Register Now for Fall 2017 Citizens’ Academy


Want to help your neighborhood? Meet others interested in making Omaha a better place? Learn how to navigate city hall?

Apply for the fall 2017 session of the Citizens Academy for Omaha’s Future (CAOF). Designed for leaders from neighborhoods, businesses and community organizations, CAOF seeks to provide knowledge, skills and connections that participants can leverage to advocate for their vision of the community.
A cohort of 20 citizens will be selected for the fall session, which runs from Oct. 5 to Nov. 16. The weekly three-hour, Thursday evening sessions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (free parking is available). Topics will include:

  • Local government structure
  • Planning
  • City engineering
  • Active transportation
  • Public transit
  • The role of neighborhood associations

Outcomes for participants include:

  • A better understanding of how, when and by whom decisions about Omaha’s built environment are made
  • A better understanding of how to engage in that process

The application deadline is Thursday, Aug. 31, and the cost is $50 per person. Scholarships are available. To apply, visit

The CAOF is sponsored by the Douglas County Health Department, Live Well Omaha, the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, Mode Shift Omaha, Omaha by Design and ONE Omaha. The sponsors enjoy seeing what can happen when citizens and decision makers are in the same room together, proactively, to learn from each other.

For more information, please contact ONE’s Michael Van Sant at or 402.378.4032.

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