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City urges Abilenians to apply for program aimed at getting more involvement

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The City of Abilene is accepting applications for a unique opportunity. It’s one the mayor hopes will spark interest in others running for office.ABILENE, Texas -

Have you ever wondered how city government works? Now is your chance to find out.

“I am very excited about Abilene Academy,” Mayor Anthony Williams said.

He said he hopes Abilene Academy will get more people involved in the community. “What I want to see as mayor is an opportunity for people to not only be educated and engaged, but ultimately run for city council, run for mayor, and then serve on our boards and committees," Williams said. Classes will be Monday evenings and one Saturday for a total of eight weeks. It ends with graduation in May and it’s all free of charge. Participants will get the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the police and fire departments, among others. Williams said Abilene Academy is one of the first things he wanted to do once he was sworn in. “I’m a big believer when people are informed, when people are educated, it makes a better opportunity, a better environment -- in the end a better product for our community," Williams said. The academy was based off a similar program done several years ago called City University. The city of Abilene also looked at programs in other cities.

Applications are due by Jan. 26 -- and it’s based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

You can find more information and apply here: http://abilenetx.gov/living/abilene-academy

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