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QC Citizen Leadership Institute 

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Registration for the Class of 2020 is NOW CLOSED.
Thank you for your interest.

To add your name to the Class of 2021 interest list, please email Our next program begins September 2020.

About the Program

The Queen Creek Citizen Leadership Institute (CLI) is an integral and valuable part of the Queen Creek resident experience 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. 

During the course of the program, participants interact with members of the Town Council, Town staff, local business leaders, neighbors and community members. Class sessions feature guest speakers, group discussions, leadership training and networking activities. 

Participants who complete the leadership program are recognized by the Queen Creek Town Council at a graduation ceremony; and are considered for future committee appointments and leadership opportunities. The eight-month program runs September-April and is open to anyone who lives or works in the Queen Creek area. Since 1995, more than 625+ participants have completed this civic leadership program. 

To graduate, participants are required to complete the following activities:

  • Attend seven of the 10 class sessions
  • Volunteer at a Town-hosted event or program
  • Participate in the class service project
  • Attend one Town Council meeting 
  • Attend one Town Commission or Committee meeting

By participating in this program, residents learn how local government works, how the Town of Queen Creek makes decisions and prioritizes projects, and how residents can participate in the future planning and growth of our local community.

Class of 2020 Class Topics and Schedule

Session 1 - Orientation / Meet and Greet
Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Learn about the CLI experience, Town history & organizational structure.
Download Class Presentation

Session 2 – Budget and Finance
Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Gain an understanding of the Town’s budget and how projects are funded.
Download Class Presentation

Session 3 - Economic Development, Marketing and Communications
Thursday, October 17, 6:30-9 p.m. (2.5 hours)
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Learn how the Town shares our story with residents, businesses and visitors.
Download Marketing Communications Presentation
Download Economic Development Presentation

Session 4 – Development Services, Planning and Zoning
Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Learn about the Town’s planning process to better understand how the Town develops and grows.
Download Class presentation

Session 5 - Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation
Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road
Get a behind-the-scenes look at our roads, construction projects and environmental initiatives.
Download Class Presentation

Session 6 - Quality of Life / Parks and Recreation
Wednesday, December 11, 6:30-9 p.m. (2.5 hours)
QC Parks and Recreation Annex (east side of Library), 21802 S. Ellsworth Road
Learn about Queen Creek’s parks, arts and recreation opportunities.
Download Class Presentation

Session 7 – Water Services, Wastewater and Conservation
Tuesday, December 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Learn how water is processed, conserved and delivered throughout Queen Creek.
Download Utilities Presentation
Download Water Conservation Presentation

Class Project Planning / Leadership Training Nights
Hear from guest speakers, plan your class project(s) and get to know your classmates.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, January 7
  • Tuesday, January 21
  • Tuesday, February 4
  • Tuesday, February 18

Session 8 – Workforce Development and Education
Thursday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Learn about the various ways Queen Creek is growing the next generation of talent.

Session 9 - Public Safety
Thursday, March 19, 6:30-9 p.m. (2.5 hours)
QC Fire Station #1, 20678 E. Civic Parkway
Go behind-the-scenes with Queen Creek’s Fire, Medical and Law Enforcement departments. 

Session 10 – Civic Leadership and Nonprofit Expo
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Meet local organizations looking for leaders / volunteers to make a difference in our community. 

Graduation and Class Project Presentations!
Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Time to celebrate completion of the program with friends and family!


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