Anchorage Update
  December / 2010
Greetings! Mayor Dan Sullivan

The holiday season is upon us and with it the final push to close out end-of-year business. The 2011 operating budget should be wrapped up soon and our annual capital budget should be finalized as well. We've finally reached an agreement on the Campbell Creek Estuary project, and we're looking to spread the good news about great kids in our community. I wish all of you the warmest of holiday seasons and hope you enjoy the "most wonderful time of the year" with family and friends. As always, feel free to drop me a line at, or follow me on facebook or twitter.

Municipality of Anchorage, Great Land Trust reach agreement on Campbell Creek Estuary


Executive Director of the Great Land Trust Phil Shephard and I recently announced that the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) and the Great Land Trust (GLT) have reached agreement on the Campbell Creek Estuary issue.


Under terms of the deal, GLT will provide the $6.1 million purchase price for the coastal, 60-acre property at the mouth of Campbell Creek.  The property is adjacent to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and offers high value wetland habitat and views across Cook Inlet.  The MOA will acquire title to the property and grant conservation easements in perpetuity to the GLT and to the State of Alaska.  At a time when the Municipality is facing substantial budget challenges, the GLT has agreed to raise an additional $1 million as needed to clean up, plan, develop, maintain and protect the property; the Municipality simply could not have acquired the property without GLT's financial assistance.  read more...

2011 Legislative "Wish List" focuses on roads, infrastructure, deferred maintenance

Every year, city leaders develop a list of priorities that we present to members of the Alaska State Legislature's Anchorage Caucus. In doing so, we let our legislators know what capital projects are the city's top priorities for state funding. This year, our priorities focus on basic infrastructure needs and public safety.


Leading the list is the Port of Anchorage's Expansion Project. It is essential that the Anchorage port, which serves as the gateway for more than 80 percent of the goods that enter the state, completes its expansion as quickly as possible.


Project 80s facilities renewal is also very important to us: the Loussac Library, Sullivan Arena, Performing Arts Center, Ben Boeke Ice Arena among others. As these buildings approach 30 years of service, they are in need of modernization and expansion.


As always, road projects are also high on the list. Our goal is to add projects that improve transportation flow through greater connectivity and to maintain our existing road system.


This year we're also asking for help in funding several public safety projects, such as in-car digital video for marked patrol cars and CPR compression devices for the Anch. Fire Department.

2011 Budget Process in Final Stages

My proposed 2011 budget is up for final consideration next week. I want to thank all of you who sent emails, made phone calls, or testified in Assembly Chambers for your engagement and feedback during the budget-building process. It is critical to hear from citizens when we develop our annual spending plan, and insight gained from the community budget dialogues and correspondence to the mayor's office has been both valuable and appreciated.

Mayor Sullivan accepts his award from Jennifer Johnston

Sullivan wins Alaska Municipal League's "Elected Official of the Year" award for 2010

It was a humbling honor to be named the "Elected Official of the Year" for 2010 by the Alaska Municipal League (AML) recently at the organization's annual event in Juneau.


Anchorage is an incredible city, and serving as its mayor is a privilege. I appreciate AML's recognition and support for the direction we are going in Anchorage.

Know of good kids doing great things for our community? Nominate them for the Good News! Great Kids! Program


Nominations are open for the Municipality of Anchorage's Good News! Great Kids! program.


The program is in its fourteenth year and recognizes outstanding high school juniors and seniors who reside in Anchorage and have overcome challenges, served the community and performed well in school. Teachers, counselors and coaches who know students meeting these criteria are encouraged to nominate them for the Good News! Great Kids! program.  read more...

Mayor Sullivan, APD Detective Carla Culbreth and foundation namesake Eva Welsh pose with an Eva Foundation tree.

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Mayor's Calendar
  • Dec 7
    Regular Assembly meeting
  • Dec 8
    Sounds of the Seasons Concert at the PAC
  • Dec 10
    Anchorage Home Builders Association Christmas Potluck
  • Dec 14
    Regular Assembly meeting
  • Dec 16
    ACVB Holiday Luncheon
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