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Treadwell Urges Alaskans to Participate in Arctic Forum

August 13, 2014, Anchorage, AK – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell met with Arctic officials from the U.S. Department of State to discuss priorities for the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council today, and urges fellow Alaskans to do the same during a public forum held in downtown Anchorage tomorrow.

The forum will be held at the NANA Regional Corporation offices (909 W. 9th Ave.) on Thursday, August 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., and will be facilitated by Nils Andreassen, Director of the Institute of the North. Representatives from the State Department will include Admiral Robert Papp, Special Representative for the Arctic; Ambassador David Balton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries; and Julie Gourley, Senior Arctic Official.

“America is an Arctic nation because of Alaska, and Alaskans have much to gain from a robust Arctic agenda,” Treadwell said. “Alaska’s priorities outlined by Gov. Parnell include creating jobs for Arctic residents; suicide prevention; developing safe and sustainable sanitation facilities for Arctic communities; and establishing safe, secure and reliable shipping.”

In April 2015, the U.S. will assume chairmanship of the eight-nation Arctic Council at a time when the Arctic is rapidly changing and gaining worldwide interest due to its economic potential and strategic location. The State Department has been working with federal agencies and external stakeholders, but requests input from the State of Alaska and local residents on its chairmanship agenda.

To RSVP for the forum, please visit https://www.institutenorth.org/calendar/events/federal-listening-session1.

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