Continuing the Conversation with Governor Walker

Governor Walker held a day long meeting on “Continuing the Conversation Budget Discussion” last week here in Fairbanks. Community leaders were invited for a second time to participate in discussing Alaska’s economic future. Two objectives of the first gathering were to define the right size of government and to develop a solution most Alaskans agree to for closing the fiscal gap. The second meeting focused on identifying how to deal with declining revenues and growing operating costs. Teams discussed possible solutions and cost cutting options.
Mayor Eberhart worked with Karl Kassel as part of a work group during a break-out session.


Cushman Street Reconstruction-Pardon Our Progress!

Cushman Street is still open for business!  The purple raven signs are there to remind everyone that our local businesses are there for you.   Don’t let a little challenge like construction get in your way to find the goods and services you need.  Cushman Street is getting an amazing make-over, please “Pardon Our Dust.”  We hope you will come and look at all that is going on this First Friday.  Raven artwork by Sue Sprinkle-Fifth Avenue Design.

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Walgreens Grand Opening

Mayor Eberhart and his wife, Sylvia, attended the Grand Opening of Walgreens earlier this month. Mayor Eberhart gave a speech welcoming them to our community. Economic development has been an important part of Mayor Eberhart’s efforts in our community and he supports growth in our business sector. Thank you for coming to Fairbanks, Walgreens!

Photo: Mayor Luke Hopkins, Sylvia Eberhart, Mayor John Eberhart. Courtesy of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.

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Welcome Emily Braniff!

Emily started today with the City Clerk’s Office:   My name is Emily Braniff, I was born and raised in Fairbanks.   I attended college in Michigan and did my student teaching in Colorado but like so many others, I found my way back to this beautiful place.   I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, cooking and travel.  I believe summertime in Fairbanks is one of the most beautiful places in the world….  Unless it’s raining nonstop. 

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Sharps Needle Safety for All!

Please click on the “Read More” button below to watch a video from our Public Works, Police, and Fire departments on how we can work together to keep everyone safe and healthy!

Mayor’s Note: Diversity Action Plan Draft

April 17, 2015


Fairbanks Diversity Council (FDC) Works on Draft Diversity Action Plan (DAP)


Over the past several months, members of the Fairbanks Diversity Council have been working on a Diversity Action Plan (DAP) through the strategic planning process.  Although the DAP is not yet finalized, the group has identified goals for the plan, some of which were mandated by City Ordinance, and many others identified by the group as being primary diversity needs for the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.


Shortened summaries of some of the goals include:  Reviewing internal processes for recruiting and hiring, securing financial resources to implement the DAP, reviewing internal policies and procedures, providing education and training on diversity, performing community outreach to foster awareness and give a safe venue for expression of diverse outlooks, and to promote diverse and cross-cultural activities to increase community involvement.


The FDC members have identified the need to develop four committees in the following areas:  Education and Outreach, Policy and Procedure, Media and Communications, and an Accessibility Committee.  If you are interested in attending the next FDC meeting to learn more, please join us on May 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.  All are welcome!


Mayor John Eberhart



Mayor’s Note: Announcement Imminent-F16s and Grey Eagle Project

April 10, 2015



Recently, the Air Force held three scoping meetings in North Pole, Fairbanks, and Delta Junction, relating to the possible basing of F-35s (stealth fighter jets) at Eielson Air Force Base (EAFB).  A draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS) will be completed in the next few months and there will then be a public hearing at which citizens will be able to have their questions answered.


Although the F-35s are a huge opportunity for our community, other military issues are also extremely important.  President Putin of Russia is apparently establishing four brigades in the Russian Far East, and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea is extremely volatile and a threat.  As we have known for decades, Alaska’s strategic location is of utmost importance to the United States and the western world.


Currently, Eielson Air Force Base is the home of a squadron of F-16 jets, referred to as the Aggressor Squadron.  EAFB is one of only two bases in the United States where Aggressor Squadrons are based.  The F-16s would complement the mission of the F-35s. Accordingly, it is extremely important that we keep the F-16s at EAFB. It is our understanding that Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), has now sent a recommendation to the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, with respect to the F-16s at EAFB, as well as the Grey Eagle project.


The Grey Eagle project is an unmanned aircraft systems (drones) project of the United States Army.  Although this is an Army project, there has been discussion of Grey Eagles being flown out of EAFB.


It is expected that there will be an announcement on F-16s and the Grey Eagle project by mid-April.  If the Grey Eagle project were to be based here, it would potentially lead to several hundred personnel coming to our community.


Mayor John Eberhart



Press Release: Charles “CB” Bettisworth Outstanding Citizen of 2014



 City of Fairbanks Proclaims Charles “CB” Bettisworth Outstanding Citizen of 2014

Fairbanks, AK: At the Fairbanks City Council meeting on Monday, April 6, Mayor Eberhart read a City of Fairbanks proclamation heralding Charles “CB” Bettisworth as the Outstanding Citizen of 2014.  Mr. Bettisworth was honored for his dedication to the community and economic development.
Mr. Bettisworth spoke about the need to continue to develop our community and strive for both an aesthetically pleasing and sustainable city.  Mr. Bettisworth received a standing round of applause from attendees.

WHEREAS, Charles “CB” Bettisworth has contributed significantly to our community, not only through his work, but through his personal time and efforts; and

             WHEREAS, those who are fortunate enough to know CB find him to be always warm, welcoming, and gracious in his personal demeanor, and committed, forward-thinking and engaged in his professional interactions; and  

             WHEREAS, CB has generously given of his time and talents in community and economic development throughout the state; and

 WHEREAS, the list of landmark projects CB has designed for our community is a legacy of which we are very proud.  They include: the Christ Lutheran Church addition, Raquetball Club, Frontier Savings and Loan, Tanana Valley Community College, The Center, Pioneer Home Improvements, New Denali Center, Lathrop High School Additions & Renovations, Randy Smith Middle School, Monroe Catholic School Chapel, Boys and Girls Club, Lavelle’s Bistro, Mariott Springhill Suites, Rabinowitz State Courthouse, First Presbyterian Church, Bettisworth North Office, Alaska Railroad Station, Riverwest Condominiums, First National Bank of Alaska, Denali Elementary School, Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, Raven Landing Retirement Community, Carlson Center Improvements, Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center, and the Weeks Field Estates; and

             WHEREAS, CB has encouraged communities to embrace solar and other renewables as long-term energy solutions and aspires to always design for sustainability; and

             WHEREAS, CB is a lifelong Fairbanks resident, who has raised a family here and truly appreciates, and is a proponent for, our northern environment, landscapes, people and cultures:

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, by the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim

 Charles “CB” Bettisworth as Outstanding Citizen of 2014

 throughout the City of Fairbanks, and congratulate him on his retirement.   

                         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 6th of April, 2015.

 Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO 907.459.6793


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The City of Fairbanks website was down earlier today due to a hack attack. We’d like to blame it on the recent solar eclipse, but it was actually due to hackers who found our site interesting enough to hack (that makes us one of the cool sites).
IMPORTANT: All payments made through the City of Fairbanks are secure as the payment system was not breached.


Congratulations to Danyielle Snider: The New Fairbanks City Clerk!

Monday night at City Council Meeting, Danyielle Snider was appointed as the new City Clerk. Danyielle has worked for the City of Fairbanks since April of 2009. She first worked as a Cashier/Typist in the City Clerk’s office. She was soon promoted to Administrative Assistant in the Building Department. In 2011, she returned to the City Clerk’s office and was promoted to Deputy Clerk.
She is excited to accept her new position as City Clerk and has many plans for carrying the City Clerk’s office into the future. One big goal includes digitizing the many documents the City is required to retain, and preserving the original documents in new binding.

Danyielle says she is excited to “dig in and pick up where the former Clerk left off.” She hopes to continue to have a good relationship with the public, providing transparency and excellent customer service.

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