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QC Citizen Leadership Institute 

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Registration for the Class of 2020 opens August 1, 2019!

Program orientation and kick off class will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

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About the Program

The Queen Creek Citizen Leadership Institute (CLI) is an integral and valuable part of the Queen Creek experience. More than 550+ 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.

2018/2019 Schedule

***Please check back in August 2019 for the class of 2020 schedule.


SESSION 1: Orientation / Meet and Greet
Tuesday, September 4, 6:30-9 p.m. (2.5 hours)
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway.
Learn about the CLI experience, Town history and organizational structure.

SESSION 2: Budget
Tuesday, September 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 hours)
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway.
Gain an understanding of the Town’s budget and how projects are funded.

SESSION 3: Economic Development, Marketing and Communications

Tuesday, October 9, 6:30-9 p.m. (2.5 hours)
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Learn how the Town shared our story with residents, business and visitors.

SESSION 4: Quality of Life
Tuesday, October 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 hours)
QC Library Zane Grey Room, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road
Explore Queen Creek’s parks, arts, library and recreation opportunities.

SESSION 5: Public Works, Infrastructure & Transportation

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 hours)
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, December 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 hours)
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Get a behind-the-scenes look at our planning process to understand how the Town develops and grows.

SESSION 7: Education Panel

Tuesday, February 26, 6:30-9 p.m. (2.5 hours)
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: Utilities / Water Conservation

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 hours)
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
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 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 hours)
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Get a behind-the-scenes experience and tour of Queen Creek’s Fire, Medical and Law Enforcement efforts.

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. 
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
CLI Members will present their group projects during a regular Town Council meeting. 

SESSION 10: Nonprofit & Community Expo

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 hours)
QC Community Chambers, 20727 E. Civic Parkway
Meet local nonprofit leaders and learn how to get involved and make a difference in our community.

Wednesday, May 1, 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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