Sister City Visitors at Pedro Monument Rededication

002The 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

Press Release: Mayor Eberhart Attends Mayors’ Institute on City Design

MICD 59 (2)FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2014

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 abcourtney@ci.fairbanks.ak.us, 459-6793
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The City Welcomes a new Human Resource Director

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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.

Fort Wainwright Earth Day Celebration

IMG_1387 (2)Left to right are Mayor John Eberhart-City of Fairbanks, Mayor Bryce Ward-City of North Pole, and Mayor Luke Hopkins-Fairbanks North Star Borough, at Fort Wainwright’s Earth Day celebration today. They are flanked by Trashion Show participants wearing upcycled-recycled garments. Amber

Mayor’s Note – April 2014: Volume 1 Issue 3

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.

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Thank you to Tony Shumate:

IMG_1323 (2)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)

New Employee: Paul Dick-Fairbanks Police Department

Control Tactics 3 024 (5)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!

REGISTER YOUR SUPPORT for the F35s:

IMG_0981 (2)Eielson Air Force Base is the best home for the next generation fighter known as the F-35. It is in an amazing position to provide world-class training grounds and cost advantage over foreign basing.

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/.

Change Your Clock – Change Your Smoke Detector Battery

untitledThe Interior Fire Chiefs Association and the State Fire Marshal along with your local fire department are joining forces in reminding you this Sunday, March 9th, when you “spring forward” and change your clock one hour ahead; change your smoke detector batteries. This simple step can save lives.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery has been recognized as America’s most effective fire safety campaign, helping families keep safe should fire strike.

Working smoke alarms double a family’s chances of surviving a home fire. That’s why Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs started the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery program over 27 years ago. The program reminds people how important it is to maintain working smoke detectors. Each fall when you change your clocks back to Standard Time, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Fire Safety Checklist
• Install a smoke alarm on each level of your home, including the basement. Consult your fire department for proper installation locations.
• Test and vacuum your smoke alarms once a month dust and cobwebs can impair sensitivity.
• Change the batteries in your smoke alarms once a year.
• Install CO (carbon monoxide) detectors in the sleeping area.
• Check flashlight batteries. Always keep a working flashlight near your bed, in the kitchen, basement, and family room in the event of a fire, use a flashlight to signal for help.
• Install fire extinguishers. Be sure to install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it. The International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends a multi- or all-purpose fire extinguisher that’s listed by an accredited testing laboratory.
• Make sure your children know and understand fire safety. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire, because they often become scared and confused during fires. Show your children where smoke alarms are located. Make sure they recognize the smoke alarm’s sound and understand that a sounding smoke alarm signals a home fire
• Plan and practice your escape routes. Identify at least two different escape routes and practice them with the entire family.

If anyone needs assistance in checking or installing your smoke alarm, please contact your local fire department for help. Also your local fire departments have FREE smoke alarms available and will come out and install.

FROM: Ernie Misewicz, Assistant Fire Chief
DATE: March 7, 2014
Fairbanks Fire Department
(907) 450-6615 590-3717 (cell)

(Amber)

New Employee: Dee Antesberger – Finance

IMG_0979 (2)Welcome to Dee Antesberger! Dee started employment with the City of Fairbanks this Monday in the Finance Department. Dee came to Alaska in 1991 and has made it through 22 winters. She has four children and stays busy following their wrestling and football activities. Originally from Pittsburgh, she is and will always be a Steelers fan! She enjoys being with family, Bible study, fishing and camping. (Amber)