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Funding for Alaska Community Projects Advances


More than $7 million identified for health & job training programs 

With a goal of building stronger, healthier communities, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich welcomed the movement of two appropriations bills through Senate subcommittees with important funding for Alaska health and job training programs. Focusing on the Small Business Administration, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services, the bills would provide roughly $7.25 million to Alaska programs and projects.

The bills, advanced yesterday, received approval from their respective Appropriations Subcommittees and now await approval from the full Appropriations Committee and the full Senate.

“Investing in small business and job training programs is vital to our economic recovery,” Begich said. “Reducing Alaska’s unemployment rate is a matter of empowering our small businesses and equipping our workforce with necessary skills. There is no question, Alaskans are eager to contribute to a revitalized Alaska economy, promoting a productive economic climate is a huge part of making that a reality.”

The approved legislation includes:

The Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill: The bill awards $200,000 to Alaska for one project - The legislation primarily funds the Small Business Administration and the Department of Treasury. At a total of $25.4 billion, the legislation is $117 million below the president’s budget request.

Financial Services Projects:

· Anchorage Community Land Trust: Adult and Youth Financial Literacy Program in Mountain View, $200,000

Small Business Administration:

· Total funding of $1.1 billion nationwide. Alaska small businesses stand to benefit from a $108 million increase in funding for the Small Business Administration. Funding includes $65 billion for small business lending.

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI):

· CDFI grants support financial services to underserved communities, including lending and investment in affordable housing, small business, and community development. Proposed legislation includes $300 million for the CDFI nationwide.

The Fiscal Year 2011 Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill: Allocating roughly $6.9 million for Alaska Projects - The legislation primarily funds the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services; including Alaska Native health programs and job training programs. Discretionary spending in the legislation totals $196.6 billion, $986 million below the president’s budget request.

Alaska Projects (Many Anchorage Projects Represent Statewide Efforts):

· Anchorage: Alaska Medicare Clinic for Facilities and Equipment, $500,000

· Anchorage: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, $1 million

· Anchorage: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for Oral Health Disparities Project, $250,000

· Anchorage: Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center for Facilities and Equipment, $500,000

· Anchorage: Anchorage Project Access for Care Coordination and Support of Oral Health Care, $200,000

· Anchorage: Avant-Garde Learning Foundation for Educational Activities, $100,000

· Anchorage: Big Brother Big Sisters for Youth Mentoring Programs, $100,000

· Anchorage: Cook Inlet Tribal Council for Literacy and Math Educational Programs, $250,000

· Anchorage: Nine Star Education and Employment for the Expansion of Courses, $200,000

· Anchorage: Nine Star Education and Employment Services for Prisoner Re-Entry Job Training, $100,000

· Anchorage: Providence Alaska Family Medicine Residency for Physician Recruitment in Rural Alaska, $500,000

· Anchorage: Statewide Living Council for Expansion of Living Program in Remote Areas, $400,000

· Bethel: Association of Village Council Presidents for Workforce Development and Training, $500,000

· Copper Center: Copper River Native Association for Facilities and Equipment, $500,000

· King Salmon: Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center for Workforce Development in Rural Alaska, $100,000

· Kotzebue: Maniilaq Association for Facilities and Equipment, $1.5 million

· Kotzebue: Maniilaq Association for Suicide Prevention in Northwest Alaska, $200,000

Shared Projects:

· Historic Whaling and Trading partners Exchange (Alaska, Hawaii and Massachusetts), $8,754,000

· Strengthening Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Programs (Alaska  and Hawaii), $15,084,000

“Improving Alaska’s health facilities is a crucial part of creating stronger communities, caring for our seniors and providing a healthy future for our kids,” Begich said. “Alaska faces unique challenges stretching from urban areas to villages and these funds will help continue our work to bring Alaska’s health infrastructure into the 21st century.”


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