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Arctic Policy Commission to Meet in Juneau on Saturday

Meeting will take place at Centennial Hall Convention Center from 12 to 6pm

JUNEAU-The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is planning to hold its first full commission meeting this weekend in Juneau.  The meeting will take place from noon to 6pm at the Centennial Hall Convention Center in Ballroom 1.  

The meeting will include presentations from:

                Mead Treadwell -Lieutenant Governor

                Stefanie Moreland -Governor Sean Parnell’s Special Assistant

                Fran Ulmer -United States Arctic Research Commission Chair

                Pat Pourchot -U.S. Department of Interior Secretary’s Special Assistant

                Dr. Lawson Brigham -Distinguished University Alaska Fairbanks Professor

                Reggie Joule -Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor

                Dan Sullivan -Department of Natural Resources Commissioner

                Alice Rogoff - “Arctic Circle”

The 26-member Commission includes 10 legislators and 16 experts from throughout the state. The Commission is tasked with helping develop Alaska’s Arctic policy and strategy.  The Commission plans to meet in numerous communities throughout the state over the next two years and provide preliminary policy recommendations by January 30, 2014 and submit a final report by January 30, 2015.

“We are excited about the diverse skill sets this Commission exemplifies.  It is an outstanding team to help consider and formulate Alaska Arctic policies which will enhance federal policy for our mutual benefit,” said Co-Chair Senator Lesil McGuire, R-South Anchorage.   ”The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is a critical step forward for Alaska and making sure we have that important seat at the table.

“Arctic policy is important to all of Alaska and the entire United States, but the immediate stakeholders are those who actually live in Alaska,” said Co-Chair Representative Bob Herron, D-Bethel.  “Costs are high and living conditions are challenging.  Indigenous rights and governance issues must be respected, resources managed responsibly, and an affordable energy future secured.”

WHO: Alaska Arctic Policy Commission

WHAT: First full commission meeting

WHERE:  Centennial Hall Convention Center, Ballroom 1, Juneau

WHEN: Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 from 12 to 6pm

For more information, please contact Jesse Logan in Senator McGuire’s office at (907) 465-2995.

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