Kinston 101

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Kinston 101 is a 9 week educational program created to share information with citizens about the city’s inner workings and services, while increasing their capacity to participate in local government. 

Sessions will include presentations from leaders in every major department as well as site visits to the police department, fire station, city parks, wastewater treatment plant, and more.

Kinston 101 in part fulfills the promise we made to ourselves in the 2015 Plan Kinston strategy to "continuously engage the citizenry to solicit feedback, generate ideas, and garner support for projects, policies, and improvements to Kinston’s quality of life."

Apply at the link in the title or at to join us!

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Citizen Input Survey

To make Kinston 101 as interesting and accessible as possible, we need citizen feedback. What do you want to know about city government? What day of the week could you attend? Would you prefer food? Share your thoughts here to help shape the program!


Kinston 101 aims to:

  • Inform citizens about city operations and opportunities for engagement
  • Invest in a body of citizens interested in future public service
  • Identify further opportunities for transparency and effective communication by city departments
  • Build relationships between citizens and public servants
  • Learn from citizens in Kinston 101


  • Attend the first session 

  • Attend 8 of 9 sessions 

  • Attend a city council meeting during the course of the program 

  • *Preference will be given to residents to Kinston or the ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction)

Community Development Planner

Sarah Arney

Email      Phone: 252-939-3271

Kinston 101 Schedule

Session  Topic Date/Time Location
1 Intro to City Government early February TBD City Hall
2 Police TBD Police Department
3 City Operations: Finance, HR, and MIS TBD City Hall
4 Public Services I TBD TBD
5 Public Services II TBD Tour
6 Economic Development: Planning, Inspections, and Pride of Kinston TBD City Hall
7 Parks and Recreation TBD Tour
8 Fire TBD Fire Department
9 The Budget Mid-April TBD City Hall
10 Graduation TBD TBD

Schedule looks empty? Give your feedback here and help set the dates!

Applications will be available starting October 1st