Puyallup 101: Your Community's Civics

Come Learn About Your Local Government

Have you ever wondered how the City operates? How does it maintain streets and parks? Manage the budget? Make decisions? 

If so, we encourage you to register for this free civics course. Puyallup 101: Your Community's Civics will provide insight into the workings of the City as it engages participants in a hands-on learning environment. You'll gain a strong understanding of the organizational structure and operations of City departments, and you'll also learn how you can become involved and make an impact in this place we call home.

Course Objectives

  • Offer a behind-the-scenes look into how City departments operate and how decisions are made.
  • Foster communication between the City and residents, businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Encourage community members to become involved in decisions that affect Puyallup’s quality of life.
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Participant Eligibility

  • Must be a City of Puyallup resident or business owner, or work in the city. All participants must be 18 years or older.
  • Must not be running for, or currently serving in, a political office.
  • Must be willing to commit to attending at least eight of the ten classes in order to graduate at the end of the course.

The inaugural session of Puyallup 101 is full. The next application period will open in January 2020.

Puyallup 101 2019 Class Schedule 

All classes are from 6 to 8 pm on Thursdays except for 10/30, which is a Wednesday.

Date      Topic of Class

9/26       Orientation: City Government 101, City Manager’s Office

10/03     Finance: Where Does the Money Go?

10/10     Public Works: Building Our City

10/17     Wastewater Treatment Plant

10/24     Development Services

10/30     Parks & Recreation

11/07     Puyallup Public Library

11/14     Police Department: Keeping Our Community Safe

11/21     Emergency Management: Being Prepared

12/05     Citizen Involvement: The Community’s Voice; Graduation Reception & Ceremony