Still time to apply for Civic Leadership Academy


Last updated 7/7/2014 at 7:03pm

Applications are open for the fall 2014 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA). This season, the CLA will designate half of its available slots for new Americans and recent immigrants as part of the city’s Welcoming Pittsburgh initiative.

Pittsburgh residents and business owners are invited to apply to this free 10-week course to learn about city government and its departments.

“The Civic Leadership Academy has empowered countless Pittsburgh residents to improve their communities and play an active role in local government,” said Mayor William Peduto. “By aligning with Welcoming Pittsburgh, we are opening the halls of government to all who contribute to the fabric of our community and fuel our economy.”

The academy gives participants an opportunity to interact one-on-one with city department directors and staff members through tours, interactive presentations, and hands-on demonstrations. Program topics include city planning, urban redevelopment, public works, park services, protection of our waterways and rivers, public safety and more. To date, the city has held eleven classes with nearly 200 graduates.

The academy will meet every Wednesday evening from September 10 to November 12; sessions run from 6-8:30 p.m. Applications are available online at and must be submitted by July 11. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live within city limits or be a business owner who operates within city limits.

Since 2011, servePGH has led the Civic Leadership Academy. This year, servePGH is excited to announce a partnership with the Office of Community Affairs which will take a leading role for this initiative. Call Community Affairs at 412-255-4773 or email for more information about the Civic Leadership Academy. 


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