Florida League of Cities

Citizens’ academies are an excellent way to educate residents, build positive relationships and increase communication between city government officials and citizens, as well as inspire future municipal leaders.


Statistics show that 30 percent of Floridians are natives, while 70 percent moved here from somewhere else. This can greatly affect a Floridian’s understanding of city government in the Sunshine State.

That's why the League developed its "Guide to Creating a Citizens' Academy" with real-world examples of Citizens' Academy programs from cities across Florida.

The League's Center for Municipal Research conducted a mini-survey on Citizens' Academies in 2018. Click here to view the survey report. 

To the right is an example of a promo video from one of our member cities. The City of Sanford created this video to provide a taste of what participation in a Citizen's Academy can be like.