In 2011, the Town of Huntersville offered its first ever Huntersville 101 class, offering 18
residents the chance to learn first-hand about the Town of Huntersville, the services
it provides and its governmental processes.
April 2014 was the first time AM and PM sessions were offered and this is likely to
continue going forward based on interest received. To date, the Town has seen
over 100 residents sign up for and participate in Huntersville 101. Huntersville
101 participants receive a detailed snapshot of the Town, its staff and major projects
that are underway. Each weekly session focuses on a different department or area
of town government, including: town history, administration, finance and budget,
planning, transportation, engineering & public works, police, fire, parks &
recreation and Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics.
Huntersville has been one of the fastest growing communities in North Carolina over the
past decade and many of Huntersville’s residents have moved here from other parts
of the country. In fact, Forbes
Magazine identified the Town of Huntersville
ranked second in their 2009 look at America’s Best Places to
. Because services the Town provides and levels of service are likely
different than where many of our residents moved from, this program offers a unique
opportunity for the Town to engage local residents already interested in the Town about
the services and programs provided and where the lines between town and county services
exist. It also gives a brief snapshot of how local government operates in the
context of the state and federal government for funding transportation and other
The Town has regular openings for appointed boards and committees and a program like
this gives prospective applicants a head start on the learning curve that comes with
such appointments. Several residents who completed the Huntersville 101 have
successfully applied and been appointed to town advisory boards like the Parks &
Recreation Commission, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Participants are also encouraged to share the knowledge they receive from the program
with their neighbors and businesses.
Huntersville 101 is open to Huntersville residents and
space is limited to approximately 20 participants in a morning class and 20
participants in an evening class. If needed, a selection process will be used to
balance the class. There is no cost.