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Amarillo 101

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The fall session of Amarillo 101 – the City of Amarillo’s Citizens Academy – begins Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. This program offers general insight into municipal government, its services, and history. Applications for Amarillo 101 are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.

In addition to classroom settings, Amarillo 101 features tours of several City departments as well as three field days. One field day is at the City’s Service Center where participants have 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 is 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 ten sessions (including graduation), which will begin Thursday, Aug. 30, and will culminate with a graduation and recognition ceremony during the Amarillo City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 a.m.


  • Thursday classes are from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday field days are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon)
  • Participants should attend ALL sessions to participate in graduation and recognition
  • Participants should expect to complete surveys following each session

Please see the schedule below for more information, or contact the Public Communications and Community Engagement office at (806) 378-5219 or

Amarillo 101 Application


Session #1: Thursday, Aug. 30, 6 – 8 p.m.

City Hall, 509 S.E. 7th Ave., Room 306

The City’s senior management team will give a general overview of how our City government functions. Highlights include information about Amarillo’s history, government organizational structure, Amarillo City Council, Boards and Commissions, City Charter, Open Meetings Act, and Public Information Act – it’s a full session that you don’t want to miss!

Session #2: Thursday, Sept. 6, 6 – 8 p.m.

Simms Municipal Building, 808 S. Buchanan St., Room 275

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. Additionally, learn more about the City’s Capital Projects & Development Engineering department and enjoy a tour of the remodeled Simms Municipal Building!

Session #3: Saturday, Sept. 15, 8 – 11 a.m.

Service Center, 800 S.E. 23rd Ave.

During this first of three Saturday field days, there is an overview the City’s Public Works division and Transit Operations. After an orientation of the City’s daily field operations and a short tour, participants will have the opportunity to observe City equipment and vehicles and drive and operate a solid waste truck, drive a transit bus, operate a knuckle-boom truck and operate a backhoe.

Session #4: Thursday, Sept. 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

Simms Municipal Building, 808 S. Buchanan, Basement

The Simms Municipal Building houses many great departments, but during this session you will focus on Community Development, Building Safety, and Emergency Management – all followed by a tour of the Amarillo Emergency Call Center (AECC) and Emergency Operations Center

Session #5: Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 to 11 a.m.

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 and equipment displays after an overview of the Utilities Division.

Session #6: Thursday, Oct. 4, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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 the airport and presentation, 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. An update on the City’s facilities, including the downtown projects and Multi-Purpose Event Venue (MPEV) will follow. And don’t forget about the Transit department who help those reliant on public transportation navigate the City!

Session #7: Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Offices, 411 S. Austin St.

This class provides an overview of 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. Presentations will include overviews and services from the Public Health department, Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare (AAM&W) department, Environmental Health department, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. If time allows, you’ll even get a firsthand look at WIC’s greenhouse and facilities!

Session 8: Graduation and Recognition: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 a.m.

City Hall, Council Chambers, 509 S.E. 7th Ave.

After all the work put forward by participation, the Amarillo City Council invites you to be recognized at its regularly scheduled meeting for Tuesday, Oct. 30!

Amarillo 101 Application