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Ever wonder what it takes to mobilize the staff necessary to install the barricades, close the streets and clean up the trash after the Fantasy Fest parade? Do you know why Old Town is considered an historic treasure? Where do tax dollars actually go once you've paid them? The answers are just some of what you'll learn as a Key West Ambassador.

There is no better way to get to know city government than through the Key West Ambassador's Academy. 

The class meets for 14 weeks every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m, usually at the City Hall at 1300 White Street. The Academy is conducted twice a year, with the first session beginning in January and the second in July.

The Ambassadors program started in 2003. During weekly sessions, representatives of various city departments meet with the group to give an in-depth understanding of the workings of city government. In addition, participants will hear from the Key West Housing Authority, the Navy and various other entities that serve the Key West community.

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The list of graduates of the programs looks like a who's who of Key West that includes city and county commissioners, CEOs and directors of several not for profit organizations. The Ambassador program works under the concept that an educated citizenry is the bedrock of a well-functioning democracy.

 


Key West Ambassadors Academy is an interactive program that focuses on educating citizens about the City's government processes. Elected officials, department directors and other city staff will host unique and informative sessions designed to give citizens hands-on experience in city government operations. If you want to better understand the way your city works and what your tax dollars do, this is your chance to learn the ins and outs of city management and have your suggestions implemented. Help your community through solving problems.

 

For more information:
Alyson Crean, 809-1058 or acrean@cityofkeywest-fl.gov

 

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