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Cobb 101 Citizens Government Academy

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Cobb County staff is excited to announce the 2019 Cobb 101 Citizens Government Academy. This academy is a ten-week course designed to provide an in-depth look at the many functions of county government. It will be held at various government buildings throughout Cobb County, allowing participants to fully experience all Cobb has to offer. Participants are allow to miss only one class during the 10-week course.

The 2019 class will be limited to 30 participants, who must be 18 years old and Cobb residents or business owners. Those who are running for office are ineligible to participate.

Thank you for your interest in attending Cobb 101. The application deadline has past. Look for the next course coming in 2020.

Participant Resources

Download course schedule (The schedule/locations are subject to change)

Updated information coming in 2019!

  • GA Legislation Information

PowerPoint Presentations

Week 1

  • Intro
  • Communications

Week 2

  • Elections
  • Extension
  • Library
  • Senior Services

Week 3

  • Public Safety: Courts and Sheriff

Week 4

  • Public Safety

Week 5

  • Department of Transportation

Week 6

  • Support Services

Week 7

  • Water System

Week 8

  • Community Development

Week 9

  • Finance

The Citizens Government Academy is a ten-week program designed to:

  • Give residents an opportunity to learn how to access their government
  • Familiarize residents with government services, functions and activities in Cobb County
  • Help residents gain a better understanding about how to become involved in local government
  • Enhance residents’ ability to communicate effectively with local officials

Program details:

Through a combination of presentations and hands-on projects, participants will learn about vital community services including emergency services, law enforcement, planning, zoning, finance, court systems, public works, special projects, parks and recreation. Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to connect with their local officials and county staff who provide these services. Weekly instructors will vary depending upon the county service or department being covered that week.

The program is structured around six strategic commitments:

  • Informed and engaged community
  • Financial health and economic prosperity
  • Healthy, livable and sustainable Cobb County
  • Transportation, mobility and connectivity
  • Safe and prepared community
  • Accountable and responsive government

Participants will gain a better understanding of:

  • The relationships between residents, the county manager and Board of Commissioners and governmental departments
  • The process of deciding why and how government projects are implemented and services are provided
  • The ways various projects support county manager and Board of Commissioners’ goals and objectives
  • The budgeting process
  • Roles and functions of county departments

Video: Hear from previous Cobb 101 participants

Program Schedule

Date Course Overview Location
February 28 Introduction to Cobb County Leaders, Municipalities, Cobb Delegation, Legislative Update & Communications BOC Meeting Room & Learning Center
100 Cherokee St., 2nd Floor
Marietta, GA 30090
March 7 Public Services Agency - P.A.R.K.S., Library System, Senior Services, Elections & Registration, Extension Services, Govt. Service Centers Sewell Mill Library & Cultural Center
2051 Lower Roswell Rd.
Marietta, GA 30068
March 14 Public Safety - Sheriff's Office & Courts Jury Assembly Room, Superior Court
70 Haynes St.
Marietta, GA 30090
March 21 Public Safety Agency - DPS Administration, Police, Fire, 911, EMA, Safety Village, and Animal Services Public Safety Training Center
2109 Valor Dr.
Marietta, GA 30008
March 28 Department of Transportation - Tour DOT Squad Room
1890 County Services Pkwy.
Marietta, GA 30008
April 4 Spring Break Social Gathering (optional) The Loft
120 S. Park Sq.
Marietta, GA 30060
April 11 Support Services Agency - Property Management, Information Services, Fleet, Purchasing, GIS Emergency Management Agency
140 N. Marietta Pkwy NE
Marietta, GA 30060
April 18 Water System - Tour R.L. Sutton Water Reclamation Facility
5175 S. Atlanta Rd.
Smyrna, GA 30080
April 25 Community Development - Business License, Zoning, Planning, Economic Development, Development & Inspections, Code Enforcement, and Erosion Senior Service Dinner Theatre
1150 Powder Springs St.
Marietta, GA 30064
May 2 Finance, Tax Commissioner, Tax Assessor Civic Center
548 S. Marietta Pkwy. SE
Marietta, GA 30060
May 9 Graduation Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre
117 N. Park Sq.
Marietta GA 30060

All sessions begin promptly at 6:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM.

How do I participate?

You can complete the online Citizens Government Academy 2019 Application (no longer available).

The application deadline is Sept. 28, 2018


Contact the Cobb 101 team at [email protected] or (770) 528-1187 for more information.