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Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference

Newsletter - April 2021

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We hope this edition of the SWAMC Newsletter finds you healthy and in good spirits. It was a long, cold winter, but we are now on the downhill side of the snow and ice, and we are sure grateful! The COVID vaccine rollout in our region has been a tremendous success in large part due to the critical partnerships between our tribal health organizations, our local clinics, and the great folks at the Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services. 

The rapid advance of successful COVID treatment protocols combined with the success of the vaccine rollout has given our region confidence as we move carefully back to what life was like pre-pandemic. The courage, creativity, and determination of the wonderful people who make their home in the SWAMC region has been extraordinary to see, and valuable lessons have been learned by all during this extremely challenging time. Southwest Strong indeed!

Economic Recovery & Resiliency Survey

SWAMC is launching a new project to develop an Economic Recovery & Resiliency Plan to help the region rebound from the pandemic's economic effects. This research will help us learn how our region was impacted by the pandemic – what worked, what didn’t, and what our communities might do differently in the future. As the first part of this project, we invite you to participate in our survey gauging the impact of COVID-19 on residents of Southwest Alaska.

Your participation is critical to the success of this work! We hope to receive a strong response from our communities, so please share this link with your friends, co-workers, and family members as well. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and individual responses will be kept strictly confidential.

As a thank you: At the end of the survey, respondents will have the option to enter a drawing to win one of eight (8) $50 Visa gift cards!

Please contact Katie Berry at McKinley Research Group, our partner firm on this project, with any questions at [email protected]

Take the Survey

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is a new COVID relief funding program established under the American Rescue Plan Act meant to assist restaurants and bars affected by the lack of business during the pandemic. The link below takes you to the Alaska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) website for information on upcoming webinars that cover eligibility, allowable use of the funds, how and when to apply, and where to access application assistance. 

This program is a very generous one, and you can apply even if you have already received PPP or EIDL funds in the past year. If this applies to you or a business you know, please share and use the resources available at SBDC to get ready to apply as soon as the program opens. Funding will go fast, so this will allow you to be ready when the program opens.

RRF Information

Have an announcement or story to share with the region?

Let us know! We may be able to include it in our next newsletter.

Call (907) 562-7380 or email [email protected].


  • Shirley Marquardt, Executive Director
  • Laura Vaught, Economic Development Specialist
  • Brooks Duncan, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

SWAMC Board of Directors

  • Paul Gronholdt - President
  • Terry Haines - Vice President
  • Mary Swain - Treasurer
  • Layton Lockett
  • Julie Kavanaugh
  • Myra Olsen
  • Dennis Robinson
  • Mayor Alice Ruby
  • Darren Muller
  • Joe Sullivan
  • Glen Gardner, Jr.

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