Kinston 101

Kinston 101 has graduated it's first citizen cohort! Congratulations!

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What is Kinston 101?

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

Each week, participants see a different city department through the eyes of its department head. Participants tour the police station, visit city parks, create a mock city budget, see 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 in part fulfills 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."


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

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 9 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

Session  Topic Date Time Location
1 Intro to City Government TBD 530-8pm City Hall
2 Police TBD 530-8pm Police Department
3 City Operations: Finance, HR, and MIS TBD 530-8pm City Hall
4 Public Services I TBD 530-8pm City Hall
5 Public Services II TBD 9am-12pm Tour of Wastewater Treatment Plant
6 Planning, Inspections, and Code Enforcement TBD 530-8pm City Hall
7 Pride of Kinston TBD 530-8pm Kinston Enterprise Center
8 Parks and Recreation TBD 9am-12pm Kinston Community Center
9 Fire & Rescue TBD 530-8pm Fire Station 1
10 The Budget TBD 5-8pm City Hall

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