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October 09, 2007



So what do you know about what they're looking for in committee/board members?

Has that ever been made public? And if someone expresses interest without submitting a formal application are there folks around who will help them get a formal app. together? That might get more non-professional-activist types feeling less intimidated about putting themselves forward. Maybe...

Miriam Axel-Lute

I think they are looking for a balance of people representing different parts of the city and different constituents, as well as people who are willing to commit the time to being on the committee. But you're right, no list of qualifications has been released. Maybe that's good, as it might end up too narrow if people had to put it to paper, but you're right it could also be daunting or make people assume "they wouldn't want me."

There is no formal application; you just have to write a letter saying why you're interested.

Richard Conti

There are no particular qualifications, accept people who have an interest and the time commitment to the process.

The Call for Nominations included the following --

"Members of the Board should be individuals who have a demonstrated interest in the City of Al-bany, a record of community involvement and who are able to commit a substantial amount of time to the process. It is expected that the Comprehensive Plan Board, including subcommittees, will meet for approximately 8-12 hours per month. Meetings will most likely take place during evenings and weekends."

What's most important, applicants should submit a strong cover letter in their own words explaining why they want to be a part of this process, what they bring and what they hope to achieve.

Miriam Axel-Lute

Thanks Richard!

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