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From the Director:

Olen Harris

October 2013

I hope everyone has enjoyed the wonderful summer Alaska has provided us with this year. Even though the days are now getting a little cooler and wetter, NPRHA’s crews are still busy completing the projects we started this spring. We are also starting new weatherization projects around the region.

To better meet the needs of our communities, NPRHA has been making changes to our organization. Over the next few months we will be completing an overhaul of our rental maintenance program and changes in staffing levels at several of our offices. These changes should help to ensure that we have the resources available to meet the very high standards we have for maintenance of our facilities.

We are also moving forward into the digital age and connecting each of our offices’ communications and computer systems to make our team here at NPRHA able to work more efficiently with each other, regardless of where their office is.

NPRHA began a comprehensive community planning project that will be completed with each village over the next two years. We have partnered with ION Community Solutions to provide each community with a very comprehensive community-based plan that covers all of the aspects that need to be accounted for so our communities can continue to grow in the manner they see fit.

These plans, which will be updated annually, cover not just buildings and programs, but culture, natural environment, and how each community envisions involvement with the private sector. The first plan, Port Graham’s, is nearing completion and Nanwalek’s plan will be completed this winter, followed next summer by Chenega and Tatitlek. This is a community-based process that provides a lot of opportunity for community member input and involvement. Hopefully, you will participate during your community’s planning process. Your thoughts and ideas are needed to make this a plan that works for everyone.

You can read the entire Sept-Oct Newsletter here.