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Civic Engagement Liaison
Publicity & Marketing Specialist
Publicity & Marketing Technician

CityWorks 101

What is CityWorks 101?

What is CityWorks 101?

CityWorks 101 is a public educations program that invites people to get up close and personal to their local government! Students receive presentations from dozens of City staff, meet the Mayor and City Manager, hang out with Councilmembers and tour facilities. 

Tours vary but usually include:

  • A water treatment plant
  • City television and production studio
  • Streets and traffic control center
  • City Hall

Why take CityWorks 101?

The class offers a deep understanding of the role and responsibilities of different departments, how they work together, ways to stay informed and how to be more involved. Students have gone on to serve on Boards and Commissions, volunteer in other capacities and even become Councilmembers.

Each class is different but some topics participants learn about include: 

  • Our form of government and how it works
  • The timing of street lights, traffic control and construction
  • Zoning laws and planning for growth
  • Natural area management
  • Grants, rebates and other resources offered through a variety of departments that help with neighborhood improvements, event implementation, utility efficiencies and more

How do I apply?

Applications open in late January/early February. There will be a link on this page at that time. If you need a paper version please contact one of the contacts listed above.

When is the class?

The class runs mid-March to mid-May from 6 to 9 p.m. on either Wednesday or Thursday. The schedule rotates to help with accessibility.

Class Size and Applicant Acceptance

The class capacity is around 30 people and there are always many more applicants than space. Applicants are chosen through a lottery drawing with multiple entries given to people that have applied multiple times. For example, someone that has applied two years in a row will be given two lottery entries. Applicants will be notified by email.

What happens after the class?

We deeply appreciate people taking the time to learn about their City and see graduates of the class as the “unofficial ambassadors of Fort Collins.” Graduates are added to an emailing list which offers a first look at topics, events, and invitations to special alumni forums and tours.