Roger Brooks "Road to Recovery"||
The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation coordinated the Roger Brooks "Road to Recovery," a project to assess the pandemic's impact in the community. The assessment, created by Roger Brooks, international destination development expert, encompassed downtown and surrounding areas and used activities like “secret shopping," to develop ideas, options, and ways Anchorage can recover and start on a path of success post-COVID. Findings from the evaluation were presented at the
AEDC 3-Year Outlook Luncheon on August 3, 2022. Learn more about the findings and review the AEDC 2022 Economic Forecast Report. |
Chugiak Eagle River Senior Center||
Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center provides services to seniors age 60 and over as well as disabled adults who live in the greater Chugiak, Eagle River and Eklutna areas that are geared toward helping individuals maintain their independence and remain in their chosen community. Funding strengthened broadband capacity and internet services to allow for installation of security cameras and improve internet access for residents, staff, members and guests. Learn more about the Chugiak Eagle River Senior Center.|
Anchorage Youth Court||
Anchorage Youth Court (AYC) is a diversionary program for youth in grades 7 through 12 who are accused of breaking the law. Rather than receiving a formal juvenile record, accused youth are judged by their peers, who take on the roles of attorneys, judges, bailiffs, clerks, and jurors during the trials. Funding allowed the program to continue and expand during the pandemic. Learn more about the Anchorage Youth Court.|
Northern Culture Exchange||
A nonprofit dedicated to putting Alaskan creativity to work, Northern Culture Exchange unites Alaskan and circumpolar arts and creative programs. Funding granted through ARPA in 2021 supported a targeted economic impact study, ecosystem assessment, and set of strategies and policy recommendations to reignite Anchorages creative economy and ancillary businesses, including Anchorage’s music and night time businesses, tourism, and economic development sectors. Learn more about the report in progress.|
Bike Racks Across the Town||$80,000|
|ARPA Funds distributed to Bike Anchorage funded the installation of bicycle racks throughout the Municipality to provide more options for tourists and residents alike to access attractions and local businesses and connect with outdoor public spaces.
Learn more about Bike Anchorage. |
|Midtown Improvement District||
The Midtown Community Council pursued the exploration and organization around the formation of a Midtown Improvement District to promote security, safety and economic stimulus in Midtown. ARPA Funds enabled outside
expertise on the size of the district, necessary steps to create a tax improvement district and the scope of the work the district may wish to fund.
Learn more about the Midtown Community Council.
|Alaska Works Partnership ||
The first trade program to receive state funding in the country, the Alaska Works Partnership offers free and low-cost trade training to the Anchorage community. The organization provides basic skills training, industry education, and career coaching to Anchorage community members who are interested in a career in Alaska's construction, oil, gas, mining, transportation and maritime industries.
ARPA funding ignited a recruitment and retention push to meet rising needs for skilled trade professionals. Learn more about AWP.
|McDonald (MAC) Center ||$200,000|
|A premier sports facility in Eagle River, the Harry J. McDonald Memorial is home to an Olympic size ice rink, a 170’ x 75’ multi-use turf field, 2 lane walking/jogging track, and 2 community meeting rooms, offering families an array of healthy activities. ARPA funding contributed to the MAC Center's stability in response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more about the MAC Center. |
Anchorage Downtown Partnership||
|A non-profit entity charged with management of the Downtown Improvement District, the Anchorage Downtown Partnership received funds to to continue and expand their efforts to provide a clean and safe downtown, and invest in the activation of public spaces in the downtown through a variety of efforts which aim to ensure the vitality of downtown. Further, these funds will be used to attract additional financial support to accomplish a broad array of projects including façade improvements, wayfinding with Indigenous place names, murals, Winter City activation.
Learn more about the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. |
Shiloh Community Housing LIFE@Work||$300,000|
Shiloh Community Housing, Inc. (“SCHI”) is a 501c(3) faith based, Black-led nonprofit organization addressing homelessness by offering accessibility to affordable, quality housing and eliminating the main causes of homelessness, including lack of education, poor financial management, social barriers, lack of health and wellness knowledge, barriers to technology as well as lack of support and empathy from the community.
SCHI's LIFE@Work program removes employment barriers by providing work readiness training, job training, work experience opportunities and wellness guidance to young adults 16 – 24 years of age. Funding not only supported the LIFE@Work program; funding was also used for LIFE, a transitional housing program for young adults experiencing homelessness who also experience employment barriers.
|Mountain View Health Services||
|Mountain View Health Services operates a non-profit community health clinic in Mountain View, Alaska offering high quality and convenient primary care, urgent care, and counseling services to residents.
Federal relief funds directly addressed the rising health needs of the community, funding the expansion of medical offices and clinic space to keep staff and patients safe. “COVID-proofing” measures included a negative pressure and “air-scrubbing” ventilation system with heat recovery and other clinic modifications.
Learn more about Mountain View Health Services.
|Anchorage Cultural Pillars||$2,000,000|
|Anchorage's Cultural Pillars, including the
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts,
Alaska Native Heritage Center, Anchorage Museum,
The Alaska Zoo and
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center are vital community assets. ARPA funds were directed to the pillars collectively, with 50% of the funding divided equally among the organizations and 50% divided by the size of the organization.
Learn more about funding to the Cultural Pillars. |
|United Way of Anchorage Restaurant and Hunger Relief Program||$2,800,000|
|This innovative Restaurant and Hunger Relief program brings desperately needed revenue to Anchorage restaurants, keeps Alaskans on the job, and provides meals to families and individuals struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. Leveraging ARPA funds and third-party donations, the project served more than 322,000 meals across Anchorage to 34 nonprofit and shelter sites from 65 restaurants in 2021.|
Learn more about the Restaurant and Hunger Relief Program.
|UAA Fast Track Career Certificate Program||$5,000,000|
|The only public, urban university in the state, the University of Alaska Anchorage serves the diverse workforce development needs of Alaskans. ARPA Funding supported the Fast Track Career Certificate program at UAA, which offers short-term, job- oriented certificates requiring 16-19 credits over 2-3 semesters. |
With a focus on serving those who are unemployed, the program offers re-training and skill upgrades during a critical time so more individuals are ready and capable as jobs return.
Learn more about the UAA Fast Track Career Certificate Program.