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ACTION: Notice of availability. shore protection measures have resulted Contact: Jeffrey Staser, Denali
in deterioration of the natural Commission, 510 L Street, Suite 410,
SUMMARY: The New York District of the beachfront dune complexes in the study Anchorage AK 99501, (907) 271–1414,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is area. Severe storm events have flooded (907) 271.1415 fax, http://
issuing this notice to announce the the areas and stranded residents in their www.denali.gov.
availability for public review and homes. Consequently, there has been a
comment of a Draft Environmental Purpose of the Commission
reduction in the capability of the study
Impact Statement (DEIS) for proposed area beaches and the low-lying terrain, The Denali Commission Act of 1998,
measures to provide flood control and to provide long-term protection from as amended (Division C, Title III, Pub.
storm damage protection in Union damages caused by hurricanes and L. 105–277) states that the purposes of
Beach, New Jersey. The DEIS has been severe storms such as northeasters. In the Denali Commission are:
prepared in accordance with the addition, the threat of future storms in To deliver the services of the Federal
National Environmental Policy Act the study area poses a danger to local Government in the most cost-effective
(NEPA). The DEIS evaluates the residents and business owners. manner practicable by reducing
potential adverse and beneficial 2. The Union Beach, New Jersey administrative and overhead costs.
environmental impacts that may result Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage To provide job training and other
from the implementation of the Reduction Study, was originally economic development services in rural
restoration of the beach berm and dune, authorized for construction as part of communities, particularly distressed
periodic beach renourishment, and the RBSHB Project, New Jersey, in the communities (many of which have a
construction of storm damage reduction Flood Control Act of October 23, 1962, rate of unemployment that exceeds 50
measures. The DEIS documents and in accordance with House Document percent).
addresses the environmental impacts of Number 464, 87th Congress, Second To promote rural development,
the following projects: Union Beach Session. provide power generation and
including Chingarora Creek, Flat and
Leonard Houston, transmission facilities, modern
East Creeks, and the Bay Shore.
communication systems, bulk fuel
The selected plan consists of three Chief, Environmental Analysis Branch.
storage tanks, water and sewer systems
major elements: (1) Chingarora Creek [FR Doc. 03–16178 Filed 6–27–03; 8:45 am]
and other infrastructure needs.
levee and floodwall; (2) Bay Shore BILLING CODE 3710–06–M
beach and dune incorporating terminal Vision
groins with adjoining revetments; and
Alaska will have a healthy well-
(3) Flat and East creeks floodwall and
DENALI COMMISSION trained labor force working in a
levee alignment. In addition to the
diversified and sustainable economy
initial construction, the selected plan 5-Year Strategic Plan that is supported by a fully developed
includes periodic renourishment of the
and well-maintained infrastructure.
Bay Shore element. Public comments on Introduction
the DEIS will assist in the Corps’ The Denali Commission Act of 1998 Mission
evaluation of the project and will be (Title III, Pub.L. 105–277, 42 U.S.C. The Denali Commission will partner
reflected in the final EIS. 3121) created a State-Federal with tribal, Federal, State, and local
Written comments received within 45 partnership to address crucial needs of governments and collaborate with all
days of the publication of the rural Alaskan communities, particularly Alaskans to improve the effectiveness
Environmental Protection Agency’s isolated Native villages and other and efficiency of government services,
notice of availability will be considered communities lacking access to the to develop a well-trained labor force
by the Corps in preparing the final EIS. national highway system, affordable employed in a diversified and
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. power, adequate health facilities and sustainable economy, and to build and
Howard Ruben, Environmental Analyst, other impediments to economic self ensure the operation and maintenance
Planning Division, Environmental sufficiency. Guided by five of Alaska’s basic infrastructure.
Analysis Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Commissioners representing statewide
Engineers, New York District, 26 non-governmental organizations, the Values
Federal Plaza, Room 2151, New York, unprecedented results to date testify to Catalyst For Positive Change—The
NY 10278–0090, at (212) 264–0206 or at the efficacy of inter-agency teamwork, Commission will be an organization
howard.ruben@.usace.army.mil. Written effective training, and the setting of high through which agencies of government,
comments are to be provided to Mr. sustainability standards by those closest including Tribal governments, may
Ruben. to the problems at hand. The collaborate, guided by the people of
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. The Commission is a highly effective Alaska, to aggressively do the right
Corps is currently evaluating a catalyst for enhanced collaboration things in the right ways.
hurricane and storm damage reduction among federal, State, tribal and local Respect For People and Cultures—
study to provide hurricane and storm governments as well as private sector, The Commission will be guided by the
protection to residential, commercial, non-profit and other interests. The over people of Alaska in seeking to preserve
and recreational resources in the arching goal of enabling economic self the principles of self-determination,
Borough of Union Beach, located along sufficiency is based on effective respect for diversity, and consideration
the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay community comprehensive planning, of the rights of individuals.
(RBSHB) shoreline and adjacent areas in and regional support. Inclusive—The Commission will
Monmouth County, NJ. Hurricanes, This document will guide the reader provide the opportunity for all
northeasters, and extratropical storms through: interested parties to participate in
have historically damaged shorefronts, An introduction of the Denali decision making and carefully reflect
beaches, homes, commercial properties, Commission’s mission their input in the design, selection, and
and community infrastructures. Erosion The workplan for fiscal year 2004 and implementation of programs and
of the beach and the lack of long-term The 5-year strategic plan projects.

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Sustainability—The Commission will will generally receive priority over those Intergovernmental Coordination—The
promote programs and projects that that provide more narrow benefits. Memorandum of Understanding:
meet the current needs of communities • Projects should be community- The Denali Commission Act
and provide for the anticipated needs of based and regionally supported. recognizes that our mission can only be
future generations. • Projects should have broad public
accomplished through a collaborative,
Accountability—The Commission will involvement and support. Evidence of
coordinated effort by the State of Alaska
set measurable standards of support might include endorsement by
and key federal agencies. The State of
effectiveness and efficiency for both affected local government councils
Alaska also recognizes benefits can be
internal and external activities. (municipal, Tribal, IRA, etc.),
furthered if State agencies work in a
participation by local governments in
Goals collaborative and coordinated effort.
planning and overseeing work, and local
With this in mind, Denali Commission
The goals generated by the strategic cost sharing on an ‘‘ability to pay’’ basis.
has drawn up a Memorandum of
planning process define conditions that • Priority will generally be given to
Understanding (MOU), which more than
must be created to realize the Denali projects with substantial cost sharing.
• Priority will generally be given to 20 agencies have agreed to, that outlines
Commission Vision. some points of agreement that will
1. All Alaska, no matter how isolated, projects with a demonstrated
commitment to local hire. facilitate the collaboration and
will have the physical infrastructure coordination necessary for achievement
necessary to protect health and safety • Denali Commission funds may
supplement existing funding, but will of the purposes of the Denali
and to support self-sustaining economic Commission and related missions of
development. not replace existing federal, state, local
government, or private funding. agencies who are parties to the MOU.
2. Local residents in Alaskan
communities will be provided the • The Denali Commission will give The Points of the MOU Are—
opportunity to acquire the skills and priority to funding needs that are most
• Sustainability. Federal and State
knowledge necessary to be employed on clearly a federal responsibility.
• Denali Commission funds will not agencies recognize the importance of
the construction, operation and utilizing sustainability principles when
management jobs created by publicly be used to create unfair competition
with private enterprise. investing in public infrastructure
funded physical infrastructure in their projects
communities. Additional Guiding Principles for • Regional Strategies. Systematic
3. Alaskans will have access to Infrastructure: planning and coordination on a local,
financial and technical resources regional and statewide basis are
• A project should be consistent with
necessary to build a cash economy to necessary to achieve the most effective
a comprehensive community or regional
supplement the existing subsistence results from investment in
plan.
economy. • Any organization seeking funding infrastructure, economic development,
4. Federal and state agencies will assistance must have a demonstrated and training.
simplify procedures, share information, commitment to operation and • Community Plans. A single
and improve coordination to ensure maintenance of the facility for its design community strategic plan should be
equitable delivery of services to all life. This commitment would normally sufficient to identify and establish the
Alaskan communities. include an institutional structure to levy priorities of each rural community.
Implementation Guiding Principles and collect user fees if necessary, to • Sharing Information. Sharing
account for and manage financial information increases efficiencies and
• Projects must be sustainable. To decreases duplication of services by
resources, and having trained and
assist with the implementation of this State and Federal agencies.
certified personnel necessary to operate
principle, an Investment Strategy has
and maintain the facility. • Economic Development. Economic
been drafted to ensure that the level of development facilitates and supports
funding provided by the Denali Additional Guiding Principles for the growth of self-sufficient
Commission to infrastructure projects in Economic Development communities.
small, declining and/or environmentally • Priority will be given to projects • Non-Profit Organizations and Other
threatened communities serves a public that enhance employment in high Community Organizations. Non-profit
purpose and is invested in the most unemployment areas of the State and other organizations in Alaska are a
conscientious and sustainable manner (economically distressed), with valuable resource for State and Federal
possible. (The Investment Strategy is emphasis on sustainable, long-term Agencies. They provide regional
now available on the Denali local jobs or career opportunities. planning, program support and
Commission website for public review • Projects should be consistent with partnering opportunities
and comment.) statewide or regional plans. • Workforce Development
• The Denali Commission will • The Denali Commission may fund (Vocational and Career Training).
generally not select individual projects demonstration projects that are not a Workforce development is a critical
for funding nor manage individual part of a regional or statewide economic component to building sustainable
projects, but will work through existing development plan if such projects have public infrastructure and self-sufficient
state, federal or other appropriate significant potential to contribute to communities in Alaska.
organizations to accomplish its mission. economic development.
• Projects in economically distressed Workplan for 2004
communities will have priority for Additional Guiding Principles for The Commission has determined that
Denali Commission assistance. Training the scope and scale of infrastructure
• Projects should be compatible with • Training should increase the skills issues facing rural Alaska are staggering.
local cultures and values. and knowledge of local residents to The total of known basic infrastructure
• Projects that provide substantial become employed on jobs created by the needs for Alaskan communities is
health and safety benefit, and/or Denali Commission’s investment in estimated to be over $13 billion. These
enhance traditional community values, public facilities in a community. infrastructure needs include:

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• Infrastructure: basis. Allocation of Denali Commission Prioritization of Projects for FY 2004


—Housing Construction/Development funds to various funding categories and
—Multi-use Facilities classes within those categories will be Of necessity, the Commission’s work
—Power Utilities based on a formula agreed to by the must be phased over a number of years
—Fuel Storage Commission at the beginning of each based on the urgency of competing
—Drinking Water and Waste Water fiscal year. needs and availability of funding. The
Facilities For FY04 the formula allocates 85% theme of rural energy, as one important
—Solid Waste Management Facilities of general appropriated funds to Power, prerequisite to all other utilities and
—Health Care Facilities Health and related infrastructure and up economic development, was selected as
—Airport Facilities to 10% to job training. The Commission the Commission’s top priority for
—Road and Trail Construction has a statutory limit of 5% for infrastructure funding. Primary health
—Port, Dock and other Marine Facilities administrative expenses. care facilities were identified as the
—Telecommunications In addition to FY04 appropriated second infrastructure theme for the
—Community Facilities funds, the Commission expects to Commission beginning in FY00. These
• Economic Development: receive approximately $3 million in
two themes will continue to be the top
—Comprehensive Planning interest from the Trans Alaska Pipeline
priorities for infrastructure funds
Liability (TAPL) fund in FY04, which is
• Job Training, Education, Capacity earmarked for bulk fuel facility upgrade through FY04, and the Commission,
Building: and maintenance. consistent with Congressional intent,
—Comprehensive Planning The Commission may receive other may add one or more additional themes.
In Fiscal Year 2004, the Denali special purpose funding from For planning purposes, the
Commission will continue to collaborate Congressional appropriations such as Commission has allocated $12,500,000
with other funding agencies and with all dedicated training funding from the U.S. using the Commission’s approved
impacted and interested parties to Department of Labor pursuant to formula for FY04.
address identified needs on a priority authorization received in FY03.

FY04 work FY04 TAPL TAPL and


plan projection projected funding interest funds FY04 combined

Bulk Fuel .......................................................................................................................... $2,375,000 $2,700,000 $5,075,000


Power Generation ............................................................................................................ 1,979,167 ............................ 1,979,167
Health Clinics ................................................................................................................... 2,770,833 ............................ 2,770,833
Other Infrastructure .......................................................................................................... 950,000 ............................ 950,000
Training ............................................................................................................................ 950,000 ............................ 950,000

Subtotal ..................................................................................................................... 9,025,000 2,700,000 11,725,000


Administration* ................................................................................................................. 475,000 300,000 775,000

Total .......................................................................................................................... 9,500,000 3,000,000 12,500,000


* Administration: Figure used reflects 5% ceiling, not actual overhead cost. This includes future salary obligations, directed studies, inde-
pendent audits, and project support.

In accordance with the Denali priority systems designed for each area comprehensive plans with federal, state
Commission Code, Administrative and following the Denali Commission and other available funding.
funds (5%) are solely the responsibility Investment Strategy guidance.
Performance Indicators for FY 2004
of the Federal Co-Chair. Allocation of Concurrently the Commission
the balance of funds (95%) will be made encourages communities and regional Energy
by the full Denali Commission, utilizing entities to complete comprehensive • Reduce the backlog of non-
the guiding principles previously community and economic development compliant bulk fuel storage facilities in
outlined in this document, and priority plans. Priority systems for focus areas rural Alaska by renovating or building a
systems designed specifically for each selected for funding by the Commission bulk fuel storage facility in 1
budget category. give credit to communities with current community.
Project implementation will generally comprehensive plans. • Increase the reliability, efficiency
be accomplished through state, local or Projects resulting from funding of and sustainability of power generation
federal government entities, regulated infrastructure themes generally are and/or transmission by renovating or
utilities, or non-profit organizations. It consistent with high priorities identified building a power facility in 1
shall be the responsibility of all such in community plans. The existence of community.
implementing organizations to comply community plans greatly facilitates the
with all applicable laws. Any special location, design, and completion of Health Care
requirements will be articulated in the infrastructure projects within a • Complete construction or
funding agreement between the Denali community. The Commission also renovation of primary health care
Commission and the funding recipient. participates in the organization and facilities in 2 communities.
The MOU will serve to guide execution of regional ‘‘funding
intergovernmental coordination and summits.’’ These summits, which are Training
collaboration among agencies. held throughout the State, bring key • Increase the number of local area
As indicated above, 85% of Denali state and federal agencies together with residents trained on construction,
Commission base funds are designated communities and regional organizations operations and maintenance of Denali
for priority infrastructure focus areas for the purpose of matching needs Commission-funded physical
and those funds are distributed using identified in community and regional infrastructure in Alaska by 5%.

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• Increase the local resident payroll programs, a student loan repayment permeates several of the five strategic
on Denali Commission-funded projects program, and appropriate training. areas of the President’s Management
by 2%. A project now underway is tying each Agenda. To enhance project
• Increase the annual earnings of each position’s roles and responsibilities management and information sharing
local resident that completes Denali with the organizational mission. This with our partners and the public, Denali
Commission-funded training by 5%. matrix, once completed, will be used to Commission has developed an Internet-
enhance efficiency and effectiveness by based database of all Commission
Financial and Technical Resources realigning duties where they do not projects. This tool is for tracking and
• Produce reliable and timely reflect the mission, and ensuring that all managing Denali Commission and
performance and other financial mission-critical work is being addressed partner project data. The database is
(proprietary and budgetary) information adequately. built to provide information that is easy
from the financial management system to use, has the highest degree of
Competitive Sourcing
for managing current operations. integrity and maintainability, and is
• Safeguard assets (including As a very small agency headquarters, accessible for all interested parties. In
performance and financial information) Denali Commission is highly motivated, keeping with the Denali Commission
from waste, loss, misappropriation or by necessity, to comply with this mission, the system allows for
destruction. initiative. Although formal assessments collaboration to improve the
• Prepare accurate and timely have not been carried out on the effectiveness and efficiency of
financial reports on Budget Execution in competitive sourcing opportunities, government services. Within the
accordance with generally accepted Denali Commission regularly utilizes database, managers and grantees place
accounting principles and meeting the contractors and private enterprise for reports, project financials, photos and
requirements of the Office of many of our tasks. Examples include status information on each funded
Management and Budget and U.S. graphic design, computer maintenance, project. Also available within the
Treasury. and document scanning services. database are priority lists of projects yet
Improved Financial Management to be funded in communities across
Government Coordination
Alaska. Across the state of Alaska,
• Maintain administrative expenses Five of the Denali Commission
Federal, State and local entities
of Denali Commission at 5% or less of permanent staff are responsible for all
(including regional non-profits, health
appropriated funds. operations and finance. Limited to 5%
corporations, and tribal governments)
• Hold Denali Commission partners overhead, the agency has, and will
share a vision for developing a shared,
to the lowest reasonable overhead costs continue to, enthusiastically participate
central database (or portal) to further
needed to complete projects. and pursue automation and forward-
improve the transparency of
thinking technology whenever possible.
Work Toward the President’s government. This database would be a
Through advances in technology, we
Management Agenda part of that larger effort.
will continue to realize internal
Denali Commission now has an active
President George W. Bush has set efficiencies and increases in
link to our agency website located on
forth a strategy to improve management effectiveness.
To keep pace with the Government- www.FirstGov.gov to help citizens find
of the federal government through information and obtain services from
government-wide goals in five mutually Wide-Accounting (GWA) initiative, a
new accounting system is being that central location. We are working to
reinforcing areas: place Denali Commission grant
developed, with an anticipated
—Human Capital implementation date of October 1, 2003. opportunities on the www.Grants.gov
—Competitive Sourcing We are utilizing the Veterans Affairs website as well. Additional e-
—Improved Financial Management (VA) Financial Services Enterprise Government projects that Denali
—Expanded e-Government Center as consultants on this project. Commission is monitoring and will
—Budget and Performance Integration We expect this accounting system to participate in include e-Travel and e-
The Denali Commission is making maintain the highest quality of accuracy Authentication. To maximize IT
progress in these strategic areas in the in reporting to OMB, Congress and the partnerships (and coordination) with
following ways. public. other federal agencies, Denali
Staff are working in conjunction with Commission works with the Federal
Human Capital Aviation Administration (FAA) and
other federal agencies to accomplish
The Denali Commission attempts to automation to the extent feasible, with Department of the Interior (DOI) to
be innovative in its recruitment and Federal Treasury payment and support our local computer network.
retention of staff. With a small collection systems (IPAC, ASAP and Our commitment to internet and
permanent staff of eight and an on-loan SPS). We anticipate being a pilot test electronic payment and collection
staff of eight, the Denali Commission site for the Internet Payment Platform systems is hailed by our vendors and
has a flat organization chart, making it (IPP) which is being developed by customers, especially in this large state
simple for customers to reach the staff Treasury for the efficient and timely with sometimes slow and unpredictable
they need to and get the answers they payment of vendors. mail and telephone (internet) services.
require, through electronic messaging, These systems assist with streamlining
telephone, or in-person. Expanded e-Government and ensuring timely and accurate
An additional advantage of a small Denali Commission is committed to transactions.
organization is the ease of managing the managing our projects more effectively As we build and develop strong IT
accurate measurement and appropriate and more transparently to our partners, infrastructure at Denali Commission, we
rewarding of staff for performance. customers and the public. The Project maintain a high level of vigilance that
Denali Commission utilizes many Database is a significant step in this proper and adequate security is set in
human capital investment-oriented direction. The Denali Commission place. Our plan for IT development
strategies for retaining qualified and Project Database, now operational on always includes an assessment of value
effective staff, such as preventive health our website, is an initiative that to the public, avoidance of duplication

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and the goal of transparency and measure ourselves against these activities. Cash paying employment
accountability. standards constantly and check on them opportunities in rural Alaska are scarce
as a team once a month. and are highly seasonal in many areas;
Budget and Performance Integration
Strategic Plan—2005–2009 unemployment rates exceed 50% in 147
The Denali Commission, by communities.
legislation, is limited to 5% overhead/ Challenges to Development and High Cost and Low Standard of
administrative rate. So, 95% of our Economic Self-Sufficiency in Alaska Living—Over 180 communities suffer
funds go into making progress toward Geography/Climate—The State of from inadequate sanitation or a lack of
our vision: Alaska encompasses twenty percent of safe drinking water. Residents face high
Alaska will have a healthy, well- the landmass of the United States, electric costs: 61 cents per kilowatt-hour
trained labor force working in a encompassing five (5) climatic zones for electricity in a few communities
diversified and sustainable economy from the arctic to moderate rain forests (average in rural Alaska is
that is supported by a fully developed in the south. approximately 40 cents per kilowatt-
and well-maintained infrastructure. Isolation—Approximately 220 hour which is over 6 times the National
Denali Commission has set in motion Alaskan communities are accessible average of 6.75 cents) even with State
the tools to assist the staff in measuring only by air or small boat. Some village
performance—the Project Database and subsidies.
communities are separated by hundreds
a new accounting system (under of miles from the nearest regional hub The Commission determined that the
development). community or urban center. The average scope and scale of infrastructure issues
We require our grantees to establish community is over 1,000 miles from the facing rural Alaska are staggering.
and meet milestones, and we publish state capital. Assessment of needs and refinement of
those on the Project Database. We set Unemployment—The economy of estimates will be an ongoing process.
goals at an agency level for construction rural Alaska is a mix of government or The total of known infrastructure needs
projects reaching completion each year. government-funded jobs, natural is estimated to be over $13 billion.
That is the bottom line that will resource extraction and traditional Training and economic development
improve the lives of the residents of Native subsistence activities. Many rural needs have not been quantified, but the
Alaska. And we set internal benchmarks Alaskans depend on subsistence unmet needs in these areas are also
for the quality and efficiency of services hunting, fishing and gathering for a believed to be quite large. Consequently,
provided to our customers. That keeps significant portion of their foods, but it is imperative that efforts to address
the Denali Commission staff on track in also depend on cash income to provide the most essential needs be both focused
prioritizing individuals’ work time. We the means to pursue subsistence and strategic.

Funding category Category/Class Needs ($) Total ($)

Infrastructure ............................................................. Housing Construction/Development ........................ 1,800,000,000 ............................


Power Utilities .......................................................... 300,800,000 ............................
Fuel Storage ............................................................ 362,500,000 ............................
Drinking Water and Waste Water Facilities ............. 650,000,000 ............................
Solid Waste Management Facilities ........................ 1 ............................
Health Care Facilities ............................................... 481,000,000 ............................
Airport Facilities ....................................................... 1,300,000,000 ............................
Road Construction ................................................... 8,600,000,000 ............................
Port Facilities ........................................................... 300,000,000 ............................
Telecommunications ................................................ (1) ............................
Community Facilities ................................................ (1) ............................
Other ........................................................................ (1) ............................

Subtotal .................................................................... ............................ 13,794,300,000


Economic Development ............................................ Comprehensive Planning ......................................... (1) ............................
Other ........................................................................ (1) ............................
Job Training, Education, Capacity Building .............. Comprehensive Planning ......................................... (1) ............................
Other ........................................................................ (1) ............................

Total ......................................................................... ............................ 13,794,300,000


1 Unknown.

Goals, Objectives and Key Activities be constructed and upgraded at a to roads, ports, airports, and community
significantly accelerated pace. facilities will be accelerated on a
Goal # 1
2. All Alaskans will have reasonable priority basis.
All Alaska, no matter how isolated, access to primary health care services.
Key Activities to Achieve Goals and
will have the physical infrastructure 3. All Alaskans will have safe Objectives
necessary to protect health and safety drinking water and sanitary waste
and to support self-sustaining economic disposal systems. • Complete a statewide energy
development. 4. All Alaskans will have reasonable strategy to clearly identify needs and set
access to telecommunication services priorities for completion of bulk fuel
Objectives comparable to those available in major storage facilities, power generation
1. Energy facilities (bulk fuel storage, urban centers at comparable costs. facilities including innovative and
power generation and transmission) will 5. Construction of other basic physical alternative facilities and power
infrastructure including but not limited transmission facilities. The strategy will

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identify institutional structures and employed on publicly funded physical of Community and Economic
measures to achieve sustainable infrastructure. Development and the First Alaskans
operation and maintenance of Foundation to assist entrepreneurs,
Key Activities To Achieve Goals and
completed physical systems. communities and regional entities to
• Complete a statewide needs Objectives
develop economic capacity.
assessment for primary health care • Provide funding to a coordinated • Financial assistance will be
facilities and develop a system to training system including, regional and provided to Alaska Growth Capital to
establish priorities for completion of local coordination, career pathway enable that company to make loans and
needed facilities. information, specific training courses, provide hands on technical assistance to
• Collaborate with federal agencies union apprenticeship-based training entrepreneurs in economically
and assist the State of Alaska as and non-union based training. distressed areas of Alaska.
necessary in identifying gaps in funding • Partner with the State of Alaska, • The Denali Commission will work
for physical infrastructure that can be Native Non-Profit Corporations, private with financial institutions, foundations
filled first by existing federal programs sector, union-based training and other entities as appropriate to
or, if necessary, by Denali Commission organizations, non-union based training create a revolving loan fund expressly
funding. organizations and other federal agencies for funding feasibility studies.
• Utilize the annual work plan to create a coordinated system to meet • A minimum of two partnerships
development process to allocate funds the training needs of local residents. will be facilitated annually leading to
to physical infrastructure categories. • Provide financial assistance to completed projects within 5 years.
Allocation of funds to specific projects communities and organizations that will
will generally be guided by statewide provide specific training to local Performance Indicators
priority systems and comprehensive residents to become employed on • Minimum annual disbursement of
plans developed at the community and construction, operations and financing by Alaska Growth Capital to
regional levels. maintenance jobs created by publicly business in communities defined as
Performance Indicators funded physical infrastructure projects. distressed by the Denali Commission
will be $275,000.
• Reduce the backlog of non- Performance Indicators • Annual payroll of projects financed
compliant bulk fuel storage facilities in • Increase the number of local area through Alaska Growth Capital will be
rural Alaska in 6 communities annually. residents trained on construction, at least $90,000 and will increase
• Increase the reliability, efficiency operations and maintenance of Denali annually by at least $30,000.
and sustainability of power generation Commission funded physical • A minimum of 5 feasibility studies
and/or transmission in 6 communities infrastructure in Alaska by 5% for new business startups in
annually. annually. economically distressed areas of Alaska
• Complete construction or
• Increase the local resident payroll will be funded annually from the
renovation of primary health care
on Denali Commission funded projects revolving loan fund.
facilities for at least 5 communities is
by 2% annually.
anticipated annually. Goal # 4
• Enter into formal agreements with • Increase the annual earnings of each
local resident that completes Denali Federal and state agencies will
State and Federal agencies and others as
Commission funded training by 5%. simplify procedures, share information,
appropriate to ensure accomplishment
and improve coordination to enhance
of objectives 3–5. Goal # 3 and improve the efficiency of the
Goal # 2 Rural Alaskans will have access to delivery of services to Alaskans and the
Local residents in Alaskan financial and technical resources communities in which they reside.
communities will have the opportunity necessary to build a cash economy to
Objectives
to acquire skills and knowledge supplement the existing subsistence
necessary to be employed on the economy. 1. The Denali Commission will limit
construction, operation and its own administrative expenses to no
Objectives more than 5% of its total budget and
management jobs created by publicly
funded physical infrastructure in their 1. All Alaskans will have access to will ensure that all Denali Commission
communities. programs that provide entrepreneurial partners are kept to the lowest possible
education. Technical assistance and overhead needed to complete a project.
Objectives business services will be available to 2. The Denali Commission will work
1. Local residents will have access to entrepreneurs and business owners. to gain acceptance of a single
skills and knowledge training that is 2. Entrepreneurs will have access to community developed comprehensive
necessary for employment on publicly capital resources appropriate for their plan as the basis for all federal and state
funded physical infrastructure in their circumstances including bank loans, agency funding.
communities. micro loans, BIDCO loans, venture 3. The Denali Commission will work
2. The Denali Commission’s capital, SBA loans, USDA Rural to gain acceptance and utilization of a
investment in physical infrastructure Development loans, U.S. Department of single comprehensive database for
will be protected by local residents Commerce EDA loans or grants. information (plans and project
trained to operate and maintain 3. Support access to partnership information) for rural Alaskan
facilities. funding for community based utilities, communities.
3. Workers from outside a community infrastructure and health delivery
Key Activities To Achieve Goals and
will not need to be imported to fill projects.
Objectives
construction, operations and
Key Activities To Achieve Goals and • The Denali Commission will work
maintenance jobs necessary for publicly
Objectives with key state and federal agencies to
funded physical infrastructure.
4. Communities will benefit from the • Financial assistance will be complete and periodically update a
increase in earnings from local residents provided through the State Department memorandum of agreement that outlines

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key actions necessary to achieve this participation by local governments in accomplished through a collaborative,
goal. planning and overseeing work, and local coordinated effort by the State of Alaska
• The Denali Commission will cost sharing on an ‘‘ability to pay’’ basis. and key federal agencies. The State of
actively engage the Alaska Federal • Priority will generally be given to Alaska also recognizes benefits can be
Executives Association, consistent with projects with substantial cost sharing. furthered if State agencies work in a
its charter, as a means to achieve this • Priority will generally be given to collaborative and coordinated effort.
goal. projects with a demonstrated With this in mind, Denali Commission
• The Denali Commission will seek commitment to local hire. has drawn up a Memorandum of
the guidance and assistance of the State • Denali Commission funds may Understanding (MOU), which more than
Co-Chair as he/she works with the supplement existing funding, but will 20 agencies have agreed to, that outlines
Governor’s cabinet to assist in meeting not replace existing federal, state, local some points of agreement that will
these goals and objectives. government, or private funding. facilitate the collaboration and
• Agreements with Denali • The Denali Commission will give coordination necessary for achievement
Commission program implementation priority to funding needs that are most of the purposes of the Denali
partners will be negotiated to achieve clearly a federal responsibility. Commission and related missions of
the minimum practicable overhead • Denali Commission funds will not
agencies who are parties to the MOU.
rates. be used to create unfair competition
with private enterprise. The points of the MOU Are—
Performance Indicators
Additional Guiding Principles for • Sustainability. Federal and State
• Administrative expenses of Denali Infrastructure agencies recognize the importance of
Commission will be 5% or less. utilizing sustainability principles when
• Denali Commission partners will be • A project should be consistent with
a comprehensive community or regional investing in public infrastructure
held to the lowest reasonable overhead projects.
plan.
costs needed to complete projects.
• Any organization seeking funding • Regional Strategies. Systematic
• An MOU will be reviewed planning and coordination on a local,
assistance must have a demonstrated
annually, and updated as necessary to regional and statewide basis are
commitment to operation and
memorialize the commitment of federal necessary to achieve the most effective
maintenance of the facility for its design
and state agencies to this goal. results from investment in
life. This commitment would normally
• Progress in meeting these goals and infrastructure, economic development,
include an institutional structure to levy
objectives will be documented annually. and training.
and collect user fees if necessary, to
Implementation Guiding Principles account for and manage financial • Community Plans. A single
resources, and having trained and community strategic plan should be
• Projects must be sustainable. To sufficient to identify and establish the
assist with the implementation of this certified personnel necessary to operate
and maintain the facility. priorities of each rural community.
principle, an Investment Strategy has • Sharing Information. Sharing
been drafted to ensure that the level of Additional Guiding Principles for information increases efficiencies and
funding provided by the Denali Economic Development decreases duplication of services by
Commission to infrastructure projects in • Priority will be given to projects State and Federal agencies.
small, declining and/or environmentally that enhance employment in high • Economic Development. Economic
threatened communities serves a public unemployment areas of the State development facilitates and supports
purpose and is invested in the most (economically distressed), with the growth of self-sufficient
conscientious and sustainable manner emphasis on sustainable, long-term communities.
possible. (The Investment Strategy is local jobs or career opportunities. • Non-Profit Organizations and Other
now available on the Denali • Projects should be consistent with Community Organizations. Non-profit
Commission website for public review statewide or regional plans. and other organizations in Alaska are a
and comment.) • The Denali Commission may fund valuable resource for State and Federal
• The Denali Commission will demonstration projects that are not a Agencies. They provide regional
generally not select individual projects part of a regional or statewide economic planning, program support and
for funding nor manage individual development plan if such projects have partnering opportunities.
projects, but will work through existing significant potential to contribute to • Workforce Development
state, federal or other appropriate economic development. (Vocational and Career Training).
organizations to accomplish its mission. Workforce development is a critical
• Projects in economically distressed Additional Guiding Principles for
Training component to building sustainable
communities will have priority for
public infrastructure and self-sufficient
Denali Commission assistance. • Training should increase the skills communities in Alaska.
• Projects should be compatible with and knowledge of local residents to
local cultures and values. become employed on jobs created by the Appendix A: Needs Assessment
• Projects that provide substantial Denali Commission’s investment in Supporting Information
health and safety benefit, and/or public facilities in a community. Power Utilities
enhance traditional community values, • In order to protect the federal
will generally receive priority over those investment, training should increase the Need: $300.8 million
that provide more narrow benefits. local capacity to operate and maintain Annual Funding: Denali Commission
• Projects should be community- Denali Commission funded public to establish.
based and regionally supported. infrastructure. Source: AEA Assessment, 2000.
• Projects should have broad public Background: 178 communities were
involvement and support. Evidence of Intergovernmental Coordination—The surveyed by the Alaska Energy
support might include endorsement by Memorandum of Understanding Authority (AEA) which was completed
affected local government councils The Denali Commission Act in 2000. The total need for power
(municipal, Tribal, IRA, etc.), recognizes that our mission can only be utilities which includes power plant

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construction, rehabilitation, average of $2,100,000 in 2001 to a construction funds provided by the


distribution, and cost reduction projects projected cost of $1,700,000 in 2004. State, EPA (non-Tribal Set-Aside), and
totals $300.8 million. The information The average cost of upgrading since the USDA—Rural Development.
presented below is separated by needs 2001 (including the 2003 Construction Both ANTHC and VSW work with
of communities that are part of the Season) is approximately $15.00 per rural communities to plan, design and
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative gallon. It is not anticipated that this cost construct sanitation systems. ANTHC
(AVEC) and all other remote will increase over the next few years. and VSW have developed a close
communities. In terms of storage capacity, AEA is working relationship despite the relative
approximately 48% complete with the recent transfer of the sanitation program
AVEC
initial scope of projects. Based upon from IHS to ANTHC in October 1998.
$76,000,000—Power Plant Construction current and projected funding, AEA The priority funding lists of both
and Rehabilitation. anticipates completing the program of organizations are coordinated and
$18,000,000—Wind Power Generation upgrading their respective project generally complement each other.
Projects. communities by 2010. ANTHC predominantly works in Alaska
$1,800,000—Other Power Distribution. Of AVEC’s 52 projects a total of 9 communities with Native-owned homes,
Total AVEC: $93,800,000. have been completed. Of the 42 whereas VSW works in all rural
Other Communities remaining communities, a total of communities (Native and non-Native). A
$131,000,000—Power Plant 9,800,000 gallons remains to be lead agency is designated for each
Construction and Rehabilitation. completed for AVEC communities. community receiving assistance. Lead
$20,000,000—Power Distribution agencies typically have responsibility
Water and Wastewater
Construction and Rehabilitation. for administering all state and federal
$56,000,000—Energy Cost Reduction Need: Current need: $650 million (FY funding in the community.
Projects*. 02 estimate for Alaska Natives only). Existing funding streams and
Total for other communities: (Funded Fiscal years 1960—2002: $1.33 programs are making progress towards
$207,000,000. billion). satisfying the overall need for sanitation
In terms of facility upgrades, AEA is Annual Funding: There are six facilities in rural Alaska. An estimated
approximately 10% complete with the existing primary funding sources for remaining need of $650 million and a
initial scope of projects. Based upon developing and improving water and current funding level of $108 million
current and projected funding, AEA wastewater facilities in rural Alaska. combine to suggest a 6-year timeframe
anticipates completing the program of Those sources and the amounts for meeting the need.
upgrading projects for communities contributed in federal fiscal year 2002 The Denali Commission has not
outside of AVEC by 2015. are shown below. targeted water and wastewater
* Energy Cost Reduction Projects improvements as a major initiative for
include: Alternative Energy Projects U.S. Public Health Service— infrastructure funding due to the level
(Wind $30 million and Hydro $20 Indian Health Service ........ $17,863,000 of funding and effort already underway
million) and Energy Efficiency Upgrades U.S. Environmental Protec- in this sector of critical infrastructure.
$6 million. tion Agency Drinking However, the Commission is involved
Water Tribal Set-Aside ...... 3,958,200 in improving, planning and interagency
Bulk Fuel Storage U.S. Environmental Protec- coordination.
Need: $362.5 million. tion Agency Clean Water
Annual Funding: $20 to $40 million Tribal Set-Aside ................ Primary Health Care Facilities
7,053,100
Denali Commission Funding. U.S. Environmental Protec- Identified Need: $253 Million as of
tion Agency Infrastructure
Source: AEA Assessment, 2000. October 1, 2000.
Grant ................................. 36,494,500
Background: The Alaska Energy $481 Million as of April 17, 2003 for
U.S. Department of
Authority (AEA) initiated an assessment Agriculture—Rural Devel- the total unmet need.
of bulk fuel tank farms in rural Alaska opment .............................. 23,120,000 $165 Million from the Commission to
communities in 1996. This assessment State of Alaska, Village Safe fully address clinic needs.
was completed in 2000. Water ................................. 19,873,370 Annual Funding: Typically $30
AEA is responsible for 141 projects Million/Year.
while the Alaska Village Electric Total ............................... 108,362,170 Source: Annual funding is a mixture
Cooperative (AVEC) has assumed of Health Resources Services
responsibility for 51 communities under While these amounts vary from year Administration (HRSA) funding and
construction agreements between the to year, the annual average for fiscal Denali Commission Base funding.
Commission and AVEC. years 1997 through 2002 is $85.7 Background: In October 2000 the
Of AEA’s 141 projects, 9 have been million. The trend has been towards Commission published the ‘‘Alaska
completed by others. The balance of 132 increased funding levels. Rural Primary Care Facility Needs
AEA projects has a bulk capacity Background: Assistance in developing Assessment—Final Report’’. The report
upgrade need of approximately water and wastewater facilities in rural looked at primary care clinic
26,000,000 gallons. This average is Alaska is provided to communities improvements in 288 Alaskan
anticipated to decline as AEA through two programs. The Alaska communities with a minimum
undertakes projects that are lower on Native Tribal Health Consortium population size of 20 year-round
the deficiency list and thus require less (ANTHC) is the organization responsible residents, and lacking in-patient
effort to upgrade. To date (including the for administering Indian Health Service, services (hospital). The report identified
2003 construction season), AEA has and EPA Indian Set-Aside sanitation an unmet primary care need of $253
upgraded 9,500,000 gallons of capacity construction funds in Alaska. The Million.
and has projected that 11,000,000 of Alaska Department of Environmental Not long after the report was
capacity remain to be upgraded. Conservation’s Village Safe Water published the Commission recognized
The average project size AEA has (VSW) program is the organization that the unmet primary care need for
undertaken is decreasing in size from an responsible for administering sanitation ‘‘hospital’’ communities was extremely

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high and was not reflected in the Final provide behavioral health and dental construction cost increases. Listed in
Report. Within two years, the services most health organizations felt the table below is the revised estimate
Commission also recognized that the were minimally necessary. The to fully address expected local and
clinic space guidelines developed for Commission has increased their space regional interests in improved primary
the Final Report did not correspond to guidelines approximately 20%. In care facilities.
the needed square footage necessary to addition, there are normal inflationary

APRIL 2003 ESTIMATE FOR PRIMARY CARE FACILITIES


Denali funds Match required
Total (millions) (millions) 65% 35%

Total Unmet Need ........................................................................................................... $481 $313 $168


Demand Adjustment—20% reduction ............................................................................. ($96) ($63) ($34)
Funded in FY2001 and FY2002 ...................................................................................... ($77) ($50) ($27)
Estimated Funding For FY2003 ...................................................................................... ($54) ($35) ($19)

Total Remaining Unmet Need ......................................................................................... $254 $165 $89

Total costs to fund the expected local sponsor is required to contribute between FHWA and BIA funding for
demand for primary care infrastructure 6.25% in the form of match. The current roads is the long-term maintenance
development after the FY2003 funding AIP authorizing legislation expires on obligation. Under FHWA, the recipient
cycle are estimated at $254 million September 30, 2003, and at this time, it is responsible for maintenance in
dollars. At current match requirements, is unknown what changes Congress may perpetuity, with no federal support for
the match will be $89 million dollars of incorporate into the AIP legislation. this activity. Under the BIA funding
that total, and the Denali Commission system, such roads are then added to the
Road Construction and Major
requirement will be $165 million. The Indian Reservation Road system (IRR)
Maintenance
Commission has noticed a trend that and are eligible for a share of a national
about 1 in 5 communities surveyed Need: $8.6 billion. pot of money allocated to maintenance
(from the Final Report) are not Annual Funding: $260–350 million. of IRR roads.
interested in improvements to primary Source: Transportation Needs and Through the recent TEA–21 era,
care facilities due to sustainability and Priorities in Alaska (November 2002) average funding levels have been
health service operational concerns. and Transportation Investment Analysis approximately $350 million per year, up
(Spring 2002), published by the State of substantially from the approximately
Airport Facilities Alaska Department of Transportation $220 million under ISTEA (1991–1997).
Need: $1.3 billion. and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF). Most FHWA funding received by the
Annual Funding: $65–90 million. Background: Improved surface state stays in larger auto-dependent
Source: Transportation Needs and transportation can have many positive communities, with some funding going
Priorities in Alaska (November 2002) effects including lowering costs for to rural communities largely for
and Transportation Investment Analysis goods and services, improving village to sanitation roads and trail markings.
(Spring 2002), published by the State of village interaction, and allowing for Funding for projects off the road system
Alaska Department of Transportation state and federal investments in schools, goes primarily to the larger hub
and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF). clinics, airports, harbors, and tank farms communities.
Background: Alaska’s extensive to serve more communities per project. The existing authorizing legislation,
aviation system plays a crucial role in Because of its vast geographic expanse TEA–21, expires on September 30, 2003.
the movement of people and goods and young age as a state, Alaska Congressional changes to the
throughout the state. In many parts of continues to require significant reauthorization are unknown at this
rural Alaska, aviation serves as the resources for transportation time. However, given the current
principal link between communities. improvements. economic climate, estimates of future
There are 1,112 designated airports, The list of unmet surface federal funding are not as optimistic as
seaplane bases, and aircraft landing transportation needs in Alaska is about those made one year ago.
areas in the State of Alaska. The 1,950 projects with a total estimated
ADOT&PF owns and operates 261 cost approximating $8.6 billion. The Port Facilities
public airports, the majority of Alaska’s primary funding source for surface Need: $300 million.
public airports. 23 public airports are transportation projects in Alaska is Annual Funding: $7 to 15 million.
owned and operated by local federal-aid highway funding, which Source: Transportation Needs and
governments. flows through the Federal Highway Priorities in Alaska (November 2002)
Nearly all of Alaska’s airport capital Administration (FHWA) and the Federal and Transportation Investment Analysis
improvements rely on funding from the Transit Administration (FTA). State (Spring 2002), published by the State of
Federal Aviation Trust Fund. This fund, funds are required to match these Alaska Department of Transportation
supported by federal taxes on airline federal funds; for most highway and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF).
tickets, cargo, and fuel, supplies monies projects, the federal ratio is 91 percent. Background: With over 30,000 miles
for capital improvements through the The State of Alaska administers most of shoreline, relatively few roads, and
Airport Improvement Program (AIP), of the FHWA funding allocated to 90 percent of the state’s population
which is authorized for funding on an Alaska with the exception of money living within ten miles of the coast or
annual basis. In recent years, AIP specifically designated for the Bureau of along a major river, Alaska’s marine
entitlement funds for Alaska’s airports Indian Affairs (BIA), which currently facilities are integral to the local,
varied from approximately $65 million amounts to approximately $17 million statewide, and international
to $90 million annually. The state or per year. One important distinction transportation of goods and people.

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Ports and harbors have no federal Community Facilities cooperation with appropriate
capital assistance program comparably Need: Unknown. organizations will foster the
to the highway and airport funding Annual Funding: Unknown. development of a system. This is
programs. Federal funds for ports and Background: Communities have a illustrated by the Commission’s efforts
harbors come through the U.S. Army need for community assembly facilities in partnership with the Alaska
Corps of Engineers. The Corps for various purposes, including Department of Health and Social
distributes funding on a nationally planning, meetings, traditional Services, the Indian Health Service, and
competitive, project-by-project basis. functions, and recreation for youth. the Alaska Native Tribal Health
State and local communities in Alaska These facilities, when available, are Consortium to develop a prioritization
have been awarded between $7 and 15 heavily used in rural communities. No methodology for primary health care
million annually in federal funding for assessment mechanism is in place for facilities.
all Corps of Engineers programs in determining statewide needs for • Theme selection is a methodical
recent years. For construction, the Corps community facilities. process. The Commission has stressed
requires between 20 and 35 percent the importance of comprehensive
match for projects such as dredging Appendix B: Program Principles investigation and exploration of
basins, docks, floats, grids, and upland Supporting Information infrastructure themes so that
facilities. Though not a dedicated Rural Infrastructure Development Commission resources are strategically
funding source, the Marine Users Fuel In the evolution of the Denali funneled to ‘‘gaps’’ in state and federal
Tax is the traditional foundation of Commission and its approach to funding streams. Carrying out needs
small boat harbor improvements in the infrastructure development some assessments on various infrastructure
State, and general obligation bonds have principles have been established. These themes is central to the development of
been the foundation of State assisted include the following: a theme. Energy, telecommunications,
port development. • Selection of infrastructure themes and rural primary health care facilities
Telecommunications for allocating funds. In FY99 rural are examples of assessments that were
energy was selected as the primary initiated in conjunction with interested
Need: Unknown. infrastructure theme. That priority was state and federal agencies in the
Annual Funding: $7.5m in FY03 continued in FY00, and is expected to Commission’s first year.
funding for Regulatory Commission of continue in FY01 and beyond. In FY00 • Commission partners are
Alaska’s Rural Broadband Internet Grant rural health care facilities were selected responsible for compliance with
Program. Several other funding support as the second infrastructure theme. procedural and substantive legal
mechanisms including Universal Other themes may be selected in future requirements. It is the expectation of the
Service Fund also exist. years. Denali Commission that partners will
Background: In January 2001, the • Selection of program/project comply with all applicable local, state
partners to carry out infrastructure and federal laws in carrying out
Denali Commission, in partnership with
development. The Alaska Energy Commission funded programs/projects.
the State of Alaska, completed an
Authority (AEA) was selected as the For example, the partner must address
inventory of available
Denali Commission’s first partner for NEPA and OSHA regulations, federal
telecommunication services in rural
rural energy projects. AEA was selected auditing requirements, competitive
Alaska. Among other findings, the
because of its demonstrated capability procurement issues and so forth. As a
inventory found that 61% of all Alaskan
to prioritize and implement rural energy result, the Commission will look to
communities do not have access to local
projects. The Alaska Village Electric partners who have demonstrated both
dial-up Internet service. This identified
Cooperative was selected as the second administrative and program/project
need is being addressed through the
energy partner and Alaska Native Tribal management success.
Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s
Rural Broadband Internet Grant Program Health Consortium was selected as the • Adherence to the successful project
and Telecommunications Industry Commission’s primary partner for clinic management elements of time, budget
investment and expansion of Internet design and construction. The overriding and quality. Each of these factors is
offerings in most rural communities in point in selection of a program/project central to Denali Commission
the next 1–3 years. partner is that the Commission wishes agreements with partners. The
to utilize existing capabilities provided Commission wants to put our partners
Solid Waste Disposal Facilities by state or federal agencies or other in a position of success in meeting the
organizations. More than one partner triple constraint of project management:
Need: Unknown.
may be identified to participate in Deliver the project on time, on budget
Annual Funding: Generally less than carrying out Commission sponsored and completion of the full project scope
$1,000,000. programs/projects for a particular in a cost effective manner. The
Background: Solid waste disposal is a theme. challenge to the Commission is to allow
necessity for all rural Alaska • Project selection by the Commission sufficient flexibility for each partner to
communities as it is for every and/or the program/project partner must carry out the programs/projects within
community in the country. Observation be defendable and credible. In the case their own established methods while
would indicate that the majority of rural of AEA, two separate comprehensive assuring confident project completion
Alaska communities do not have statewide project priority lists had been and meeting all requirements of
facilities that meet basic legal developed—one for bulk fuel storage applicable laws and regulations. For
requirements for solid waste disposal. facilities, and a second for power example, the AEA employs a project
The State of Alaska is preparing a state generation/distribution projects. As in methodology that relies heavily on force
solid waste/regionalization plan. That the case of AEA the Commission will account construction (locally sponsored
plan will be available in the fall of 2003 utilize existing credible priority government crews). AEA also uses
and will include recommendations for systems. Where a credible statewide construction contracting to a lesser
managing solid wastes in the different priority methodology for a selected degree. In short, each agreement with a
regions of the State. theme does not exist, the Commission in partner organization must be tailored to

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fit their approach to program/project storage facilities, it is creating numerous • The Commission will serve as a
management. jobs related to the construction of these catalyst for identification and removal
facilities and must develop a strategy to of unnecessary economic development
Rural Energy Approach
ensure local residents are properly barriers by government.
AEA has employed a two-step trained to receive these jobs.
approach to bulk fuel project funding Regional Development Strategy
The Denali Commission’s Training
that is strongly supported by the Strategy creates a statewide system to The Denali Commission encourages
Commission. Starting at the top of the increase the local employment rates in communities/tribes to build a local
AEA priority list, projects are provided Alaskan communities through the comprehensive plan and strategy, a
35% design funds one or more years development of skills necessary to component of which will be economic
before being eligible for capital funding. construct, maintain, and operate public development. A comprehensive plan
This allows for more accurate project infrastructure. may also be referred to as a
cost estimates, resolution of easement The Commission has approved 10% Development Strategy.
and land issues, development of of the FY00–FY 02 funding for Communities are encouraged to work
agreements between various local implementation of the Training with regional organizations such as
parties in site selection and tank farm Strategy. Through this funding the ARDOR’s, Regional Non-Profit
ownership/maintenance. This step also Commission ensures local residents are Corporations, Borough Governments
serves to filter projects that are not employed on public facility and Regional for-profit organizations to
ready for construction, for one reason or construction projects in their develop comprehensive strategies of
another, from advancing to the second communities, while also protecting the which economic development will be a
step of project funding. This two-step Denali Commission’s investment in component. Regional strategies should
approach ensures that funding does not infrastructure by ensuring local take into consideration existing regional
sit unused by projects that are not ready residents are properly trained in the planning and strategy efforts including,
for construction. Once a project has operations and maintenance of but not limited to, the efforts of the
resolved any obstacles at the 35% completed facilities. FAA, HUD, Alaska DOT, ANTHC,
design stage, then they are eligible for Alaska VSW, State Division of Public
The Denali Commission’s Training
capital funding. Health, Alaska Department of Public
Strategy involves several components
AEA will reevaluate its priority list Safety, regional non-profits and others.
that create a statewide system for job
from time to time in order to factor in The Denali Commission encourages
training outreach, coordination and
new information, particularly the state to assist with technical support
delivery in rural Alaska. The
information from the statewide energy and funding at the local and regional
Commission has partnered with several
strategy. This reevaluation may result in level to build local and regional
statewide organizations that will
some modification of the list. Funding development strategies. The Denali
perform the necessary functions that
priorities will also be subject to Commission also encourages state and
make up the Denali Commission’s
‘‘readiness to proceed’’ considerations federal governments to utilize the local
Training Strategy.
as described in part above. and regional development strategies
The Training Strategy provides the
Rural Primary Care Facilities Approach when prioritizing projects in the state or
Denali Commission the flexibility for
in a region.
In the past, communities constructed future investment in job training needs
clinics based upon available grant funds statewide. Currently the Commission’s Jeffrey B. Staser,
(typically community development partners and the Denali Training Fund Federal Co-Chair.
block grants of $200,000 to $500,000). are focusing on jobs created by the [FR Doc. 03–16416 Filed 6–27–03; 8:45 am]
Consequently clinic square footage was construction of energy and health BILLING CODE 3300–01–P
based upon available funding and not related projects. In the future, the
necessarily upon health care delivery Training Strategy will focus its efforts
service appropriate for the population on other areas where the Commission is DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
and demographics of the community. investing.
Many clinics are therefore undersized. Economic Development Strategy Submission for OMB Review;
In FY99 the Commission allocated Comment Request
$300,000 to undertake a needs The Denali Commission in not a
funding agency for traditional economic AGENCY: Department of Education.
assessment for rural primary care
facilities. The needs assessment was development activities. The SUMMARY: The Leader, Regulatory
completed in October 2000 and Commission has a strategy that outlines Information Management Group, Office
included a database of primary health the appropriate role of the Commission of the Chief Information Officer invites
care facility needs statewide as well as in the area of economic development. comments on the submission for OMB
a project prioritization methodology. The strategy includes the following review as required by the Paperwork
The Commission’s investments in rural components: Reduction Act of 1995.
health facilities is based on this needs • The Commission, where DATES: Interested persons are invited to
assessment. appropriate will play the role of submit comments on or before July 30,
convener, bringing potential economic 2003.
Job Training Strategy development participants together to ADDRESSES: Written comments should
The Commission realizes that proper support projects that meet Commission be addressed to the Office of
and prudent investment in public Standards outlined in paragraph IV Information and Regulatory Affairs,
infrastructure must include a below. Attention: Karen Lee, Desk Officer,
component for training local residents • The Commission will act as a Department of Education, Office of
to maintain and operate publicly funded facilitator to assist in matching high Management and Budget, 725 17th
infrastructure. The Commission further priority, high potential public or private Street, NW., Room 10235, New
realizes that through its investment in investment opportunities with available Executive Office Building, Washington,
public infrastructure, such as bulk fuel funding sources. DC 20503 or should be electronically

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