Begich Welcomes $3.6m for Juneau from Recovery Act
Funding Continues Development of Commercial Dock
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced the City and Borough of Juneau are receiving a $3.64 million grant to complete development of the Auke Bay Loading Facility. Competitively awarded through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant Program (TIGER) funding for the project has been provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
"The Recovery Act continues to assist our economic emergence from recession by creating Alaska jobs and supporting infrastructure development," Sen. Begich said. "This funding will help Juneau complete a project that grows local business by reinvesting in the community, its residents and industry."
Recovery Act funding will allow for the installation of more piling and expansion of the current float. This work will complete the Loading Facility, allowing vessels to dock more frequently and in greater numbers. The dock will also be capable of handling larger vessels. Funding will also allow a half acre expansion of parking, complete with lights, fencing and enhanced security.
"This is wonderful news for Alaska's Capital," says Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho. "This funding will complete a facility that is crucial to our local commercial fishing industry, providing jobs and revenue for our community."
The Auke Bay Loading Facility, opened in 2009, is a commercial use public facility owned by the City and Borough of Juneau. The facility provides fishing and freight vessels a facility to engage in commercial activities, such as off-loading and repairs. According to the municipality, the facility has met usage expectations since opening in 2009.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is expected to bring about $1.5 billion and save or create 8,000 jobs in Alaska over two years. Sen. Begich has said about 65 percent of the money will be put to work in projects across Alaska this spring. Begich's vote supporting the ARRA was key to its passage last year. More information about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is available at Recovery.Gov.