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Huntersville 101

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 Move. 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 items.

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.

Program Details

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.

The town is currently planning classes for early 2018. An announcement will be made at the end of 2017 when the application period opens for 2018. 
Click here to download a copy of the application. Applications can be submitted to Christina Schildgen at or by mail at PO Box 664, Huntersville, NC 28070.  


Past Class Schedule:

1 – Introduction and History (February 1, 2017)
2 – Police
3 – Planning and Transportation
4 – Engineering and Public Works
5 – Parks and Recreation
6 – Finance/Q&A with Town Manager
7 – Fire Department
8 – Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics
9 – Economic Development

Each participant is asked to commit to this 9-week schedule to be considered for the class.

Contact Christina Schildgen at or 704-766-2207 for more information about the program.