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Citizen government academy is accepting applications
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For a behind the scenes look at local government, residents are encouraged to participate in the fourth annual Dawson County Citizens Academy.

Dawson County Government and Community Affairs is currently accepting applicants for the Fall 2011 academy, which begins Aug. 30.

The free, 10-week course provides an in-depth look at the diverse activities of Dawson County government.

"Citizens will meet their government in person in this unique series as they gain a better understanding of how government works, who to call with questions, and how each citizen can become involved," said Dawson County Manager Kevin Tanner.

Featured in Georgia Trend magazine, the award-winning program offers sessions on special projects, emergency services, finance, planning and zoning, law enforcement, court systems and many other vital community services.

Classes meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at various locations throughout the community, including the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, fire stations, the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center and the Dawson County Courthouse.

The course will conclude with a graduation ceremony for participants and their families.

"Our first three years were very successful and we received excellent feedback from course completers," said Government and Community Affairs Director Cathy Brooks.

Registration is limited to the first 40 applicants.

For more information, call (706) 344-3501, ext. 255, or e-mail