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Apply Now for City's "NET" Community Academy

For Immediate Release
January 9, 2017

Contact: Danielle Sanderson
City Manager's Office
(650) 726-8281

Apply Now to Participate in Half Moon Bay "NET" Program
Community Academy Offers Opportunity to Network, Engage, Transform

HALF MOON BAY, CA - Applications are now available for the spring, 2017 session of Half Moon Bay's annual community engagement program, Half Moon Bay NET (Network - Engage - Transform). The deadline to submit an application is 5 pm, February 6, 2017. Applications are available online at www.hmbcity.com/net, from City Hall at 501 Main Street, or by calling (650) 726-8270. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants, who will be randomly selected from all applicants. This program is free.
 
This four-session community academy provides an overview of the management and governance of Half Moon Bay and its programs, while helping to build relationships that will strengthen our entire community. NET will take place each Wednesday evening, March 1 through March 22, from 6 - 9 pm. At each session, participants will take part in interesting and fun activities illustrating how the City's various operations function, meet and talk with City staff and City Council members, and meet other community members who are also interested in being more engaged with the City.
 
It's a great opportunity to get an "insider's" view of the City, become more knowledgeable about how the City works, and help to build and strengthen the bonds and relationships that make a great community.
 
"The more people know about and are involved with the City, the better it is for everyone who lives here. This program will help form a deeper partnership with the community so we can better address issues together," said Half Moon Bay City Manager Magda González. "People from throughout the City are encouraged to apply, and join with friends, neighbors, and new acquaintances in this community engagement program." In addition to the annual spring program in English, the City coordinates a Spanish-language NET program each fall.
 
The objectives of NET are to involve and engage people in learning about and understanding the operation of City government, and to improve communication between the City and those who live and work here. Participants will learn about how decisions are made, how City funds are allocated, and how City departments operate with each other, and get an opportunity to sit down with City Council members for frank discussions of issues, projects, politics, and plans for shaping the future of our community.
 
Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City's website is www.hmbcity.com.

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