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Last February, the Town of Huntersville offered its first ever Huntersville 101 class, offering 18 residents a chance to learn first-hand about the Town of Huntersville, the services it provides and its governmental processes.

The 2012 class of Huntersville 101 begins Wednesday, February 1st and will continue every Wednesday night through March 28th. Participants will receive a detailed snapshot of the Town, its staff and departments, as well as major projects currently under way.  Each class will focus on a different department or area of town government, including: town history, administration, finance and budget, planning, transportation, engineering & public works, police, fire, parks & recreation and Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics.

Huntersville has been one of the fastest growing communities in North Carolina over the past decade and many of Huntersville’s residents have moved here from other parts of the country. In fact, Forbes Magazine identified the Town of Huntersville ranked second in their 2009 look at America’s Best Places to Move. Because services the Town provides and levels of service are likely different than where many of our residents moved from, this program offers a unique opportunity for the Town to engage local residents already interested in the Town about the services and programs provided and where the lines between town and county services exist.

The Town has regular openings for appointed boards and committees and a program like this gives prospective applicants a head start on the learning curve that comes with such appointments.

In fact, successful participants from the 2011 class have applied for and successfully been appointed to such advisory boards as the Huntersville Planning Board, Board of Adjustment and Parks & Recreation Commission.

Participants are also encouraged to share the knowledge they receive from the program with their neighbors and businesses.

Program Details
Huntersville 101 is open to Huntersville residents and space is limited to 20 participants. If needed, a selection process will be used to balance the class. There is no cost.

The program kicks off Wednesday, February 1st and will continue for eight (8) consecutive Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Some classes may run a little longer depending on questions, but all should conclude by 8:30 p.m. The last class will be Wednesday, March 28th and a graduation event will take place at one of the April board meetings. There will also be a tour of the town, currently planned for the morning of Saturday, March 31st, for those interested.

Participants must be able to commit to this schedule to be considered for the class.  See http://www.huntersville.org/Residents/Huntersville101.aspx for more information.

If you are interested in attending, please download an application and submit it to Bobby Williams at bwilliams@huntersville.org or by mail at: PO Box 664, Huntersville, NC 28070.

Those accepted to the class will be notified by Wednesday, January 25th at the latest.
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