’s department directors and staff.  In addition, the program incorporates field trips into the curriculum to destinations like the Aspen Water Plant, John Denver Sanctuary and associated stormwater system, and The Wheeler Opera House for a historic tour, weather dependent.

Aspen 360° invites community members to get up close and personal to their local government. The program offers participants greater insight into how their government is structured, how decisions are made, how budgeting works, how each department functions, how they work together, how to get involved, and opportunities to talk with decision-makers and City leaders. One of the goals is to offer a greater understanding of the City’s priorities, goals, responsibilities, and daily operations.

The six sessions will cover the following curriculum:

  • City Overview 
  • Basic Services 
  • Environment and Outdoors 
  • The Built Environment and Infrastructure 
  • Tax Dollar Funds and Special Services 
  • Community Involvement and Graduation 

The class curriculum will be presented in accordance with current Pitkin County public health orders; sessions are scheduled to meet in person with masks/face coverings required and limited class size. The program format may change based on updates to any Pitkin County health orders.

Classes start on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.  Aspen 360° runs through March 16, with classes scheduled every other week. Aspen residents will be offered participation first, but you do not have to be a City resident to participate as all community members are welcome. To apply and learn more, please visit www.CityOfAspen.com/337/Aspen360.

The deadline to apply is November 30.  The cost is $59.

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Contact: 
Denise White, Communications Director, 970-920-5293 or denise.white@cityofaspen.com

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