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Citizen Leadership Institute 

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Registration for the Class of 2018 has closed.

Interested participants may submit their information below to be added to a standby list.

For questions about this program, contact or call 480-358-3198 



About the Program

Since 1995, The Queen Creek Citizen Leadership Institute (CLI) has graduated 500+ participants and continues to be an integral and valuable part of the Queen Creek experience.

This award-winning program designed to:

  • Present information about important questions facing the Town
  • Provide an avenue for residents to help plan the community's future
  • Spark an interest in local issues
  • Develop a pool of informed residents willing to serve as local leaders on boards, commissions and among their neighbors.

In addition to guest speakers, class sessions feature group discussions, activities, field trips and other topic-related exercises. During the course of the leadership program, participants interact with members of the Town Council, Town staff, local business leaders, neighbors and community members. Participants who complete the leadership program are recognized by the Town Council at a graduation ceremony and are typically considered for future committee appointments and leadership opportunities.

In order to graduate, participants are required to complete the following:

  • Attend seven of the 10 class sessions
  • Participate in one volunteer activity 
  • Participate in one class service project
  • Attend one Town Council meeting 
  • Attend one Commission or Committee meeting

By participating in this program, you plan an integral role in the development of your community.

The Citizen Leadership Institute runs annually from September-June. Anyone who lives or works in the Queen Creek area is welcome to attend, however most Town committees require residency in the Town limits in order to qualify for appointment.

2017/2018 Schedule at-a-glance

SESSION 1: Orientation / Meet and Greet
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-9 p.m.
Learn about the CLI experience, Town history and organizational structure

SESSION 2: Budget
Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gain an understanding of the Town’s budget and how projects are funded

SESSION 3: Quality of Life, Parks and Arts
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Explore Queen Creek’s parks, arts and recreation opportunities. 

SESSION 4: Economic Development, Marketing and Communications
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Learn how the Town shares our story with residents, businesses and visitors. 

SESSION 5: Public Works, Infrastructure & Transportation
Wednesday, December 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at our roads, traffic systems, environmental efforts and construction projects. 

SESSION 6: Development Services, Planning and Zoning
Tuesday, January 9, 6:30-9 p.m.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at our planning process to better understand how the Town develops and grows.

SESSION 7: Education Panel
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30-9 p.m.
Learn about the different types of schools in Queen Creek (public, charter, private, etc.) and hear from education experts on the state of education in Queen Creek.

SESSION 8: Water Conservation and Tour of Water Reclamation Plant
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant and learn how water is delivered throughout the Town.

SESSION 9: Public Safety
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30-9 p.m.
Get a behind-the-scenes experience and tour of Queen Creek’s Fire, Medical and Law Enforcement efforts.

SESSION 10: Nonprofit & Community Expo
Tuesday, May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Meet local nonprofit leaders and learn how to get involved and make a difference in our community.

CLASS PROJECT PRESENTATIONS: Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m.
Representatives from the class will present their group projects to the Town Council

GRADUATION! Wednesday, May 16, 6:45 p.m.
Time to celebrate completion of the program with friends and family!

Please complete the registration form below. Registration closes Monday, August 28.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the program by August 31.


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