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Denali Commission Issues $843,054 Grant for Seldovia Harbor Improvements

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 7, 2013 - The Denali Commission issued an $843,054 grant to the City of Seldovia for improvements to their harbor. The harbor upgrades will improve the safety and operations of the harbor and increase both access and capacity. It is expected that with these improvements the City of Seldovia will experience improved economic and subsistence opportunities.

The harbor is essential to the economy and community of Seldovia as the area is not on the road system making the harbor the primary transportation system for residents and tourists. The harbor is used for commercial, charter, and subsistence fishing, as well as, for recreational vessels like kayaks and sailboats. During storms, the harbor also acts as a refuge shelter for vessels.

Harbor improvements are expected to allow the healthy economy of Seldovia to continue to grow and flourish. The improvements will allow for new slip owners for small and large vessels both private and commercial, increased tourism access to bed and breakfasts, lodges, restaurants and shops. With the expanded harbor, the community has also planned the addition of a new value added fish processing plant and marine repair facility for which there is a high demand from commercial fishing operations in the region.

The harbor improvement project for the City of Seldovia is being jointly funded by the Denali Commission grant and one million dollars in matching funds from the State of Alaska. The design plans for the harbor improvements were previously completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with funds from a separate Denali Commission grant.

During the harbor construction, the City of Seldovia will receive ongoing technical assistance from the Denali Commission and the Federal Highway Administration, Alaska Division to ensure successful completion of the needed upgrades. All construction and consulting services used during the completion of this project will be procured through an open competitive process. Construction is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.

Introduced by Congress in 1998, the Denali Commission is an independent federal agency designed to provide critical utilities, infrastructure, and economic support throughout Alaska. With the creation of the Denali Commission, Congress acknowledged the need for increased inter-agency cooperation and focus on Alaska's remote communities.

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