Valparaiso Invites Participants to City Government Academy

In Valparaiso, the city invites residents to take part in its seven-week City Government Academy. “So far 105 people have graduated from our City Government Academy. It’s gratifying to see them become more engaged in the community. In fact, several of our graduates are currently serving in elected or appointed positions throughout the city,” said Maggie Clifton, Valpo’s Director of Community Engagement and creator of the academy. The spring 2023 session is April 5 to May 17, Wednesday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m. It’s free but limited to 35 participants. Registration is required.

“The City Government Academy shares the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of Valparaiso government and participants learn more about how decisions are made, how dollars are allocated, and how services are delivered each day,” said Clifton. “We’re excited that participants report that they’re more likely to attend a public meeting or get involved in public service after the academy experience.”

To learn more about the Academy or to sign up, visit or call Maggie Clifton at Valparaiso City Hall, (219) 462-1161.