Priorities and Recent Actions
As the legislative branch of the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Assembly is charged with setting policy for the Municipality.
The Assembly is guided by the 2022 Progress Report and Goals. Our 2022 priorities are:
- Port of Alaska Modernization - support rapid timeline that launches Phase II construction by summer 2024
- Monitor MOA Financial Health - build reserve funds and recover FEMA reimbursements
- Promote Economic Recovery - support housing, small business and workforce development; prepare for Federal Infrastructure Bill funds
- Public Health and Safety - fund public safety & mental health services; support Crisis Now model
- Assembly Communications - continue to share updates and make processes more accessible
Our goals are aligned around the following focus areas:
- Economic Development
- Public Safety
- Housing and Homelessness
- Quality of Life
ARPA Investment Review Series
Over the past two years, the Assembly has distributed $214M in federal relief funds through the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help businesses, organizations and individuals survive the pandemic. The Assembly held a series of worksessions with past recipients in March 2022 to hear how funds were used and learn lessons for the future.
ARPA Investment Review Series
KTUU - Anchorage Assembly is exploring how to best use next round of COVID relief funds
#1: Tourism Industry – click here to view
#2: Food, Housing and Childcare – click here to view
#3: Economic Development – click here to view
#4: Families and Quality of Life – click here to view
#5: Workforce Development and Training – click here to view
Every ten years after the U.S. Census is complete, governments across the country update their election districts to match the new population data. In Anchorage, the process is called Reapportionment and is led by a Reapportionment Committee, which is charged with reviewing the State final redistricting plan, taking public input, and developing proposed maps for the Anchorage Assembly to consider for adoption to realign the boundaries of the six Assembly Election Districts to ensure fair and equal representation. At the March 1 Assembly meeting, the Assembly voted to move forward with Map 11v2 by Weddleton/Wells (AO 2022-37(S-1). At the Special Assembly meeting on March 23, the Assembly passed AO 2022-37(S-1), As Amended. They also declared a process to fill the 12th seat, now known as Seat L and hold a special election mail-in/vote at home to fill that seat on June 21, 2022. Visit the Reapportionment Project page.
Pandemic Safety and Recovery Efforts
Throughout the pandemic, the Assembly has worked to pass health and safety measures and deliver financial aid to community members and businesses. Assembly Actions Regarding COVID-19.
American Rescue Plan Act Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
On May 18, 2021 the Anchorage Assembly passed AR No. 2021-167(S), As Amended, a resolution appropriating American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 Local Fiscal Recovery Funds in an amount not to exceed $51,658,683 and allocating in the same amount to projects and programs, when tendered, to the Federal Direct Grants Fund 241900.
Coronavirus Relief Fund
Last year, the Anchorage Assembly, Municipal staff, and community partners successfully allocated and distributed around $156 Million dollars from the CARES Act. During March and April 2021, the Assembly, with input from the public, worked to determine the priorities for the approximately $100 Million expected from the 2021 American Recovery Plan (ARP). Anchorage residents were encouraged to attend meetings, fill out our feedback form with your thoughts, voice your opinions, and contact Assembly members about how to best utilize this funding. Funding Allocations.
Alcohol Tax Implementation
In 2020, the Assembly was tasked to appropriate the funds from the Municipality's new alcohol tax. Learn more about our process.
Alcohol Tax Information Sheet
Public Portal to Access Assembly Documents
The Assembly and the MOA Office of Information Technology have created a Public Portal to access Assembly documents. Access the portal here: Assembly Public Portal to Assembly Documents (muni.org). Press Release.
Welcoming Anchorage is a collaboration between the Municipality of Anchorage, local businesses, and organizations, that strives to reinforce Anchorage as a place proud of our heritage and poised to position ourselves as a globally competitive, culturally vibrant 21st century community.
A resilient city bounces back from acute shocks and tackles chronic stresses. Anchorage is becoming more resilient by building a sustainable city, mobilizing volunteers, engaging partners, and creating a vibrant workforce. Resilient Anchorage is the place to be!