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Roadmap to a Vital and Safe Anchorage

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RVSA BEGINNINGS

The Roadmap to a Vital and Safe Anchorage was born out of a need to make Anchorage more resilient and sustainable.  The COVID 19 pandemic called for rapid response to get Anchorage’s economy going again.  Businesses, non-profit organizations, and industry leaders grabbed hold of this call to action and began the process of developing a plan focused on implementation, execution, and clearly defined results.  With a focused vision to guide reopening a safe and vibrant Anchorage in time for the 2021 spring/summer tourism season, the planning process includes the following criteria:

  • FULL PARTICIPATION: The Municipality, business, and economic sectors will develop and implement the plan. Participation in planning and implementation is diverse, inclusive, and represents the entire community of Anchorage. The plan spans any changes in leadership within the Municipality.
  • ACTION FOCUSED: The plan is focused on implementation and action. The plan includes both short- and long-term actions contributing to economic sustainability during and after the Pandemic.
  • LEVERAGES BEST PRACTICES: The plan leverages lessons learned from communities worldwide and seeks to adapt the best practices to benefit our community.

RVSA’S Strategic Direction

Throughout February 2021, over 110 business, non-profit, and organization leaders gathered four times to develop the Vision, Barriers, Strategic Actions and begin focused Implementation for the Roadmap to a Vital and Safe Anchorage.

RVSA Implementation

Since March of 2021, RVSA Implementation groups have met bi-weekly to define the accomplishments they would like to make in service to the larger Vision. The following is a snapshot of the current work implementation groups are doing:

MEETING DATES

The RVSA continues to work through implementation. Over the next six months, from September 2021, through February 2022, RVSA will host Work Sessions and Update Meetings. Registration is required for these virtual meetings. The registration links provide access to all meetings in the grouping. For meeting summaries and recordings, as well as all other RVSA planning information, please visit our Dropbox folder.

WORK SESSIONS

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 3:30 – 5 pm

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 3:30 – 5 pm

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 3:30 – 5 pm

ZOOM LINK FOR ALL SESSIONS

UPDATES

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021 4-5 pm

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 4-5 pm

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 4-5 pm

ZOOM LINK FOR ALL SESSIONS

"MAKE IT MONDAY" FORUM SERIES

PART I

Local Anchorage organizations currently offer a wealth of opportunities and resources for new and growing businesses. Chris Schutte, Municipality of Anchorage, Jon Bittner, Alaska SBDC, and Kirk Rose, Anchorage Community Land Trust will go over their programs and incentives, who is eligible, and how to apply to get the ball rolling towards your business goals. WATCH

PART II

Local Anchorage organizations currently offer a wealth of opportunities and resources for new and growing businesses. Learn from another collection of community partners including Erin Baca, 49th State Angel Fund, Gretchen Fauske, UAA Center for Economic Development, and Gianna Varrati, Anchorage Upskilling Program Manager for Gener8tor, about their programs and incentives, who is eligible, and how to apply to get the ball rolling towards your business goals. WATCH

PART III

Sept. 20th via Zoom. REGISTER

CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions, concerns, and/or comments you can reach out to the following:

Bruce Bustamante, Anchorage Chamber
RVSA Lead
907.677.7109
bruce@anchoragechamber.org

Michael Fredericks, SALT
Consultant
907.223.3493
mfredericks@salt-ak.com

Schawna Thoma
Northern Compass Group LLC
907.264.6630
schawnathoma@northerncompassgroup.com

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