Civic Engagement &


….ways Lexington can offer more work and volunteer opportunities to residents later in life.

Census 2020

Applications now open for Citizens’ Environmental Academy

The City of Lexington is seeking environmental “super citizens.” Are you interested in learning the ins and outs of recycling? Want to know more about wastewater treatment? If you have burning questions about how to improve Lexington’s environment and are looking for the chance to make a difference, the Citizens’ Environmental Academy (CEA) might be just the thing for you. Applications are currently being accepted for the program’s fourth class.

The year-long program, presented by Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works, is designed to engage Fayette County residents in environmental issues related to the department’s work.

For the first half of the academy, participants meet one Saturday a month for talks, tours and hands-on activities. Session sites include the Lexington Recycle Center, Town Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Senior Center and McConnell Springs. The program then shifts gears and participants carry out group projects related to what they’ve learned in the academy, developed in partnership with city staff. Each participant is allowed up to $2,000 to contribute toward their chosen project. Projects are selected by class vote and must be approved, along with a budget, by the city.

“My CEA experience was invaluable,” says current participant Eve Wallingford. “Not only did I learn more about the services and work Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government does, but I also met a diverse group of Lexington residents that have become friends. If you are interested in learning how to contribute more to our community’s sustainability, impact, and overall well-being, you should apply!”

For additional information, including the academy schedule and application, visit Applications are due March 31, and the new class will begin on June 13.

Through the Employee Refund Application, the Division of Revenue allows an exemption from the first $3,000 of income tax for individuals who are over the age of 65.

    Income Tax Revenue Exemption

Lexington has 80 Mayor-appointed boards and commissions that provide engagement opportunities regarding matters that affect quality of life for Fayette County residents. A few examples include the Commission for People with Disabilities, Environmental
Commission, Human Rights Commission and the Housing Authority Board.

Boards and Commissions

Neighborhood Youth Council (NYC) empowers youth to take leadership and service roles in their community. The mission is to Create, Advocate, Service, and Educate the community; through community development
projects, promoting creativity, safe spaces, and raising awareness of social justice issues. NYC works closely with other local youth organizations, neighborhood associations, and city government to increase the availability of positive programming for youth in the city. 

    Neighborhood Youth                      Council

On the Table is a one-day opportunity to
gather around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues and maybe even a few people meeting for the first time to have a real conversation about what is important to Lexington.

    On the Table

The Lexington Citizens Fire Academy is a dynamic 10-week program designed to
provide participants with an inside view of the organization and operations of the Lexington Fire Department.

     Citizens Fire Academy

Leadership Lexington is a
leadership development program administered by Commerce
Lexington and directed toward individuals who demonstrate
leadership qualities. The program gives participants the
opportunity to better understand our city and to prepare for the challenges it faces by meeting with and learning from today’s leaders. Leadership Lexington is an educational opportunity that broadens perspectives and allows participants to gain increased understanding of community dynamics and public issues. The makeup of each year’s class is intended to reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of our city. Residents and individuals who work in the Lexington area are eligible to apply for Leadership
Lexington. Applicants must be employed by firms or organizations that are active members of Commerce Lexington.

    Leadership Lexington

The Lexington Citizens Police Academy is a dynamic 10-week program designed to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. This program is comprehensive, covering a different area of the department each week.

    Citizens Police Academy

Created in 2017, One Lexington strives to coordinate, leverage and mobilize City Government and community resources to enhance safety and quality of life in
neighborhoods experiencing violent crimes in order to inspire a generation of youth to see a positive future for themselves.

        One Lexington

The iKnowExpo® is a free event for people of all ages and life stages: living out their golden years; taking care of someone they love; coping with difficult health situations or simply smart enough to know it’s never too early to start planning for the future.  The i know expo will empower us with
information about the services, resources and support available to make the rest of life the best of life.


Fayette Alliance is a coalition of citizens
dedicated to achieving sustainable growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land-use advocacy, education, and research. As Lexington evolves into a dynamic, vibrant city, it’s more important than ever that we continue to grow smart by striking a balance between innovative, responsible development and the protection of our irreplaceable Bluegrass farmland. Through our efforts at government and beyond, Fayette Alliance positively impacts countywide planning and zoning laws and policies – which are the building blocks of a better quality of life, economy, and environment for all of us.

      Fayette Alliance

Imagine Lexington is the comprehensive plan designed to create a vision and strategy that will allow Lexington to grow and prosper while preserving, protecting and enhancing existing neighborhoods, downtown and the rural Bluegrass cultural landscape. Imagine Lexington is the next chapter in the city’s history and offers the opportunities for everyone to be involved in shaping the future of our community.

       Imagine  Lexington

Innovative program was begun in 2013 and is unique in the state and nation. Job Club has connected over 200 job seekers to employment.   As a land grant institution, Job Club is a free resource to assist and benefit citizens in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  This model that teaches job search principles including financial management 2x monthly at the Extension Center.  This was a much needed community resource during the recession as well as currently with recent company employee layoffs.  The return on this program approximates $8.4M.  Job Club received the 2017 JCEP Creative Excellence Award for this impactful program. 

            Job Club 

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Jobs & Careers

Finding resources you need to find your next job or career.

In this page, we've created a central source of job and career assistance in the Bluegrass and beyond. Whether we are embarking on a new career, retreading — a new age-friendly term related to the shifts of coming in and out of retirement, or spending time out in the community working on the causes which matter most to us individually, remaining actively engaged in one’s community yields multiple benefits to people, businesses that employ them, and the greater community as well.

Job & Careers

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Job Search & Careers

If you're hunting for your next job but aren't sure where to turn for advice, support or job postings, this list of resources will help.

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