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Reno Citizens Institute

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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, ten-week program holds weekly classes from 5:30 to 8 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 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.

2017 Session Information

Sessions will be held Thursday evenings, 5:30-8 p.m., at various locations. Light snacks will be served at 5:15 p.m. The first class will be held on August 10.

While we encourage you to attend all sessions, we recognize you may have other commitments. All participants who attend six sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion presented at the October 12, 2017 graduation ceremony.

Registration will open in June. Space is limited to the first 70 participants who sign up. Deadline to register is August 4.

If you have any questions, or would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact

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 what features to include is always a challenge, and lots of fun!

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

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