How to develop a meaningful citizen academy has been a hot topic among cities in recent months. Bend, Sandy, and West Linn are a few of the Oregon cities that have taken steps in creating such as an academy.
A new website has been created by the University of North Carolina School of Government that serves as a clearinghouse of information on citizens academies. The intent is to create a community of practice for local government practitioners working with citizens academies in their communities. On the website, you will find information and innovative practices culled from dozens of successful programs from North Carolina to California.
Here is the link to the UNC School of Government Citizen Academy webpage: http://www.sog.unc.edu/programs/citizensacademies