Different people have different reasons for participating. While our citizens use city services every day, they very rarely see what happens "behind the scenes" or have access to information regarding why and how things happen. The Academy is a great way to find out more about how the City of Harrisonburg is working for you. Additionally, citizens who are considering or who may consider applying for an appointment to one of our many boards and commissions or even a future run for City Council will gain insight into our departments and functions. The City of Harrisonburg encourages all of its citizens to be engaged in the process of government. Oftentimes, the structure of local government is not as clear as we would hope. The Academy offers Harrisonburg residents a chance to take another look at their City.