Citizens Academy

Through an eight-week series, learn how county government works including topics like winter road plowing, light rail transit and property tax assessment. Participants will meet county leaders and learn about all the services the county provides. The series is free to the public. Participants must be at least 18.

The fall session is filled. Add your name to the spring 2019 notification list.

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Session topics, materials and locations

The citizens academy fall series runs from September 20 to November 14, 2018.

The series has eight sessions, and each runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sessions are held in Brooklyn Center, Edina, Medina, Minneapolis, and Plymouth.

The first and seventh sessions are on Thursdays. All other sessions are on Wednesdays. Sessions 7 and 8 are two weeks apart due to Election Day.

The citizens academy is open to people 18 and older.

Week 1: Thursday, September 20

Hennepin County Board, property assessing, budget (session held in Edina)

Property tax fact sheets

Week 2: Wednesday, September 26

Transportation Operations, Transportation Project Delivery, Planning, Emergency Management (session held in Medina)

Week 3: Wednesday, October 3

Community Corrections and Rehabilitation and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (session held in Plymouth)

Week 4: Wednesday, October 10

Health and Medical Services (session held in Minneapolis) 

Week 5: Wednesday, October 17

Human Services (session held in Brooklyn Center) 

Week 6: Wednesday, October 24

Community Works, Environment and Energy (session held in Minneapolis)

    Week 7: Thursday, November 1

    Public Defender's Office, County Attorney's Office, Hennepin County District Court (session held in Minneapolis)

    Week 8: Wednesday, November 14

    Elections, County Administration, My Hennepin County (session held in Minneapolis)

    History of Hennepin County

    Hennepin County 1852 - 2002

    This booklet was created to provide some of the historical highlights of Hennepin County's 150 years, as well as an overview of Hennepin County government. Reference copies of the booklet are available at Hennepin County Library. Search the site for "Hennepin County 1852 - 2002."

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