City Government Academy

To encourage community engagement, the City of Valparaiso has introduced a City Government Academy, an opportunity for residents to learn about how city government works in their own community. The City Government Academy (CGA) is a free seven-week program where participants meet in locations around the city and learn from members of the city’s leadership team. By participating in this program, residents will gain a deeper understanding of how local government works, meet government leaders and department heads, understand how citizens can become more engaged in public decision-making and serve as role models for other community residents. To date, 105 residents have completed the program.

The next Academy will take place April - May 2023.  Fill out this form to get alerts about future program dates and to participate next year.  This group typically meets on Wednesday evenings for 7 weekly sessions.

Community Engagement Director, at 219-462-1161 or

Sample of Government Academy Graduates at Valparaiso City Council June 10
Chief Dutz presents to CGA
Bill Oeding giving City Hall tour
CGA gets Police Dept tour
Government Academy Graduates