Amarillo 101


The fall session of Amarillo 101 – the City of Amarillo’s Citizens Academy – begins Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. This program offers general insight into municipal government, its services, and history.

In addition to classroom settings, Amarillo 101 features tours of several City departments as well as three field days. One field day is at the City’s Service Center where participants have a chance to operate a variety of heavy equipment used on a daily basis throughout the City. A second field day will highlight the City’s Water Treatment and Distribution operations. The final field day will take place at the Fire Training Center, where various public safety and airport equipment is available for demonstration and operation.

By the end of the program, participants will have gained a new appreciation for their City, the complexity of the City’s operations, and the multitude of services the City provides its citizens. Amarillo 101 consists of eight sessions, which will begin Thursday, Sept. 7, and will culminate with a graduation and recognition ceremony during the Amarillo City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.


  • Thursday classes are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday field days are from 8 a.m. to Noon.
  • Participants should attend ALL sessions to participate in graduation and recognition.
  • Participants should expect to complete surveys following each session.

Please see the schedule below for more information, or contact the Public Communications and Community Engagement office at (806) 378-5219 or [email protected].


Session #1: Thursday, Sept. 7, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Orientation: The City of Amarillo Overview

City Hall, 509 S.E. 7th Ave., Room 306

The City’s senior management team will give a general overview of how our City government functions. Highlights include:

  • Welcome – Course Overview
  • History
  • City Charter
  • City Council
  • Organizational Structure
  • Open Meetings
  • Public Information Act

Session #2: Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 a.m. to Noon

Amarillo at Work

Service Center, 800 S.E. 23rd Ave.

During this first of three Saturday field days, there is an overview the City’s Public Works division and Transit Operations. After an orientation of the City’s daily field operations and a short tour, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Observe City equipment and vehicles
  • Drive and operate a solid waste truck, drive a transit bus, operate a knuckle-boom truck and operate a backhoe – put your skills to the test with the soccer ball challenge!

Session #3: Thursday, Sept. 21, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Your Money at Work

Amarillo Emergency Operations Center – 808 S. Buchanan

From picking up your trash to delivering water to your home to providing public safety services and community needs – the City of Amarillo is one of the largest businesses in the Texas Panhandle. In this session, participants will learn how City funds are generated, managed, spent and why.

  • Budget & Operations
    • General Fund Operations
    • Enterprise Fund Operations: Utilities, Airport, Fleet, Drainage Utility
  • Tour: Emergency Operations Center & Amarillo Emergency Communications Center

Session #4: Thursday, Sept. 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Amarillo as a Growing City

Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport

10801 Airport Blvd., Air Terminal Building, Kritser Conference Room

Amarillo is experiencing growth in a variety of manners, including new subdivisions and new municipal facilities. Following a tour of the airport and presentation, participants will learn how the Comprehensive Plan guides Amarillo’s current and future growth. Managing the “built environment” is the responsibility of the Building Safety Department.

  • Tour and Overview: Airport
  • Planning
  • Building Safety

Session #5: Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 a.m. to Noon

Amarillo at Your Service

Osage Water Treatment Plant, 3701 S. Osage

Every Drop Counts. The process of bringing water to Amarillo and making it safe for your family is complex. Participants will follow that process during a tour of the Osage Water Treatment Plant.

  • Utilities Division Overview
    • Water Production
    • Surface Water Treatment
    • Water Transmission
    • Every Drop Counts
  • Tour
  • Displays

Session #6: Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Amarillo as a Place for Fun, Recreation and Learning

Downtown Library, Harrington Regional Library Consortium, 413 E. 4th

In addition to providing the crucial day-to-day services it takes to run a City, there is time for some fun and games – and learning, too! This session, which will include a tour of the Downtown Library, will focus on the Amarillo Parks and Recreation Division, the opportunities afforded at the City’s various event venues and the wealth of educational opportunities provided by the City’s library system.

  • Civic Center: Hockey, Football, Concerts, Resident Companies, Events
  • Parks & Recreation: Zoo, Golf, Tennis, Recreation Programs, Swimming Pools/Splash Pads, Parks
  • Library: Overview of five locations plus online services and tour
  • Advisory Board Overview
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Final Q&A

Session #7: Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Caring for the Community

Simms Municipal Building, 808 S. Buchanan, Training Room 275

This class provides an overview of how the City makes a difference in the safety and quality of life in our neighborhoods, for our children, and for the most vulnerable of our citizens. Presentations will include:

  • Public Health
  • Animal Management & Welfare
  • Environmental Health
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program
  • Community Development

Session #8: Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m. to Noon

Amarillo as a Safe Community

Fire Training Center at Amarillo Airport, 12400 N.E. 8th Ave.12400 NE 8th Ave12400 NE 8th Ave12400 NE 8th Ave

Participants will be briefed on Amarillo’s Police and Fire departments. Other demonstrations and hands-on activities include:

  • Airport snow plows (largest plows in the area)
  • Fire equipment and capability demonstrations
  • Airport rescue and fire fighting truck
  • Police equipment and capability

Graduation and Recognition: Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m.

City Hall, Council Chambers, 509 S.E. 7th Ave.

  • City Council Meeting