The Michigan Jobs Commission will sponsor an Information Technologies Town Hall meeting in Lansing which will feature George Boersma, CIO for the Department of Management and Budget, State of Michigan; James Spanolo, Dean, College of Communication Arts and Science, Michigan State University; and Virginia Hilbert, CEO, Professional Technical Development, as its keynote speakers. The Lansing Town Hall meeting will be Wednesday, June 23, at the Radisson Hotel, 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing, from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The speakers will discuss the development potential for the information technologies industry and its impact on community infrastructure and small business. Key business and education leaders from mid-Michigan will also speak, including: Dr. Paul Hunt, Vice Provost, Libraries, Computing, and Technology, Michigan State University and Larry Meyer, Vice Chairman and CEO, Michigan Retailers Association. The town hall meetings, which are jointly sponsored by the Michigan Jobs Commission, the Michigan Information Technologies Roundtable, and Michigan State University, are designed to help set an agenda for the information technologies industry in Michigan. The Lansing meeting is one of three conferences leading to a statewide summit in Dearborn on October 8, 1998 "We have heard from hundreds of companies all over Michigan about the shortage of skilled information technology workers," said Doug Rothwell, CEO and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission. "The Information Technologies Town Hall meetings allow business, university, and government leaders to work together to formulate practical solutions." Others participating in the Lansing conference are Stephen Tilmann, President, Resource Information Associates; Sharon Claytor Peters, President, Lansing School Board; Ann Parker, President, Government Relations, Small Business Association of Michigan; Bob Holland, President, Holland Systems; and Thomas Bohn, Vice President, Strategic Interactive, Inc. In addition, there will be four special topic areas led by information technology experts in telecommunications infrastructure, the information technologies skills shortage, the impact of technology, and the potential for small businesses. Two leading experts in telecommunication law, David E.S. Marvin and Neil Lehto, will discuss the opposing views regarding infrastructure as seen from municipalities and telecom companies. The Information Technologies Roundtable is a group of more than 150 key executives from companies across the state that assist the Jobs Commission in making the industry more competitive, thereby creating jobs. The Roundtable's Internet site www.state.mi.us./medc/business/business.htm includes information on the town hall meetings, and by fall will have an interactive "virtual town hall meeting" on line. For more information or to register, contact the Jobs Commission's Customer Assistance line: (517) 373-9808. There is no registration fee, but individuals are encouraged to register, due to limited seating.