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March 31st, 2021
CHAMBER MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Chugiak-Eagle River Professional's Group
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Tuesday April 6th, 2021
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What is C-PACE?

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing is a form of long term, low-interest financing enabled by state and local government legislation. The Program will be offered to commercial property owners on a strictly voluntary basis. Private capital providers provide financing for up to 100% of all hard and soft costs associated with eligible energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements made to eligible property. Financing is repaid as a special property tax assessment by the property owner over the full useful life of the improvements or 20 years, whichever is shorter. Qualified improvements are fixed to existing privately owned commercial or industrial property and are intended to reduce energy consumption or demand, energy costs, or emissions affecting local air quality.
 
The unique characteristic of PACE assessments is that the assessment is attached to the property rather than an individual, as a lien. The PACE repayment obligation transfers automatically to the next owner if the property is transferred or conveyed or may be voluntarily prepaid. The loan is paid to the Municipality with property taxes as with other special assessments (mostly related to water and wastewater).
 
C-PACE legislation has been adopted by over 30 states and thousands of county and municipal governments. C-PACE financing drives private sector investment in local communities, creates energy efficiencies and energy jobs, helps local governments meet efficiency and clean energy standards, and lowers the cost of energy. The Municipality of Anchorage is the first local government to work towards establishing a C-PACE Program in Alaska.
 
More info: www.AKcpace.com and www.muni.org/cpace  
As Reported by the Federation of Community Councils:
FCC Informational Alert
Anchorage Assembly Announces
Thorough Public Process
for Deliberation of COVID-19 Relief Dollars
This email is being sent to all Community Councils since it is of interest to many. Please contact the Assembly with any questions or comments at All Assembly ​members: wwmas@anchorageak.gov. Please do not reply to this email.
Since the Community Council Center did not send this out prior to the first meeting therefore we are posting the link to the video of the first meeting on March 19th HERE (five plus hours).
The Anchorage Assembly has released its plan for a thorough public process to determine the allocation of new COVID-19 relief dollars.
Last week, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
This COVID-19 relief bill allocates $120 billion for city and county governments to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Although the amount is still unknown, the Municipality of Anchorage is expected to receive a considerable sum of dollars to continue our efforts to mitigate COVID-19.
The Municipality of Anchorage will be receiving this money in two tranches, with 50% of the dollars received within 60 days of the signing of the bill and the other 50% received 12 months later. Treasury will be releasing additional information in the coming weeks, both about the COVID-19 relief we are expecting as well as other tranches of dollars the MOA may be receiving.
As a reminder, the MOA received $156 million last year through the CARES Act and a variety of programs were created to assist our community with those dollars, including small business relief, tourism relief, hospitality relief, rent and mortgage relief, and more.
Below is the process the Assembly will be engaging in beginning Friday, March 19.
Phase 1: Assess, Review, Public Dialogue, and Initial Allocations
-       Friday, March 19, 11:10 a.m. to 4 p.m., was an In-Person Work session in the Assembly Chambers with meeting Live Streamed on YouTube and GCI Channel 9
o  The Assembly reviewed assessments of previous programs.
o  The Assembly reviewed the framework and priorities document adopted during the first round of COVID-19 stimulus in 2020.
o  The Assembly met with various stakeholders – including program operators, business associations, and individual businesses – on major programs:
§ Small Business Relief
§ Tourism Relief
§ Nonprofit Relief
§ Community Institutions Relief
o  Last, the Assembly discussed the initial allocations of roughly 20 to 25% of the dollars to the Municipality of Anchorage (amount is yet unknown). We want to get a portion of the money out as fast as possible and this will allow us to give guidance to the administration. 
-       Tuesday, March 23, 5 p.m., Regular Assembly Meeting, In-Person, in the Assembly Chambers
o  Meeting to introduce the resolution with initial allocations and set it for a public hearing and vote for a Special Assembly Meeting on Thursday, March 25.
-       Thursday, March 25, 6 p.m., Special Assembly Meeting, In-Person, in the Assembly Chambers
o  Public hearing and vote on resolution with initial allocation of 20 to 25% of the dollars to the MOA.
Phase 2: Plan, Public Dialogue, and Final Allocations
DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON EVOLVING FEDERAL GUIDANCE
-       Friday, March 26, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., In-Person Worksession and Town Hall in the Assembly Chambers with meeting Live Streamed on YouTube and GCI Channel 9
o  5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Work session to review federal guidance and begin discussion to determine allocations of remainder of funds.
o  8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Town Hall style discussion.
-       Friday, April 9, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., In-Person Work session and Town Hall in the Assembly Chambers with meeting Live Streamed on YouTube and GCI Channel 9
o  5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Second meeting to discuss and finalize allocations.
o  8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Town Hall style discussion.
-       Tuesday, April 13, 5 p.m., Regular Assembly Meeting, In-Person, in the Assembly Chambers
o  Meeting to introduce the resolution or ordinance with final allocations and set for a public hearing and vote for a special Assembly meeting on April 8.
-       Friday, April 23, 12noon to 1 p.m., In-Person Worksession and Town Hall in the Assembly Chambers with meeting Live Streamed on YouTube and GCI Channel 9
o  Review of resolution or ordinance with final allocations.
-       Tuesday, April 27, 5 p.m., Regular Assembly Meeting, In-Person, in the Assembly Chambers
o  Public hearing and vote on resolution or ordinance with final allocations.
Individual Assembly Members / District Members are encouraged to organize District or Community Council dialogues in addition to the process outlined above.
FEMA - Vaccination Information & Resources Guide

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Dunleavy Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Available to All Alaskans

March 9, 2021 (Juneau, AK) – Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy today announced effective immediately the COVID-19 vaccine is available for all individuals who live or work in Alaska and are age 16 and older, making Alaska the first state in the nation to remove eligibility requirements.

“This historic step is yet another nationwide first for Alaska, but it should come as no surprise. Since day one, your response to the pandemic has been hands-down the best in the nation,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “I couldn’t be prouder of Alaska’s response. From being the first state to offer widespread testing, to maintaining one of the lowest mortality rates in the country, to rolling out vaccinations to every willing Alaskan, we got here by working together.”

“It is a great day for Alaskans wanting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Adam Crum, Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. “I want to thank Governor Dunleavy for this opportunity and if Alaskans had any questions about vaccine eligibility and criteria, I hope today’s announcement clears it up for you, simply put, you are eligible to get the vaccine.”

The Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals who are 16 and older, while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the Moderna vaccine are available to individuals who are 18 and older. All three authorized vaccines have shown to be very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death caused by COVID-19.

Regions including Kodiak Island, the Petersburg Borough, and the Kusilvak Census Area are nearing or exceeding 90% vaccination rates among seniors. In the Nome Census Area, over 60% of residents age 16 and over have received at least one shot, and roughly 291,000 doses have been administered statewide.

“A healthy community means a healthy economy. With widespread vaccinations available to all Alaskans who live or work here, we will no doubt see our economy grow and our businesses thrive,” said Governor Dunleavy.

Visit covidvax.alaska.gov or call 1-907-646-3322 for more information and to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination.
Anchorage Assembly Meeting

View 03.23.2021 Assembly Meeting - View HERE
During this unprecedented time, GCU is helping to bring a sense of normalcy to our lives by taking advantage of this current time at home to invest in personal educational goals and potentially move up on the pay scale at the same time. As many parents have unexpectedly become teachers they are showing their children and students the value of education in the face of uncertainty, there is still no time like the present! GCU is currently offering a 25% scholarship on all master-level education programs and we also offer 10% off to all Chamber Members on all other programs. I am offering Zoom Meetings in lieu of face to face meetings at this time to help with everything from the application to the first day of class. Call, text, or email me today to start taking advantage of this rare opportunity during this unexpected time at home. 907-201-1965 hannah.meneses@gcu.edu
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