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CASA GRANDE -- The city is accepting applications for the 2020 Leadership Academy, an eight-week program designed to educate citizens on how their local government works.

Each week, participants learn about a new facet of the city through presentations and tours hosted by department directors, elected officials and local community stakeholders. Since 2003, this free training opportunity has provided residents with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to keep Casa Grande running.

Mayor Craig McFarland graduated from the Leadership Academy in 2016 and said there is a lot more than meets the eye to city business.

"We want our community to be informed and involved," McFarland said in a press release. "Whether you are a new or seasoned resident or want to learn how your money is spent as a taxpayer, the academy will provide the opportunity for you to learn these things and more."

The Leadership Academy is held every year and is available to 25 Casa Grande residents, generally 18 years and older. Sessions will run every Thursday, starting February 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and end with a graduation on April 2. The City partners with Arizona Public Service (APS) to sponsor this program.

To participate, residents must complete an application by Jan. 31 at

A class schedule is available for review. Space is limited so please apply today. Those accepted into the program will be notified by email before sessions start.