Puyallup 101: Your Community's Civics

“All of the topics and tours were exceptional. What impressed me the most is how professional, dedicated, and competent every person we met is. The citizens of Puyallup can be proud of their city government making it a great place to live.” – Program participant, 2022

Come Learn About Your Local Government

Have you ever wondered how the City operates? How does it maintain streets and parks? Manage the budget? Make decisions? 

If so, we encourage you to register for this free eight-week civics course! With Puyallup 101, you will gain a strong understanding of the organizational structure and operations of City departments, and how you can become involved and make an impact in this place we call home. Community discussion and input is encouraged. Upon completion of the course, you will join our Puyallup 101 Alumni Program and be notified of boards and commission openings, upcoming community trainings and volunteer opportunities. 

Course Objectives

  • Offer a behind-the-scenes look into how City departments operate and how decisions are made.
  • Foster communication between the City and residents, businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Learn about your Council representatives and their experience and goals in office.
  • Encourage community members to become actively involved in decisions that affect Puyallup’s quality of life.

Participant Eligibility

  • Be a Puyallup resident, business owner, or work in the city.
  • Be 18 years or older (0R 15 with an attending guardian).
  • Must not be running for, or currently serving in, a political office.
  • Must be willing to commit to attending at least six of the eight classes to receive a certificate of completion.
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Please check back in August for Fall dates!

Spring 2023 Class Schedule 

All classes are from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Thursdays, for eight weeks.  Optional networking begins at 5:30 PM.  Snacks will be provided. This course will begin Thursday, April 6th though Thursday, May 25th. The course schedule is below.

Please note that not all classes will be held at City Hall. A majority will be held at other City buildings (e.g., Public Safety Building, Water Treatment Plant), so adequate transportation to these locations is required. All locations have on-site parking.

Class DateClass TopicPresenting Department
04/06Local Government 101 / City FinancesCity Manager's Office / Finance / Mayor
04/13Preparing and RespondingEmergency Management
04/20  Justice within the Community  Municipal Court  
04/27 Keeping our Community Safe
Police Department
05/04   Building and Planning for our City
Development and Permitting Services
05/11  Where Your Water Goes
Water Pollution Control Plant
05/18  Maintaining our CityPublic Works
05/25   Our Community Services / Course GraduationLibrary / Parks & Recreation


Erica Unruh, Community Relations Coordinator