Citizen Leadership Institute

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Citizen Leadership Institute 

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The Class of 2018 is underway! No additional registrations will be accepted. To be added to the Class of 2019 interest list, please send your name to 

About the Program

The Queen Creek Citizen Leadership Institute (CLI) is an integral and valuable part of the Queen Creek experience. More than 500+ participants have completed the program since our first class in 1995. 

This award-winning program is designed to:

  • Spark an interest in local issues
  • Provide an avenue for residents to help plan the community's future
  • Present information about important questions facing the Town
  • 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 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, residents learn how their local government works, how the Town makes decisions, how the Town prioritizes projects and how residents can participate in the future growth of our hometown community.

The QC Citizen Leadership Institute (CLI) 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

SESSION 1: Orientation / Meet and Greet
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-9 p.m.
QC Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
Learn about the CLI experience, Town history and organizational structure.

Organizational Structure and Town Manager Presentation

SESSION 2: Budget
Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
Gain an understanding of the Town’s budget and how projects are funded.

Budget and Finance Presentation

SESSION 3: Quality of Life, Parks and Arts
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Parks and Recreation Annex (East side of Library), 21802 S. Ellsworth Road
Explore Queen Creek’s parks, arts and recreation opportunities. 

Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre Presentation
Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update
Parks and Recreation Classes and Partnerships
Mansel Carter Park Presentation

SESSION 4: Economic Development, Marketing and Communications
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Learn how the Town shares our story with residents, businesses and visitors. 

Communications, Marketing and Outreach
Economic Development

SESSION 5: Public Works, Infrastructure & Transportation
Tuesday, December 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
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.
QC Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
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 13, 6:30-9 p.m.
Queen Creek Unified School District, 20217 E. Chandler Heights Road
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.
Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant (Germann and Queen Creek Roads, Gilbert)
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant and learn how water and wastewater is delivered throughout the Town.

SESSION 9: Public Safety
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30-9 p.m.
QC Fire Station #411, 20678 E. Civic Parkway
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.
QC Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
Meet local nonprofit leaders and learn how to get involved and make a difference in our community.


Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Representatives from the class will present their group projects to the Town Council

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Wednesday, May 16, 6:45 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Time to celebrate completion of the program with friends and family!


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