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The Bay County Citizens Academy is an informative series of classes about the many services provided by the Bay County Board of County Commissioners. Students will learn from elected officials and county administrators about an array of topics such as the budgeting process, where we get our drinking water, what happens to our trash, how our tax dollars are spent and much, much more. The class concludes with a day-long field trip to various county facilities, including Animal Control, the Emergency Operations Center, the Bay County Gun Range and more. The county will hold a graduation ceremony for participating members during the Bay County Commission meeting at the Bay County Government Center.  

An itinerary for each session is available below. Space is limited to the first 20 people who register. Lunch and transportation are provided the day of the field trip.

Interested in taking Bay County Citizens Academy? Please contact Lara Herter below.

calendar of sessions

  • Session 1: Monday, Apr 2, 9:00 - 11:00 am
     
    Gulf Coast State College, Student Union East – Room 243 Welcome Comments from County Manager, Bob Majka
      Budget
      Transit
      IT & GIS
      Veterans’ Services
  • Session 2: Monday, April 9, 9:00 - 11:00 am
    Gulf Coast State College, Student Union East – Room 243 Welcome Remarks by Chairman Dozier
      Parks & Recreation
      Animal Control
  • Session  3: Monday, April  16, 9:00 - 11:00 am
    Gulf Coast State College, Student Union East – Room 243 9:00 to 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Commissioner
      9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Fire, EMS and Emergency Services Presentations
      10:15 to 11:00 a.m. Utilities Presentation
  • Session  4: Monday, April 23, 9:00 - 11:00 am
     
    Gulf Coast State College, Student Union East – Room 243  9:00 to 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Commissioner
      9:15 to 9:50 a.m. Cooperative Extension
      9:50 to 11:00 a.m. Facilities, Roads and Bridges and Mosquito Control
  • Session 5: Monday, April 30, 9:00 - 11:00 am
     
    Bay County Government Center Chambers 9:00 to 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Commissioner
    Traffic Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, Government Center 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Public Works – Traffic & Engineering Presentation, and Tour of Intelligent Traffic Room
    Library 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Tour Library, ending in History Room
  • Session 6: Monday, May 7, 9:00 - 11:00 am
    Gulf Coast State College, Student Union East – Room 243 9:00 to 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Commissioner
      9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Community Development – Planning & Zoning, Builders Services and Code Enforcement
      10:15 to 11:00 a.m. Solid Waste – Waste To Energy
  • Session 7: Monday, May 14, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm (Field Trip)
     

    Front of Bay County Government Center

    8:00 a.m.

    Depart for Utilities on Transmitter Road

     

    Travel Time to Water Treatment Plant/Utilities

    8:00 to 8:20 a.m.

    Water Treatment Plant/Utilities – Transmitter Road

    8:20 to 9:00 a.m.

    Tour of Facility

     

    Travel Time to Animal Control

    9:00 to 9:15 a.m.

    Animal Control

    9:15 to 9:35 a.m.

    Tour of Facility

    Waste To Energy

    9:35 to 9:50 a.m.

    Tour of Facility

     

    Travel Time to EOC

    9:50 to 10:20 a.m.

    EOC – Southport

    10:20 to 11:00 a.m.

    Tour of Facility

     

    Travel Time to Solid Waste/Gun Range

    11:00 to 11:20 a.m.

    Steelfield Landfill

    11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

    Riding Tour of Landfill (Pick up Glenn upon arrival)

    Gun Range

    11:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Presentation by FWC in Gun Range Meeting Room, pre-arranged activity on gun range or golf cart tour and catered lunch

    Travel Time to West End Fire Station

    1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

     

    West End Fire Station

    2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

    Tour of Fire Station

     

    Travel Time Back to Government Center

    2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

  • Graduation: Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 am (County Commission Meeting)
    Bay County Government Center Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. Ceremony recognizing the citizens who completed the Academy

Lara Herter, Program Developer, Community & Education
lherter@gulfcoast.edu
T  850.873.3583
M  850.217.9952

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