Denali Commission avoiding over-investment in shrinking rural Alaska

The Denali Commission is tightening up its guidelines for the projects it funds in rural Alaska. High fuel prices are prompting an out-migration from the bush, and yesterday the Commission passed a new sustainability policy to avoid investing in oversize facilities for communities that might shrink so much that they couldn’t afford to keep them going. The Commission’s advisory committee is trying to get a better handle on the specifics of the out-migration that everybody now knows is happening.

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

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