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Reno Citizens Institute


About RCI 

Do you ever wonder how your City government works? Who your City Council representative is? How staff decides which streets to repair or what streets are first to be plowed after a snowstorm? The Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) will answer all those questions and many more!  


RCI offers an opportunity for participants to gain valuable insight into City operations so they can share this information with friends and neighbors to help improve our quality of life. The free, eight week program holds weekly classes on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (light snacks are provided at 5:15 p.m.). 

Through the various sessions, presentations, tours and exercises participants will:

  • Learn about the City of Reno government structure and meet elected officials and City staff.
  • Learn about the 11 City of Reno departments and their operations.
  • Learn about the programs and services provided by the City of Reno.
  • Connect with neighbors in your community.

Information about the eight week Fall session will soon be available and posted here. To be placed on a waiting list, please send your name and e-mail address to

RCI at a glance:

Activities include a mock Planning Commission meeting as participants and City staff take on various roles. Participants also visit the 911 dispatch center to get a taste of the fast paced and inner workings of public safety. A trip to a local fire station includes trying on some of the fire fighting gear and seeing the apparatus up close. Designing a park within a budget and deciding on what features to include is always a challenge and fun too!

For more information, please contact or 775-334-3112.

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