Greene County hosts Citizen Academy Program

(Ruckersville, VA – January 16, 2024)  With assistance from the Ruckersville Advisory Committee (, the Greene County Department of Planning and Zoning is starting its first Citizen Academy with the new year. The first program will be on February 8, 2024, at the Greene County Administration Building, 40 Celt Road, Stanardsville, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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The Citizen Academy was constructed based on a recommendation of the Ruckersville Area Plan to engage residents and businesses to learn more about our local government, local zoning, and leadership functions.

The Citizen Academy is a free program for residents interested in learning more about local government.  The program will provide an interactive experience for participants, covering various local government functions ranging from fire and rescue, libraries, animal care, public works, and much more! 

The academy’s first topic will be Introduction to County Government in Virginia.  Participants will be given an overview of Greene’s government structure. Plus, elected officials will be there to introduce themselves and their role within the County.

Jim Frydl, Director of Planning, stated, “County Staff is extremely excited to host the Citizen Academy with the assistance of the Ruckersville Advisory Committee. The citizens have expressed great interest in learning their local county departments' scope, authority, and limitations of their local county departments to understand upcoming issues and volunteer opportunities.”

Gwen Baker, Chair of the Ruckersville Advisor Committee, stated, “The RAC would like to thank Jim Frydl and Stephanie Golon for giving us the opportunity to assist in this project. Knowledge of how our county works is a vital asset for our citizens.”

Additional course topics throughout 2024 include Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, and Education.  Sessions will be held in the Board meeting room and recorded to be viewed later—more information will come on each session's dates.

For updates or more information on the Citizen Academy, please visit the Greene County Planning and Zoning website at

County of Greene

Greene County VirginiaGreene County is a county in central Virginia in the eastern United States. Greene County was established in 1838. Its county seat is Stanardsville.

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