Puyallup 101: Your Community's Civics

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. Puyallup 101: Your Community’s Civics will provide insight into the workings of the City. You’ll gain a strong understanding of the organizational structure and operations of City departments, and you’ll also learn how you can become involved and make an impact in this place we call home.

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.
  • Encourage community members to become involved in decisions that affect Puyallup’s quality of life.

Course Feedback

  • “Every topic was my favorite. Very informative and helpful in understanding how the City runs.”
  • “The sessions were interesting and engaging, allowing for questions and discussion. I have enjoyed both the class and tour times.”
  • “This has been an eye-opening course. Glad to learn about how the City is ran and how it contributes to the well-being of its residents.”
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Participant Eligibility

  • Must be a City of Puyallup resident or business owner, or work in the city. All participants must be 18 years or older.
  • 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 in order to graduate at the end of the course.

Fall 2020 Session (Virtual):

August 27th - October 15th

          Registration Now Closed


Contact Erica Unruh at 253-864-4184

Virtual Puyallup 101 Fall 2020 Class Schedule 

All classes are from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Thursdays. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this session of Puyallup 101 will occur remotely. All classes will be conducted via the Zoom platform.

Date      Topic of Class

8/27      Orientation; Public Works (video tour included)

9/03      Finance: Where Does the Money Go? 2020/21 Budget & COVID-19 Impacts

9/10      Emergency Management

9/17      Water Pollution Control Plant (video tour included)

9/24      Development & Permitting Services

10/01    Police Department (video tour included)

10/08    Parks & Recreation / Puyallup Public Library

10/15    City Council, City Manager’s Office, Community Involvement + Graduation Ceremony