2014-04-24 / Around Town

AIPCommission Seeks New Board Members

The Aquidneck Island Planning Commission (AIPC) is expanding its board of directors and is reaching out to island residents to generate interest in filling new board positions. AIPC, established in 1985, has a mission to serve as a forum for communication, coordination and consensus building among Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, as well as the state government, Naval Station Newport and other civic, state and federal organizations.

City or town councils of each of the three Aquidneck Island communities have approved resolutions allowing each community to appoint four new AIPC directors outside of local planning boards, which until now had been the established rule of the commission. The former AIPC board members unanimously approved the restructuring plan.

Tina Dolen, executive director of the commission, said the panel seeks board participation by residents with experience in banking, law, nonprofit management, financial planning, architecture, environmental consulting, engineering, business, grant writing and development, higher education, communications and media, and community action.

Dolen said those interested in board participation may attend a reception on May 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Middletown.

Interested residents should apply to their municipality for consideration for appointment by their council. Applications are on the websites of all three municipalities. Questions should be directed to Tina Dolen at 401-845-9299 or tina@aquidneckplanning.org

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