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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.

  • FREE seven week course on Reno local government.
  • Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Light snacks will be served at 5:15pm)
  • Various City departments are featured each week, many with fun and informative hands-on activities.

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.

What You'll Learn

Alumni Comments

Activities 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!

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

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