Citizens’ Academy

The inaugural class of the Citizen's Academy for Omaha's Future.

The inaugural class of the Citizen’s Academy for Omaha’s Future.


Citizens’ Academy for Omaha’s Future is a joint project with One Omaha, Mode Shift Omaha, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, Douglas County Health Department, Omaha by Design, and Live Well Omaha. The Academy provides knowledge, skills, and connections that graduates can leverage to advocate for their vision of the community. Participants will also learn how different values and decisions shape the built environment of Omaha. The outcomes are improved community health, more transportation options, and greater equity.

Curriculum Topics

The workshops will include topics on planning, transportation, the development process, land use, and community health. Guest speakers will emphasize when and how the public can impact the development process.

Regional Planning and Visions of the Future
Land Use and Complete Streets
Transit and Active Transportation/Healthy Living
Navigating Local Government
Graduation & Action Plans


The academy consists of seven 3-hour workshops held on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and moderated by the host organizations.

The next session dates will be June 14-Jul 19, 2018.

Target Audience

Citizens’ Academy is designed for leaders from neighborhood, business, and community organizations. The class size is limited to 15 individuals. A passion for the city’s future is a prerequisite. Applicants will be selected based on responses to the application form and contribution to a representative cohort.

How to Apply

The registration form is available at: (sign up for CAOF sessions)

For more information, please contact us at

One Response to “Citizens’ Academy”

  1. Ellen Jackson February 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    I have applied two previous times for the citizen academy, and am still very interested.
    I would like to apply again….do you have old applications, or consider them? Thank you! E

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