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FRAMINGHAM – The City is launching the 2020 Framingham Government Academy (FGA) – a series of virtual educational workshops guided by representatives from City departments to educate residents about a variety of municipal functions and increase their understanding of the community. Framingham will host the Academy on Zoom.

The virtual Academy is an opportunity for residents to learn the ins-and-outs of the Framingham government from the comfort of home. Understanding processes and functions equips residents to be informed and more meaningfully engaged. Each week, academy members will hear directly from City leaders on different topics such as policy, services, and initiatives.

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all sessions. However, attendees must enroll by completing this application by Friday, Oct. 9.

Sessions will be recorded and available on the Government Channel, Youtube, and the Framingham Government Academy web page in December.

Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer and Citizen Participation Officer Alaa Abusalah will host the 2020 the Academy, which kicks off Oct. 13.

Sessions will be 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays (except session four, Monday, Nov. 2). Zoom links will be sent to participants before each session.

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1 Tue. 10/13 Government Overview Mayor, Citizen Participation, Officer, Chief Operation Officer, City Council Chair

2 Tue. 10/20 School Department Mayor, School Superintendent, School Committee Chair

3 Tue. 10/27 Budget Chief Financial Officer

4 Mon. 11/2 Planning and Economic Development Planning and Economic Development Leadership

5 Tue. 11/10 Permitting and Code Enforcement Inspectional Services Division Head

6 Tue. 11/17 Public Health and safety DPH, Fire, Police Leadership

7 Tue. 11/24 Department of Public Works Department of Public Works Leadership

8 Tue. 12/1 Recycling, Sustainability, Conservation Organization Leadership

9 Tue. 12/8 Parks and Recreation Parks and Recreation Leadership

10 Tue. 12/15 Closing – Getting Involved Mayor, Citizen Participation Officer, Public Information Officer

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.