Due to overwhelming response, registration for the City of Amarillo’s Citizen’s Academy – “Amarillo 101” – which begins Thursday, September 5, 2013 has been closed. This eight week program will offer insight into City government, its services, history, and municipal government in general.
In addition to classroom settings, Amarillo 101 will feature tours of several City departments as well as three field days. One field day will be to the City’s Service Center where participants will get a chance to operate a variety of heavy equipment used on a daily basis throughout the City. A second field day will highlight the City’s Water Treatment and Distribution operations. The final field day will take place at the Fire Training Center, where various public safety and airport equipment will be available for demonstration and operation.
By the end of the program, participants will have gained a new appreciation for their City, the complexity of the City’s operations, and the multitude of services the City provides its citizens. Amarillo 101 consists of eight sessions, which will begin Thursday, September 5 and culminate with a graduation and recognition ceremony during the Amarillo City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday classes last from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday field days will last from 8 a.m. to Noon.
- Enrollment is limited to 15 participants who will be notified by Thursday, August 29 if they have been selected.
Please see the schedule below for more information, or contact the Community Relations office at (806) 378-3549 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To be considered for the next session of Amarillo 101, which is slated for Spring 2014, click here.
Session #1: Thursday, September 5, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Orientation: The City of Amarillo Overview
City Hall, 509 S.E. 7th Ave., Room 306 & Commission Chamber
City Manager Jarrett Atkinson, along with the City’s senior management team, will give a general overview of how our City government functions. Highlights will include:
- Welcome – Course Overview
- City Charter
- City Council
- Organizational Structure
- Open Meetings
- Public Information Act
- Amarillo Economic Development Corporation (AEDC)
Session #2: Saturday, September 14, 8 a.m. to Noon
Amarillo at Work
Service Center, 800 S.E. 23rd Ave.
During this first of three Saturday field days, participants will receive an overview the City’s Public Works, Parks and Transit Operations. After an orientation of the City’s daily field operations and a short tour, participants will have the opportunity to:
- Drive and operate a solid waste truck
- Drive a transit bus
- Operate a knuckle-boom truck
- Operate a backhoe – put your skills to the test with the soccer ball challenge
- Operate Parks maintenance equipment
- Observe City equipment and vehicles
Session #3: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Your Money at Work
Amarillo Emergency Operations Center – 808 S. Buchanan
From picking up your trash to delivering water to your home to providing public safety services and community needs – the City of Amarillo is one of the largest businesses in the Texas Panhandle. In this session, participants will learn how City funds are generated, managed, spent and why.
- Information Technology
- Tour: Emergency Operations Center & AECC
- Budget & Operations
- General Fund Operations
- Enterprise Fund Operations: Utilities, Airport, Fleet, Drainage Utility
- Related Entities:
- TIRZ (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone)
Session #4: Thursday, September 26, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Amarillo as a Growing City
Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
10801 Airport Blvd., Air Terminal Building, Kritser Conference Room
Amarillo is experiencing growth in a variety of manners, including new subdivisions and new municipal facilities. Following a tour of Rick Husband International Airport, participants will learn how the Comprehensive Plan guides Amarillo’s current and future growth. Managing the “built environment” is the responsibility of the Building Safety Department.
- Tour: Airport Terminal
- Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
- Public Improvement Districts (PIDs)
- Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ)
- Building Safety
Session #5: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 8 a.m. to Noon
Amarillo at Your Service
Osage Water Treatment Plant, 3701 S. Osage
Every Drop Counts. The process of bringing water to Amarillo and making it safe for your family is complex. Participants will follow that process during a tour of the Osage Water Treatment Plant.
- Water Production, Treatment and Transmission Facilities
- Utilities Division Overview
- Water Production
- Surface Water Treatment
- Water Transmission
- Wastewater Treatment
- Every Drop Counts
Session #6: Thursday, October 10, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Caring for the Community
Public Health Department, 1000 Martin Road
After touring the Department of Public Health, participants will discuss how the City makes a difference in the safety and quality of life in our neighborhoods, for our children, and for the most vulnerable of our citizens.
- Public Health
- Amarillo Hospital District
- Women’s, Infants and Children’s Nutrition Program (WIC)
- Environmental Health
- Animal Control
- Community Development
Session #7: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Amarillo as a Place for Fun, Recreation and Learning
Downtown Library, Harrington Regional Library Consortium, 413 E. 4th
In addition to providing the crucial day-to-day services it takes to run a City, it’s not all business. There are fun and games – and learning, too! This session, which will include a tour of the Downtown Library, will focus on the Amarillo Parks and Recreation Division, the opportunities afforded at the City’s various event venues and the wealth of educational opportunities provided by the City’s library system.
- Five locations plus online services
- Civic Center
- Hockey, Football
- Resident Companies
- Venue District
- Parks & Recreation
- Recreation Programs
- Swimming Pools/Splash Pads
Session #8: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 8 a.m. to Noon
Amarillo as a Safe Community
Fire Training Center at Amarillo Airport, 12400 N.E. 8th Ave.
Participants will be briefed on the Airport, Police and Fire departments. Demonstrations and hands-on activities will include:
- Airport Snow Plows (largest plows in the area)
- Fire Equipment and Capability demonstrations
- Airport Rescue & Fire Fighting truck
- Police Equipment and Capability
Final Q&A Session
Graduation and Recognition: Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
City Hall, Commission Chambers, 509 S.E. 7th Ave., Room 306
- City Council Meeting