Woodbury Citizens’ Academy

The Woodbury Citizens’ Academy, a 10-week program offered by the Woodbury Community Foundation, started today. I was one of the 25 participants in this very first class.

Our first session was held at the Woodbury City Hall.  

Woodbury Community Foundation’s executive director Alisa Rabin Bell welcomed everyone and gave an introduction of the Foundation.

Then we learned about Washington county and Woodbury city governments from various officials. 

County commissioner Lisa Weik talked about the role and responsibilities of county commissioners.

Deputy county administrator Molly O’Rourke gave an overview of Washington county structure, operations and services.

City council member Paul Rebholz talked about the role and responsibilities of city council members. 

City administrator Clinton Gridley gave an overview of city structure and operations, city budget and other isssues.

All participants are interested in the Academy to learn more about the inner workings of the local government and to get involved in the community. Some have lived in Woodbury for 30 years or their whole life, others moved here only a couple of months ago. Many expressed interest in giving back to the community.

A community can only thrive when its people are informed, involved and engaged.

Woodbury Citizens’ Academy is a great program to inform, involve and engage its citizens.

I am sure by the end of the program, we will all be more informed, involved and engaged.