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Registration Now Open for the City’s First-Ever Neighborhood Leadership Academy 2017

Residents of Las Cruces will have a unique opportunity to gain first-hand information about City services and programs through interactive presentations offered for free during a series of courses known as the Neighborhood Leadership Academy. The academy is an initiative by the City Council and City Manager Stuart C. Ed that is focused on providing more experiences for Las Crucens for greater engagement with their City government.

“We’re really pleased to have the opportunity to offer this program to our residents,” Ed said. “Members of our City Council have made community outreach a priority through the City’s Strategic Plan that they approved in July and we’re eager to get started with the City’s first-ever academy.”

Anyone who lives in the city limits and is 18-years of age is eligible to apply to the academy. Applications are available on the City’s website at, or by stopping by at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., at the main reception desk or at the Office of the City Manager.

“The academy will be available in two 15-week sessions a year, once in the fall and once in spring,” said Jamey Rickman, academy organizer and facilitator. Rickman serves as the City’s Council and Constituent Services coordinator. “The classes are designed to be informative and interactive so participants will have a meaningful experience. The goal is to help our residents become neighborhood advocates and have solid understanding about how they can be involved with the City on issues that matter most to them,” Rickman said.

The Academy is free but space is limited to the first 35 people who enroll. Participants must be 18 years or older, must live within the city limits of Las Cruces, and must complete the application process. Participants who successfully finish the program will receive a certificate of completion at the time of graduation. The first class begins on September 6, 2017 and will end on December 13, 2017 with graduation. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings at different facilities through the community.

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) is part of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan adopted by the City Council in July 2017. The mission of NLA is to provide improved knowledge of City government to residents so they can become effective neighborhood advocates and community leaders. Through weekly workshops of presentations and scheduled field trips, participants receive first-hand information about government operations, the scope of services and programs offered by the City and the appropriate way to bring about change within their neighborhoods.

This program is designed to:

  • Be informative, interactive and engaging to provide a positive experience for residents,
  • Help community members better understand how their City government operates and how they can work with their City government to preserve and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods, and
  • Provide additional opportunity for City staff and residents to coordinate.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. Anyone who has questions or needs assistance should contact Jamey Rickman through email at or by phone at 575/541-2192.