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The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development offices in the Atwood Building and the Juneau State Office Building are closed to walk-in traffic at this time. We are still open for business and encourage you to contact us via phone or email.

Local Government Assistance Section

The Local Government Assistance Section provides onsite governmental and technical assistance for cities, boroughs, tribal governments, and non-profit community associations who provide governmental services. Assistance can be provided or arranged on just about any aspect of municipal government. Examples of assistance and training topics or activities provided by DCRA include:

ANCSA Planning and Land Management

Provides assistance to communities with making decisions on land transfers between the ANCSA village corporation and the municipality as required by Section 14(c)(3) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Sixty affected municipalities have completed this planning and conveyance process, while fifty-two municipalities have not.

Bulk Fuel Revolving Loan Program

Administration of the Bulk Fuel Revolving Loan Program to assist communities, utilities, and fuel retailers with purchases of bulk fuel to generate power or supply the public with fuel for use in rural communities.

Floodplain Management Program

Monitor community compliance by conducting Community Assistance Visits (CAV). Provide information to communities to reduce public and private sector losses and damage from flooding and erosion; provide coordination and technical assistance to National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) communities; Provide assistance and coordination of ordinance updates in anticipation of map adoptions. Assist communities who want to enter the NFIP and assist building local floodplain management expertise and capability.

Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA)

Provides management assessments and on-site technical assistance of rural water and wastewater utilities.

Training and Publications Development

Develops standardized technical assistance publications materials, classes, and websites on local governmental issues. Once developed these materials are distributed in a variety of methods including through presentation at local, regional and statewide settings.

Local Government Resource Desk

The Resource Desk provides assistance and support to communities in all areas of local governance including but not limited to elections, administration, ordinances, resolutions, codification, boundary changes, planning and land use, and much much more. The desk provides information about several areas of local governance, as well as resources such as sample documents for elections. The Resource Desk is a staffed service and any community member can contact the Desk for hands-on assistance.

For more information about the Local Government Assistance Section, contact:

Local Government Assistance

Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1650
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-4540
FAX: (907) 269-4066


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