Nashua City Academy

Nashua City Academy is a free 13-week course that gives 50 participants the opportunity to learn from leaders of the various departments and divisions of City of Nashua government about how the city’s government and services operate. The academy focuses on a different aspect of City government each week, covering everything from the operations of the Division of Public Works and Nashua Police Department to how the City crafts a budget.


Registration for the Spring 2018 session of City Academy is now CLOSED

2018 City Academy Course Schedule

The Academy will meet weekly on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Nashua City Hall Auditorium, beginning on March 5th and ending with a graduation ceremony on June 4th.

2018 Course Schedule (PDF)

Community Feedback

"I would like to thank and congratulate the participants for dedicating their time, and for their interest in and enthusiasm for the detailed workings of our city government. I was pleased to see this course develop and witness the involvement of everyone who attended. It is very important for Nashua that citizens from all walks of life get involved in our community. I am also grateful to the division directors, their staffs, and both the Fire and Police Chiefs and personnel who made this course possible."

—  Jim Donchess
Mayor of Nashua

“The Nashua City Academy has provided me with a deeper understanding of how the various departments in our city operate and collaborate, as well as the challenges they face providing the growing public services needed within a capped budget. It’s encouraging to know that there are a lot of talented people working at City Hall and to see some of the initiatives they are working on that will improve our city.”

—  Kyle Schneck
City Academy Graduate

"Having lived in and around Nashua for about 20 years, I thought I knew a thing or two about how our city functions. Nashua City Academy has really opened my eyes up to so many more aspects of our civic and governmental machinations. I have been absolutely astounded at the depth of expertise to be found within our city government, whether it be police, the library, emergency management, public health, or whatever, in each department it seems like we have some amazing and very real experts. I was also very pleasantly surprised at the length of tenure for many of our city professionals. Even though many of them could earn more in the private sector, there is a real commitment to serving the city, and we are much stronger for it. Overall, City Academy gave me a much better appreciation for just what we have for people running our city and how much better they make our lives."

—  Mike Apfelberg
President of the United Way of Greater Nashua
City Academy Graduate