Bettendorf enrolling ‘students’ for 2024 Citizen Academy

How does a development go from an idea to reality? Who is in charge of your taxes? What is a Bearcat? Where does your garbage go once it gets picked up? How does your favorite park stay maintained all year long? What happens to a book after you return it to the library? What’s the Family Museum like without hundreds of kids running around?

The City of Bettendorf is offering residents the opportunity to learn the answers to those

questions and many more during its 2024 Citizen Academy

This annual eight-week course gives “students” an in-depth look at how their city operates by exploring all 12 city departments: Administration, Community Development, Economic Development, Family Museum, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Legal, Library, Parks & Recreation, Police, and Public Works.

Bettendorf’s 2024 Citizen Academy is open to anyone who lives in the city and is at least 18 years old. Class begins Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m.  and meets every Thursday evening, with the addition of an all-day bus tour on Friday, Oct. 11, that visits our community’s Compost Facility, Iowa American Water Plant, Scott Area Landfill, Scott Emergency Communications Center, Waste Commission of Scott County, and Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

The course will wrap up on Wednesday, Oct. 30, with an afternoon bus tour of the city’s parks in their full fall foliage, followed by a graduation ceremony and party at The Forge Putting Experience at the Palmer Hills Golf Complex.

Go here for more information on the academy.

Space is limited. To enroll, email the City’s Community Engagement Manager Angie Sharp at [email protected]. The deadline to enroll is Sept. 1 or until the academy is full.


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