Ambassador Program

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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.

About the Program

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. Participants will also hear from the Key West Housing Authority, the Navy and various other entities that serve the Key West community. 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.Photo of Class 32

Details

There is no better way to get to know city government than through the Key West Ambassador’s Academy. The program started in 2003. The class meets for 14 weeks every Thursday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, usually at the City Hall. The Academy is conducted twice a year, with the first session beginning in January and the second in July.

Program Participants

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.

Class 34 Ambassadors Schedule

DateTimeClassSpecial Requirements / Considerations
Thursday, March 2511:00 AM - 1:00 PMWelcome and Introductions from Local Government and Historian (Mayor, Assistant
City Manager, County Historian
)
City Hall 2nd Floor, City Manager's Conference Room, 1300 White Street, Key West, Florida

Thursday, April 11:00 PM - 4:00 PMCity Clerk, Engineering, Human Resources and Utilities 
City Hall Commission Chambers, 1300 White Street, Key West, Florida 

Thursday, April 81:00 PM - 4:00 PMPolice Department and
 Fire Department

Key West Police Department
1604 North Roosevelt Blvd.

Thursday, April 151:00 PM - 4:00 PMParking, Licensing, Code Compliance and Building
City Hall Commission Chambers, 1300 White Street, Key West, Florida

Thursday, April 221:00 PM - 4:00 PMUrban Forestry, Sustainability, Recycling and Information Technology
City Hall Commission Chambers, 1300 White Street, Key West, Florida

Thursday, April 291:00 PM - 4:00 PMCommunity Services (Public Works, Landscaping, Facilities Maintenance Team, Cemetery)
City Hall Commission Chambers, 1300 White Street, Key West, Florida, then a tour of the Historic Cemetery

Thursday, May 61:00 PM - 4:00 PMGarrison Marina and Key West Bight, Planning and Historic Preservation Division
City Hall Commission Chambers, 1300 White Street, Key West, Florida

Thursday, May 131:00 PM - 4:00 PMFinance (Budget) and Key West Transit
City Hall Commission Chambers, 1300 White Street, Key West, Florida, then a tour of Key West Transit facility on College Rd.

Thursday, May 201:00 PM - 4:00 PMCommission Round Table
Wednesday, June 25:00 PMGraduation Ceremony at the City Commission Meeting
City Hall Commission Chambers, 1300 White Street, Key West, Florida