Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Holds Last Meeting Before Release of Final Report
Members work on final report for Alaska Legislature and hear public testimony
ANCHORAGE – Members of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (AAPC) met early this week at the NANA Development Corporation building to work on finalizing a report due to the legislature, discuss possible legislation, and hold public testimony.
“The future of Alaska is tied to the future of the Arctic – for prosperity and healthy communities across the state,” said AAPC Co-Chair Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage). “I'd like to thank the other 25 members of the Commission for their hard work, diligence, and attention to detail over the last two years, and all of the members of the public who have testified and engaged with us. The Arctic is our home, and we intend to keep a good house. This is not the final say on Alaska Arctic Policy – this is the beginning.”
Over the past 18 months, the Commission has sought public input from Alaskans on the implementation plan including meetings in Nome, Kotzebue, Juneau, Barrow, Unalaska, Fairbanks, Anchorage and other rural Arctic areas.
“The commission had a solid final meeting with great participation and well-received testimony from the public as well,” said AAPC Co-Chair Representative Bob Herron (D-Bethel). “We look forward to rolling out three products detailing Alaska's Arctic policy at the end of January: an Implementation Plan, a Final Report, and a draft Arctic Policy bill.”
To view meeting documents, go to: http://www.akarctic.com/anchorage-mtg-nov-17-18.
The AAPC released its preliminary report in January, which was the culmination of nearly a year’s work and included a vision statement, a list of succinct statements encapsulating Alaska’s Arctic policy, and recommendations for federal and state governmental actions. To view the report, please click here. For a full look at the Commission’s work to date, please go to akarctic.com.
The AAPC Co-Chairs will deliver the Commission’s Final Report to the Legislature before January 30, 2015.