Sep 2, 2009
We’ve been wondering for quite a while just what the Rural Action Sub-Cabinet and its Advisory Panel have been up to. It was a pleasant surprise to learn that Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan sat down for a half-hour with APRN’s David Donaldson for a radio interview focused strictly on the Rural Sub-Cabinet and its Advisory Panel
Parnell Wants Better Relationship with Rural Alaskans
Mon, August 31, 2009
Posted in Alaska News
Rural Alaskans have suffered in recent years from nature, the national economy and from what people there see as an unresponsive state government. The new Parnell Administration hopes to develop a better relationship in the bush with the Rural Action Sub-Cabinet.
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Everyone with an interest in rural Alaska should take time to listen to Sullivan talk about how the key focus of the Sub-Cabinet is improving life in rural Alaska.
We questioned why the panel is made up of many of the same old, same old – but he pointed out that these members come from agencies that don’t really talk to each other. These meetings allow members to work together in a partnership to enhance life for people in rural villages.
He talks about the possibility of creating economies of scale, specifically geographically close villages joining together to buy fuel and food to bring down prices, but states more than once that this will be pursued only in villages that want to participate.
He said the Governor, his office and cabinet members in general all want to see improvements. He even mentioned that the governor attended the first part of the Advisory Panel’s recent meeting.
He said he’s read the minutes from all the meetings of the Sub-Cabinet and the Advisory Panel (he must mean the notes) and that his office has in place a Sub-Cabinet liaison and an email account dedicated to rural issues. The address is email@example.com. – put Rural Sub-Cabinet on the subject line.
He has been and will be traveling and meeting with rural leaders and communities seeking input and ideas.
So here’s a thread dedicated to providing input to the Rural Sub-Cabinet the its Advisory Panel about actions they can put in motion to improve life in the Bush.