Biggest Little City

Reno Citizens Institute


RCI - Town Hall

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!

What You'll Learn

Alumni Comments

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.

  • FREE eight week course on Reno local government - dates for the 2015 session will be available soon! 
  • Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 5-7 p.m. (Light snacks will be served at 4:45pm)
  • Various City departments are featured each week, many with fun and informative hands-on activities.
  • Once dates are confirmed, the RCI Application will be available

Participants meet with elected officials, department directors and City staff to gain an understanding of the City’s structure, processes and services through hands on exercises and presentations.

RCI - Visit from OfficersActivities include a mock trial as participants and legal staff take on various courtroom 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!

While we hope that you can attend all the classes, we understand and appreciate your busy schedule. However, for all attendees that complete six classes, we will present you with a Certificate of Completion at a Reno City Council meeting.

For more information, please contact Lisa Mann at or 775-334-2025.


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