A team of economic development advisors concerned with the long-term prosperity of native communities in Northern Alaska is visiting with residents of Kaktovik during the summer of 2005. These experts come to Alaska as part of the “Treasure America Project,” a bi-partisan, not-for-profit effort to inform economic and energy policy in the United States.
This memo outlines the proposed activities that the Treasure America Project team hopes to facilitate on behalf of community and government leaders in Kaktovik.
The Treasure America Project team is experienced advising community leaders and government officials internationally to develop long-term strategies for sustainable economic development. The team is accustomed to working with regions that receive financial gains from commodity industries such as oil in the short-term, but in the medium-term often feel like the overall prosperity of the community has declined. The project team is volunteering its services to the residents of Kaktovik during the summer of 2005 to inform important choices facing the community regarding oil industry expansion and alternative economic activities such as tourism.
The project team proposes working with residents and political leaders of Kaktovik through two unique seminars:
1) “Treasure Kaktovik: Community Round Table” – During this two hour afternoon session the Treasure America team seeks to understand long-term economic, social and environmental objectives of the community. This session is an opportunity to introduce the Treasure America Project to Kaktovik residents while hearing about the successes and failures of past community development efforts.
(Proposed time/date: 7:00-9:00pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2005)
2) “Treasure Kaktovik: Economic Development Strategy Session” – During this three hour afternoon session the Treasure America team will present case studies from within and outside Alaska of how small communities have successfully and unsuccessfully diversified their economies. Participants will work with project facilitators to create a twenty-year vision for the island of Kaktovik. The Treasure America Project Team will take the results of the seminar and prepare a “Draft Strategy for the Long-term Prosperity of Kaktovik” which will be distributed to all seminar participants and government officials involved with the project. This document is not meant to serve as an official government policy or plan of action for the community. Instead, it will serve as a guiding document for community leaders eager to develop new economic, social and environmental initiatives on the island.
(Proposed time/date: 2:30-5:30pm, Sunday, July 3, 2005)
Who Should Attend:
All Kaktovik residents concerned with the long-term prosperity of the community are invited to attend these two important Treasure America events. The seminars are designed to be highly participatory and a mutual learning experience for everyone involve.
Once the date, time, location and attendance to the events is solidified, the Treasure America Project team will look forward to telephone introductions with each seminar participant prior to arriving in Kaktovik. These conversatiosn will allow the Treasure America Project team to customize the seminar events to the specific needs and interests of the community.
Contact and Next Steps
All parties interested in this unique opportunity for Kaktovik should be in touch with the seminar coordinator, Holly Colman at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: (415) 359-5786. Holly is also available to answer any additional questions regarding the seminar and the Treasure America Project team.
We look forward to meeting all members of the Kaktovik community and contributing to the long term prosperity of the region.
The Treasure America Project Team
During the summer of 2005 the Treasure America Project went to the village
of Kaktovik, Alaska to analyze the economic consequences of oil industry dependence
and opportunities to promote increased local entrepreneurship.
Invitation for Citizens of Kaktovik.
Seminar Flyer [PDF].
Trip report [DOC].
Website for local guides.
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