Municipal Government Citizens' Academy

City of Gastonia Municipal Citizens' Academy

The City of Gastonia sponsors a Municipal Government Citizens' Academy once each year, beginning in January.  Participants will meet two Mondays per month from January through June with each meeting beginning at 6:00 PM. Meetings will be held in a variety of city facilities including Gastonia's City Hall and other locations as the itinerary dictates for each department. 

The Municipal Government Citizens' Academy is an important component of the City’s “Citizens First” philosophy. Its purpose is to provide a forum where participants develop a basic understanding of municipal government, learn the duties of the various city departments, and meet the people behind the scenes that make Gastonia a great place to live, work, and play.

During the 10 sessions of the Academy, various personnel within city government, along with special guests, will cover a variety of subjects ranging from the municipal election process to the inter-workings of the City’s public safety component. Through this experience, participants will gain valuable knowledge of the operations of the City of Gastonia and the importance of their involvement in the governmental process.

The 2024 Academy has been filled and started in January 2024. Applications for participation in the Class of 2025 Municipal Citizens' Academy will be posted later this year.  Should you have any questions about the program, please contact Tyler Davis, Neighborhood Program Administrator, via email ( or by phone at (704) 866-6907.

2023 Gastonia Municipal Citizens Academy Graduates 2020 Gastonia Citizens Academy Grads



Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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Gastonia, NC 28052