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Denali Commission to host Juneau listening session

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Have you worked with the Denali Commission or are you familiar with its work in your community? Do you have any suggestions about what types of projects the Denali Commission should be doing? The Denali Commission wants to hear from you.

The Denali Commission invites partners and the public to attend a Juneau listening session from 9-11 a.m. on Friday at the Douglas Room in the Baranof Hotel, 127 N. Franklin St. This event is part of a statewide series of listening sessions, and the Juneau session is held in conjunction with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Central Council of Tling┐t and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

The Denali Commission also hosted listening sessions in Anchorage, Bethel, Fairbanks and Nome where local and rural partners provided Denali Commission staff with ideas and strategies to help make the commission more effective as it moves into the next decade.

Since its creation in 1998, the Denali Commission has leveraged more than $1 billion of federal and other funds to support energy, transportation, health care, education, housing and training in rural Alaska. The Denali Commission illustrates how the federal and state government can work together to assist the most remote of Alaska citizens help themselves to move closer to economic self-sufficiency, while preserving values and improving their health and quality of life.

The Denali Commission especially wants to hear from Alaskans on these three topics:

*Why is the Denali Commission important to rural Alaska?

*What recommendations would you make as to the manner in which the Denali Commission does business?

*What should the future role and/or focus of the Denali Commission be in rural Alaska?

For those people not able to physically attend the Juneau listening session, written comments will be accepted through Friday, April 15. Written comments can be directed to Karen Johnson at (907) 271-3036 or karenj@denali.gov, or to Monica Armstrong at (907) 271-1414 or marmstrong@denali.gov. For more information about the work of the Denali Commission, go to http://www.denali.gov/.┐



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