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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

PACT Helps to Build a Great Community Together! Applications Now Available for Redwood City's "Partnership Academy for Community Teamwork"

Redwood City, CA - July 8, 2003 - The City of Redwood City announces that applications are now available for the Fall, 2003 session of PACT (Partnership Academy for Community Teamwork). The deadline to submit an application is 5:00 pm, August 15, 2003. Applications are available from the City Manager's office, located in City Hall at 1017 Middlefield Road, or by calling 650-780-7300. The application can also be downloaded and emailed from www.redwoodcity.org/pact. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, who must be 18 years of age or older.

This nine-week citizens' academy will provide participants with a hands-on overview of the management and governance of Redwood City, while helping to build relationships that will strengthen our entire community. The Fall 2003 program takes place each Tuesday from September 9th through November 11 (excluding November 4) and engages in dynamic and interesting activities illustrating how the City functions, covering subjects from Public Works to the Police Department, from the City Council to Finance, from the Fire Department to the Library, and more. This is a great opportunity for interested community members to get an insider's view of where the City is going, become experts on how the City operates, and help to build a great community, together.

The objectives of PACT are to involve and engage people in learning about and understanding the operation of City government, and to improve communication between the City and those that live and work here in order to strengthen and enhance the entire community. Participants will learn how decisions are made, how City funds are allocated, and how City departments operate with each other, and get an opportunity to sit down with City Council members for frank discussions of issues, projects, politics, and plans for shaping the future of our community.

"It's important for people to know about and be involved in City government, and to bring a true partnership to how we address community issues," said Redwood City Mayor Richard Claire. "We want a wide variety of people from all across Redwood City involved in PACT. This is one key way of building a great community together."

Visit Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

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Contact: Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager
(650) 780-7305



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