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The Grand Rapids City Commission is always accepting applications for individuals interested in becoming board members and serving on commissions.

"The Grand Rapids City Commission appoints approximately 260 citizens to 40 boards and commissions that are designed to give citizen input, to review City programs, and to make recommendations to the City Commission," according to the City website. "The issues considered by various committees cover a wide range of topics including the preservation of historic structures, residential and commercial development, the cultural environment, and the protection and improvement of neighborhoods. The City Commission makes every effort to have representation from the three (3) wards, as well as the racial, ethnic, and gender composition of the community on each of the boards and commissions."

Currently there are openings in several boards and committees, including the Board of Art and Museum Commissioners, Cable Television Advisory Commission, Downtown Improvement District Board and Uptown Business Improvement District, among many others. Those interested in specific boards and commissions are encouraged to apply regardless of current openings.

High school juniors are also invited to serve on boards, as each board is appointed two student board members. More information on this program can be found here.

Visit the City of Grand Rapids page for more information. Applications can be downloaded at this site, and are received City Hall on the 2nd floor at 300 Monroe Avenue NW.


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