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Winchester Insight Citizen’s Academy Begins 2017 Class

6 January 2017 News

The City of Winchester Insight Citizen’s Academy held their first meeting of the year last night at Rouss City Hall. The program began in 2004 in an effort to open communication between citizens and the City of Winchester.

The goal of the program is for residents to get familiar with various functions of Winchester’s government, encourage continued involvement, enhance resident’s ability to navigate through the complex system of government services, and provide an avenue for open communication with city officials.

Each meeting lasts about two hours and focuses on something different. Last night focused on Winchester’s history. At each meeting students are able to discuss the City’s past, present and future with department leaders and staff. They are also able to get to know the people that make the daily decisions and find out how and, most importantly, why decisions are made. Classes will run through April with a graduation at the conclusion. This year’s Insight Citizen’s Academy is at capacity with around 30-35 students.

Over 280 people have graduated from the program and many have gone on to serve on an advisory board or Council for the City of Winchester. Examples include Les Veach, John Tagnesi, Milt McInturff, Art Major, John Hill, Kevin McKannan and Bill Wiley.

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