Civics 101


Civics 101 is a ten-week citizens' academy designed to educate, inform, and entertain residents interested in learning more about our municipal government.  The class runs annually February through April.

The free program, which is celebrating its 14th anniversary this year, is open to Davidson residents and residents of Davidson’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) who are 18 and older. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss departmental functions and operations with town department heads, tour the fire and police departments, learn about town history, and take part in a personalized question and answer session with the Board of Commissioners.  Regardless of how long you have lived in Davidson, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the town government, meet elected officials, town staff and other residents.
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Classes begin at town hall on Thursday, February 6, 2020 and continue through some of April, meeting each Thursday. Participants can elect to sign up for a day session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or an evening session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Classes also include a Saturday field trip and graduation ceremony at the April board of commissioners’ regular meeting on April 21. 

Participants should not expect nine weeks of lectures. Classes will require participation in discussion and activities. Acceptance into the program is on a first come, first serve basis and only 25 participants will be able to participate in each class. Residents selected must commit to attending all classes.

Applying for Civics 101

Applications will be available November 1, 2019 so check back then please!
For more information about the program, please email Wendy Matthews or call her at 704-940-9608.
For the Civics 101 application, click HERE.  (For a PDF version to download and print, click CIVICS101.)

2020 TENTATIVE Class Schedule

  • Daytime class meets 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Evening class meets 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
  • Session 1 – Welcome, Communications, and Town History
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Session 2 – Town Manager and Assistant Town Manager
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • Session 3 – Finance 
    Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, February 27, 2020
  • Session 4 - Planning and Economic Development
    Location: Davidson Town Hall 
Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Session 5 –Parks and Recreation and Public Works
    Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Session 6 – Police Department
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • Session 7- Fire Department
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Session 8- Affordable Housing, Special Projects, Q & A with Town Manager
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Thursday, April 2, 2020
  • Session 9- Meet the Board of Commissioners
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
  • Recognition at Davidson Board of Commissioners meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Davidson Town Hall