The inaugural class of the Irving 360° Civic Academy received their certificates of achievement during the Nov. 9 City Council meeting. The class officially concluded with a graduation celebration on Nov. 14 during its last session at the Irving Arts Center.
The City of Irving held a 10-week, interactive course designed to give participants a behind-the-scenes look at daily operations and encourage civic engagement. Thirty Irving community members applied to participate in the program, which ran predominantly on Tuesday evenings.
During the classes, participants engaged with city staff on operational services including government structure; elections and boards; public safety; economic development; tourism; communications; budget and finance; water utilities; transportation; parks and recreation; solid waste; libraries, as well as arts and museums. Participants toured City Hall, and classes were held at city facilities including the Valley View Municipal Complex, Hunter Ferrell Landfill Administration Building, the Irving Arts Center and the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.
Participants said they enjoyed meeting city officials while learning about the mechanics of daily municipal operations. Participants were excited about the many engagement opportunities departments offered and the ability to share vital city information with members of their community. Staff appreciated the opportunity to network with residents and learn about their interest in the City of Irving.
“The Irving 360° Civic Academy provided residents and staff members a valuable opportunity to learn from one another,” said Irving City Manager Chris Hillman. “Through this course, we provided residents with a comprehensive education in city structure. It’s our hope that they use this information to stay involved and to serve as ambassadors for the community.”
The program drew significant interest in the community prior to its September kick-off. The city encourages those who are interested in participating in the future to keep an eye out for the next civic academy opportunity.
Irving also offers multiple engagement opportunities including volunteering, the Boards and Commissions, Citizen’s Fire Academy and the Citizen’s Police Academy. Visit CityofIrving.org for more information.