County Government 101 Experience

New session, Building Cabarrus, announced for May 8, 2015 

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Want to learn more about the functions of local government?

Interested in seeing what happens behind the scenes?

Exciting format

Cabarrus County Government 101 has undergone a transformation. Residents can now go beyond the books and experience aspects of County government. This is the only class of it's kind in North Carolina.Gov101Group4 3-14.jpg

Government 101 is a one-day session on one area of focus. This is a change from the previous 10-week course that touched briefly on many aspects of government. Because you won't need to commit to a series--residents can sign up for the sessions that fit their interest and schedule, individually.

Not your typical Government 101 course

What's different about the new session? You'll hit the highlights in class, then participants take a hands-on journey to explore the area of focus. Each course will include demonstrations, operational exercises and tours.

The Government 101 Experience can include moderate physical activity, like walking and standing for more than 15 minutes at a time.

Who can apply?

The County Government 101 Experience series is open to any Cabarrus County resident, ages 18 and older. If you participated in a previous County Goverment 101 course you may also participate in the newly revised course; it is not the same information.

We encourage local businesses, community organizations, neighborhood leaders and residents with an interest in learning about the area of focus to register. It's a free and fun way to engage in the work of local government.

Class size is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required. Lunch is provided to participants.

In accordance with ADA regulations, anyone in need of an accommodation to participate in the meeting should notify the ADA Coordinator at 704-920-2100 at least 48 hours prior to the program.

Upon completion

Residents who complete a Cabarrus County Government 101 Experience session will receive recognition before the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, a certificate and a take-home packet related to the area of focus.

For more information

Want to learn more about the Cabarrus County Government 101 Experience series? Email or call 704-920-2336.


Upcoming classes 

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The Cabarrus Goverment 101 Experience: Building Cabarrus

Friday, May 8
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Registration deadline -- May 1

Building Cabarrus class explores:
  • Planning
  • Zoning
  • Construction

Through interactive activities, presentations and demonstrations, you'll get answers to the following:

  • Building a home? Learn what code enforcers find (or don’t find) and how they help homeowners.
  • Do you know the County funds the construction of schools? Learn what goes into site selection of schools and government buildings.
  • Discover why there are so many processes for permitting and construction.
  • What is the sure sign development is proposed next to your residence? How can you get involved?
  • Learn how to take the guesswork out of determining what needs a permit. (Chances are, it’s necessary.)
  • Find out how you can serve on County boards and commissions that make an impact on planning, zoning and building.

For more information or to register, visit the event registration page,  call 704-920-2336 or email Registration deadline is May 1. Class size limited to first 20 registrants.

Can't make this class? We're already working to plan our next session. Stay tuned for information or ask staff to place you on our Government 101 mailing list