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Fall 2016 Hennepin County Citizens Academy

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Are you interested in learning how county roads are plowed every winter?  How Hennepin County is involved in light-rail transit?  What about learning how county taxes are assessed and where your tax money goes?  The Hennepin County Citizens Academy will address questions like these and more.  Participants will meet county leaders and learn about all of the services the county provides.  The series is free to the public.

The Hennepin County Citizens Academy begins Thursday, September 15, 2016 and runs through November 2, 2016 (no session on October 12).  The seven weekly Wednesday sessions (first and third sessions are on Thursday) meet from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at various Hennepin County facilities, including the cities of Brooklyn Center, Medina, Minneapolis, and Minnetonka. See the schedule below for location, directions and session details. Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years old.

2016 Schedule: location, directions and session content (content may be updated prior to each session)


Sept 15 (Thur)

Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka


  • Overview of the county board
  • Creating the county budget
  • Assessor's Office
  • Tour of the library

Sept 21 

Public Works Facility, Medina


  • Roads, bridges, bike trails and traffic signals
  • Emergency Management
  • Tour of Hennepin County Public Works Facility and the county fleet

Sept. 29 (Thur)

Northwest Family Service Center, Brooklyn Center


  • Overview of Human Services Department
  • Key department initiatives
  • Tour the operations of two facility partners

Oct 5

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis


  • Public Health
  • NorthPoint Health & Wellness
  • Medical Examiner's Office
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Tour the Hennepin County Medical Center

Oct 19

HERC Visitors Center, Minneapolis


  • Housing, public transportation and economic development
  • Environmental and energy
  • Tour of Target Field Station
  • Virtual tour of HERC

Oct 26

Hennepin County Government Center


  • County Attorney's Office
  • Public Defender’s Office
  • 4th Judicial District

Nov 2

Hennepin County Government Center


  • Facility Services
  • Information Technology
  • Elections
  • Workforce development and volunteering





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The Citizens Academy is a twice-yearly citizen engagement session that offers residents the opportunity to meet in person with county government leaders and learn about county services.

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