Delegation Announces Grants and Contracts to Alaska Programs

Washington, D.C. - The Alaska Congressional Delegation is pleased to announce the following grants and contracts awarded to communities in the State of Alaska:
U.S. Department of Agriculture:
·      $19,650 to the City of Hughes for a preliminary cost and analysis associated with the preparation of a preliminary engineering and environmental report for a proposed water and sewer system improvement project.
·      $59,085 to the Homer Society of Natural History, Inc. (Doing Business as The Pratt Museum) to assist with funding for new educational exhibits.
·      $120,000 to the Zender Environmental Health and Research Group in Anchorage. Funds will be used to update and deliver three integrated solid waste management and planning training courses.
U.S. Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
·      $124,183 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks to enhance AK fisheries extension program through retention of two agents and work with coastal harvesters, regional economic development bodies and state federal fisheries management agencies.
·      $146,749 to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. These funds will be used for continued support of personnel that provide oversight of existing projects. This multi-year project funds the management, supervisory and research positions of staff for the Southeast Alaska Groundfish project.
U.S. Department of Defense – Department of the Navy
Chugach World Services, Inc. of Anchorage has received a $12,858,355 contract to perform housing operations and maintenance services and change of occupancy maintenance services at various Naval housing areas on Guam. The work is expected to be completed by December 2010.
U.S. Department of Energy:
·      $1,686,000 has been award to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. The funds are provided as part of program year 2009 state energy program formula awards.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
·      $1,888,650 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for Anchorage. CDBG grants are awarded to states and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities for people of low and moderate incomes.
$83,240 in Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) for Anchorage. ESG grants are award to state, local and private entities to improve the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters.
·      $1,081,372 in HOME grants have been awarded to Anchorage. HOME grants expand the supply of decent and affordable housing to people of low and very low incomes by providing grants to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.
U.S. Department of Transportation:
·      $520,687 to the City of Wasilla. These funds will be used to update the airport Master Plan and to conduct a runway end survey to evaluate existing obstructions in support of implementation of a localizer approach with vertical guidance at the Wasilla Municipal Airport.
·      $3,700,000 to the Municipality of Anchorage for the first phase of funding to rehabilitate aircraft taxiway Quebec at Merrill Field in Anchorage.
·      $7,000,000 to the Husila Airport. Funds will be used to bring the rehabilitate and bring the airport runway up to current FAA standards.
U.S. General Services Administration:
A construction contract in the amount of $488,177 has been awarded to KCorps Technology Services of Fairbanks for work to be performed on the Sam Nunn Federal Atlanta Center in Atlanta, GA. The work will consist of providing all professional, technical, administrative and clerical personnel for services for the cooling tower repair/retrofit at the Center.