Have you ever wondered who maintains our roads, how the City creates a budget or plans for the future of our parks? Curious citizens will have an opportunity to learn how local government works in the third Shoreline CityWise Project, a series of interactive classes starting in January 2020.
First offered in 2017 as a pilot project, CityWise provides insight into the wide range of services provided by the City. In sessions with elected officials and City staff, participants learn about the structure of Shoreline government, and how different departments function. The second half of each class allows students to experience what they have just learned through interactive experiences, from serving on a mock city council to designing a road.
One graduate noted: “CityWise gave me a lot more insight into what it takes to make a city work. I have a greater appreciation for the balanced work that occurs. Staff presentations were imaginative, appropriate, and educational.”
Classes will meet at City Hall on Tuesday evenings starting January 21, with a Parks visit on Saturday, February 8, and a graduation celebration with City Council on a Monday, March 9. This series is free of charge, and open to residents, employees, business owners, and students ages 16 and older in Shoreline. Class size is limited to 15 participants who will be selected with the goal of creating a class makeup broadly representative of Shoreline's population. Applicants who are Shoreline residents will receive priority.
The application is below and must be received by 6 p.m. on Monday, January 6 to be considered. Applications are accepted online only. Notice of acceptance will be sent Thursday, January 9. If you have any questions, please contact Constance Perenyi, Neighborhoods Coordinator, at email@example.com or 206-801-2253.