Experiencing the day-to-day government

PIQUA — For those interested in getting a hands-on, in-depth look at how Piqua’s local government operates, they are in luck. The city of Piqua is holding its sixth annual Piqua Government Academy this fall, beginning on Sept. 14.

“It is for citizens to be able to understand how their local government actually works,” Piqua City Manager Gary Huff said.

The Ohio City/County Management Association has recognized the Piqua Government Academy as one of the best programs for Citizen Engagement.

From the Public Works Department to the police department, residents will be able to learn what the employees do, how they do it, and what they do day-to-day to keep the city running efficiently.

“Citizens get to go and meet each with a different department,” Huff said, “(and) experience some things employees do every day.”

One example is the session with the Public Works Department where attendees will be able to ride a snow plow on a closed course. Other departments will show presentations if the nature of their work requires less active participation.

“It is a great way for people to really understand what city government is about,” Huff said.

There will be 15 different sessions. Each one will be held once a week on Monday nights, starting at 6 p.m.

“It’s been very beneficial,” Huff said.

Huff explained that he started the program six years ago when he came to Piqua. Huff previously started the program in Fisher’s, Ind., and Blacksburg, Va. Those cities are still continuing to run their own versions of the academy.

People can register at www.piquaoh.org, under Piqua Government Academy Registration. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 4.

Upon registration completion, attendees will be mailed a master roster of participants and a master schedule.

For additional information, the city manager’s office can be contacted at (937) 778-2051.