New COEL Citizen Innovation and Technology Panel Needs Volunteers

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Monday, June 27, 2016, 7:00 am
Peyton Lombardo

Do you have an interest in technology? Have you ever wanted to join a panel that will directly help the City? The City of East Lansing is creating a Citizen Innovation and Technology Panel, and they are looking for eager community members to help them out.

The City of East Lansing is accepting applications from those with “interest, knowledge and experience in technology to help research, collaborate and share ideas with the City,” according to the City of East Lansing’s press release on June 14. Anyone from East Lansing is encouraged to apply, including students at Michigan State University.

The panel hopes to hold its first meeting in September and continue every month. These meetings will focus on the residents of East Lansing and what technology impacts these residents. They hope to improve already existing technology and implement new forms.

The application found here consists of some basic personal information questions, employment and education history, and two short-answer questions. One question asks to describe any experiences that led to your desire to serve the community, and the other asks for a “brief biography” of skills/expertise and involvement in the community.

After submitting the application, the next step is an interview with City staff members and an East Lansing City Council member. East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows will appoint all members chosen, and the East Lansing City Council will officially approve them.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 15 at 4:00pm. Interested residents can send in their application by email to or in person/by mail to: Office of the City Clerk/City Council, City of East Lansing, 410 Abbot Road, East Lansing MI 48823.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, feel free to email Thomas Crane, manager of the Department of Information Technology at

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