Kinston 101

What is Kinston 101?

Kinston 101 is a 10 week program that shares information with citizens about city operations while increasing their capacity to participate in local government.

Each week, participants learn about a new city department from its Director. Participants visit city parks, create a mock city budget, tour the wastewater treatment plant, and more! Kinston 101 is for any resident interested in how the city works and how public decisions are made!


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

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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 is held either Thursday evenings from 530-8pm or Saturday morning from 9am-12pm, depending on the activity planned. To participate, you must:

  1. Attend the first session 

  2. Attend 8 of 10 sessions 

  3. Attend a city council meeting during the course of the program 

*Preference will be given to residents of Kinston or the ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction), but anyone may apply!

Community Development Planner

Sarah Arney

Email      Phone: 252-939-3271

Kinston 101 General Schedule - Fall

Session  Topic Date Time Location
1 Intro to City Government Th. Sept 9th 530-8pm City Hall
2 Fire & Rescue Th, Sept 16th 530-8pm Fire Station 1
3 City Operations: Finance, HR, and MIS Th. Sept 23rd  530-8pm City Hall
4 Public Services I Th. Sept 30th 530-8pm City Hall
5 Public Services II Sat. Oct 9th 9am-12pm Tour of Wastewater Treatment Plant
6 Downtown Kinston Revitalization Th. Oct. 14th 530-8pm TBD
7 Parks and Recreation Sat. Oct 23rd 9am-12pm Kinston Community Center
8 Planning, Inspections, and Code Enforcement Th. Oct 28th 530-8pm City Hall
9 Police Th. Nov 4th 530-8pm Police Department
10 The Budget Th Nov 18th or Sat Nov 20th TBC 5-8pm TBD