Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy 2018 Graduation

About the program:

The City of Eden Citizens Academy is open to all community members 18 years old or older who are city residents or who live in the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction or work or own a business or property in the City of Eden. Class size is limited to 15 participants on a first-come basis. 


While attending , participants will


  • Learn about city government operations and services
  • Participate in dialogues with city leaders, city staff and other civic-minded residents
  • See taxpayers' investments at work
  • Expand their knowledge and become more informed on current and proposed projects within the city
  • Gain appreciation for the city's resources and capacity to meet the needs of the community
  • Learn about opportunities to become more involved and help build a sustainable community
  • Receive first-hand information and have the chance to ask questions on any topic at the end of each session.
There is no cost to individuals who attend the sessions, but the city strongly encourages participants to commit the time to attend each program. The sessions begin in August and are held each Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for 9 weeks at various city locations. Site visits will include trips to the public works, police and fire departments, parks and recreational areas. Since many participants will arrive directly from work without eating, a light meal will also be provided each week. The 10th session will be held at the Eden City Council's October Meeting at 6:00 p.m.  This will allow each participant to see how city government operates and each participant will be recognized by the Mayor and City Council. A graduation reception will be held after the meeting.

If you wish to learn more about the City of Eden's Citizens Academy, please contact City Clerk Deanna Hunt at 336-623-2110, option 8, or email.