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City Hall is fortunate to have the Jean Lester paintings “Faces of Alaska” displayed in our building. This past Friday, Renee Jones, daughter of Gene Jones (portrayed in the painting) and her daughter, LaMonee Patterson, came to City Hall to see the painting of Gene. The two ladies are visiting from Las Vegas and brought the late Mr. Jones’ ashes home to Fairbanks.
Thank you for coming to see the paintings, Renee and LaMonee. Next time you come they will be displayed upstairs where they will be accessible to all.
The Sister City relationship between Fanano, Italy, and Fairbanks, Alaska, was established to honor the birthplace of Felix Pedro (in Italian “Felice Pedroni”), in 2002. Pedro’s discovery of gold on July 22, 1902, launched a series of events that helped establish Fairbanks. Since 2002 there have been regular exchanges between our two cities. This year Festival Fairbanks hosted five visitors from Italy including the Great Grand Nephew of Felix Pedro, Adriano Pedroni.
Festivities included the Felix Pedro Monument Rededication Ceremony hosted by the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo #4.
Pictured are several of the visitors from Italy, Mayor Eberhart, and Adriano Pedroni (next to the floral arrangement), great-grand-nephew of Felix Pedro. Photo courtesy of Julie Jones, Festival Fairbanks. Amber
MAYOR EBERHART ATTENDS MAYORS’ INSTITUTE ON CITY DESIGN
Mayor John Eberhart attended a June National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD). MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation. MICD is the preeminent forum for mayors to address urban planning, design challenges, and development issues. The MICD session was held in Louisville, Kentucky, and only eight mayors from across the nation were invited to participate with the Mayor of Louisville. Mayor Eberhart attended with the following mayors: Mayor Greg Fischer (Host), Louisville, Kentucky; Mayor Rusty Bailey, Riverside, California; Mayor John Curtis, Provo, Utah; Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Mayor William Peduto, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mayor George Wallace, Hampton, Virginia; Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester, New York; and Mayor Nan Whaley, Dayton, Ohio. This was the first time in the nearly 30 years of MICD National Sessions that the Fairbanks Mayor attended and Fairbanks was the smallest city represented.
Mayor Eberhart first sought local input and then met with City staff to identify potential areas and issues in our community in need of improvement. Areas and issues considered included:
An attractive, safe, and economically vibrant Fairbanks
Walkability year round, safe, and pleasant downtown core
Vibrant downtown retail core
Affordable housing for young professionals in the downtown core
Historic and cultural retail district and/or pedestrian mall
Revitalization and/or repurposing of empty and underutilized structures
The Executive Director from MICD, Trinity Simons, came to Fairbanks in May to meet with Mayor Eberhart and City engineers, and look at the community’s challenges, successes, and opportunities. Ms. Simons then suggested a presentation focusing on the area from Pioneer Park to the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, including downtown. In Louisville, Mayor Eberhart made his presentation to design, architecture and real estate development experts on our diverse economy and issues our city faces. Questions were posed to specialists on where growth efforts should be targeted, how to enhance tourism, how to expand the downtown retail corridor, and best use practices from other communities.
City design experts also gave presentations on topics chosen to address the case studies presented by the mayors, followed by roundtable discussions. The presentation offered a rare opportunity for the mayors and experts to discuss these issues candidly and to explore solutions. The final report and findings from MICD in response to Mayor Eberhart’s presentation is expected soon.
Contact: Amber Courtney, Communications Director/PIO firstname.lastname@example.org, 459-6793
Barbara Sunday brings robust human resources experience with her and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Barbara most recently worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference (since 2009), and Fairbanks Native Association before that. Barbara has the advantage of working with hugely diverse populations and cultures as an US Air Force dependent, and moved every three years for most of her life until she landed here in Fairbanks in 1981 with the US Army.
Mayor Eberhart continues to make communication with you his priority. One of the ways we can accomplish this is by providing a monthly newsletter covering topics and events the City is involved in. We hope you find this helpful and informative and would appreciate your comments and thoughts anytime at 907.459.6793. Thank you, Amber.
Antonio “Tony” Shumate has worked with the City of Fairbanks as the Human Resources, Risk, and Purchasing Director since 1990. Tony has been an amazing asset to the employees and the City of Fairbanks. Tony has accepted a job with the Fairbanks North Star Borough and last night Mayor Eberhart read a Proclamation in Tony’s honor at the City Council Meeting. We wish Tony the best of luck in his new endeavor! (Amber)
Welcome to Paul Dick! Paul graduated from Lathrop High School in 1997 and received a Bachelors in Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2003. He worked as an Equipment Operator/Shop Lead at UAF since 2005 before being hired at the Fairbanks Police Department as a Recruit Police Officer. Paul was hired in February but has been busy at the CTC Law Enforcement Academy, as shown in his photo!
By having the F-35, Eielson Air Force Base will see an increase in active duty military by about 76%, about 3,000 to 4,000 jobs, possibly securing the base from any future cuts. In one year alone, an estimated $940 million of new revenue could be brought in by one squadron of F-35s. We will not only see growth in jobs in the community but we will also see a growing economy. The money brought in by the squadron could be spent locally and would stay in the community, building businesses and keeping the local economy strong.
If the community shows their support on the F-35s being brought to Eielson Air Force Base, we will be able to watch our community grow. Together, we can help build Alaska up and raise our national security. Please show your support for the F-35s by registering at http://www.alaskaf35s.com/.