One of the most rewarding aspects of the Academy is exchanging viewpoints, in small groups, with their fellow residents. From left, Council member Gerri Harbison, Michiko Kissinger, and Mike Karbowski discuss why they engage in the community.

The Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy (MCLA) will begin its new season with a session entitled “We are Montgomery!” on January 10.  Boasting a full class for the twelfth year in a row, the 2019 Academy has an enthusiastic group of participants. This year’s MCLA will again include residents, business and community group representatives located in the community.

Based on participant evaluations over the last several years, the Academy has been redesigned to enable more time for group and one-on-one interaction. However, the purpose of the Academy remains the same, to encourage residents to go beyond the surface and experience firsthand the innermost workings of community operations. MCLA provides residents with the opportunity to realize a dimension few will ever see. Participation in the Academy is designed to help transform residents into actively engaged citizens.

Although registration is closed for this year, we are recruiting residents, business, and community group representatives to enroll for MCLA 2020. If you are interested, contact Ray Kingsbury, director of citizen engagement at 513-792-8359, or email to  More information can also be found here.

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