Kinston 101

The application for Kinston 101 is now closed.

Kinston 101 is a 9 week program that shares information with citizens about the city operations while increasing their capacity to participate in local government. Sessions are Thursday evenings from 530-8pm, with two Saturday morning exceptions.

Each week, participants will see a different city department, ask questions to the department head, and engage in hands-on activities. Participants will tour the police station, visit our city parks, create a mock city budget, present to city council, see the wastewater treatment plant, and more. Kinston 101 is for any resident that is interested in how the city works and how public decisions are made!

Kinston 101 in part fulfills the promise we made to ourselves in the 2015 Plan Kinston strategy to "continuously engage the citizenry to solicit feedback, generate ideas, and garner support for projects, policies, and improvements to Kinston’s quality of life."

Thank you to all the applicants in our first year! Applicants selected for the program will be notified by December 15th

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Citizen Input Survey

Even though applications for this year are closed, we could always use your help! To make Kinston 101 as interesting and accessible as possible, we need feedback. What do you want to know about city government? How would you want Kinston 101 to work? Share your thoughts here to help shape the program!


Kinston 101 aims to:

  • Inform citizens about city operations and opportunities for engagement
  • Invest in a body of citizens interested in future public service
  • Identify further opportunities for transparency and effective communication by city departments
  • Build relationships between citizens and public servants
  • Learn from citizens in Kinston 101


  • Attend the first session 

  • Attend 8 of 9 sessions 

  • Attend a city council meeting during the course of the program 

  • *Preference will be given to residents to Kinston or the ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction)

Community Development Planner

Sarah Arney

Email      Phone: 252-939-3271

Kinston 101 Schedule

Session  Topic Date Time Location
1 Intro to City Government Thurs February 6 530-8pm City Hall
2 Police Thurs February 13 530-8pm Police Department
3 City Operations: Finance, HR, and MIS Thurs February 20 530-8pm City Hall
4 Public Services I Thursday February 27 530-8pm City Hall
  Week off!      
5 Public Services II Sat. March 14 9am-12pm Tour of Wastewater Treatment Plant
6 Economic Development: Planning, Inspections, and Pride of Kinston Thurs March 19 530-8pm City Hall
7 Parks and Recreation Sat. March 28 9am-12pm Tour
8 Fire Thurs, April 2  530-8pm Fire Department
9 The Budget Thurs April 9 5-8pm City Hall
10 Graduation TBD TBD TBD