Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update

Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference: Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Update

The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) is a non-profit regional economic development organization for Southwest Alaska. Agnew::Beck was hired to help SWAMC update the SWAMC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The CEDS, which is required by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), guides SWAMC’s efforts and provides staff with the background and direction they need for […]

Mat-Su Health Foundation: Community Engagement Initiative

The Mat-Su Health Foundation’s (MSHF) Community Engagement Initiative is part of a broader effort to assess community health, prioritize health issues and identify strategies to address them. After completing a community health assessment (CHA) of the Borough, the MSHF engaged Agnew::Beck to communicate the findings from the health assessment to Borough communities in order to […]

Science Facilitation

Aleutian Bering Sea Island Landscape Conservation Cooperative Strategic Planning, 2014-present Agnew::Beck recently facilitated a two day strategic planning session for this collaborative organization. The Landscape Conservation Cooperative works to better understand and then develop strategies to respond to changing environmental challenges in marine and terrestrial environments in western Alaska. This region is facing increasing serious […]

Chugach National Forest Plan Revision

As an early adopter of the federally mandated “New Planning Rule”, the United States Forest Service began a Forest Plan Revision for the Chugach National Forest. During Phase One, the Forest Service assessment current ecological, economic and social conditions and trends related to the Forest and Southcentral Alaska. The Forest Service contracted with Agnew::Beck to […]

The Alaska Water and Sewer Challenge

The Alaska Water and Sewer Challenge engages six cross-disciplinary teams together from across the globe to work with Alaska communities to design, prototype, test and evaluate in-home water and sewer systems for rural Alaska. Current community level piped systems are expensive to build and operate, funding is decreasing, and for a variety of reasons there […]

City of Boise Parks and Rec Planning

Foothills and Open Space Management Plan  The City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department assumes primary responsibility for open space and recreation development within Boise. The foothills located on the Boise Front provide an excellent opportunity for open space enjoyment and serve as a main venue for Parks and Rec’s initiatives. Stewardship within the foothills […]

Hillside to the Hollow Public Process Facilitation

In the foothills surrounding Boise, Idaho, there are a number of open space reserves providing opportunities for outdoor enjoyment through recreation and open space preservation. One of these reserves, Hillside to the Hollow, was recently acquired by the City of Boise and the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley (LLTV). Prior to the property’s acquisition, […]

Fairbanks Natural Gas Distribution Study Focus Groups

For years, Fairbanks residents have struggled with high energy costs, particularly for home heating. To help address these concerns, the Interior Energy Project (IEP) plan is to liquefy natural gas on the North Slope, truck it to Fairbanks, regasify it, and distribute the gas to homes and businesses. As part of assessing the feasibility of the […]

Fairview Neighborhood Plan

From the early 1990s to 2009, the Fairview Community Council led a planning effort that culminated in the Draft Fairview Community Plan. In 2013, the Fairview Community Council contracted Agnew::Beck to help move the plan to approval by the Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission and adoption by the Anchorage Assembly. Agnew::Beck revised and distilled the […]

Big Lake Comprehensive Plan Update

Agnew::Beck was hired to update Big Lake’s 1996 Comprehensive Plan. The highly participatory process included regular planning team meetings, public workshops, and the creation of “planning work groups,” including youth, who tackled specific key issues. These work groups offered a focused forum in which to create practical, locally driven solutions to specific issues. The work […]

Mertarvik: Strategic Management Plan for Community Relocation

High erosion rates, increasingly powerful storm surges and severe floods threaten the Village of Newtok. Years of studies conclude that there is no permanent and cost effective means of remaining at the current village site. In 1994, the Newtok Traditional Council resolved that the best solution for the community was relocating to a new site […]

Lake and Peninsula Borough Comprehensive Plan

Agnew::Beck was hired by the Lake and Peninsula Borough to update their Comprehensive Plan. Building from past planning efforts, this plan focuses on identifying specific, tangible, near term actions that can be address the challenges and opportunities facing the region.  This work has been done from the ground up.  Earlier this year, borough staff, Planning […]

Technical Assistance, Rural Outreach and Proposal Development

Agnew::Beck holds multiple contracts with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority to provide research, pre-project planning, technical assistance, strategic planning, program planning, business planning and analysis, board training and proposal development services. We have worked on many projects for the State of Alaska and nonprofit organizations that serve Trust beneficiaries. Through one of our Trust […]

Children’s Forest Initiative

The USFS engaged Agnew::Beck and partner Triangle Associates Inc. to assist the Chugach National Forest in drawing the next generation of children and their families outdoors. A::B and Triangle provided strategic planning, facilitation, and creative communication services for the Children’s Forest Initiative. The Children’s Forest Initiative Get Out, Go Wild, Change the Future Modern life […]

Alaska’s Rainforest Islands Marketing Strategy

Agnew::Beck helped the communities of Petersburg, Wrangell and Prince of Wales Island develop a Central Southeast Alaska Marketing Strategy to improve the visitor industry in the region. As part of this marketing effort, sparked by the coming of a new regional ferry system in Central Southeast Alaska, a series of stakeholder meetings were held to […]

Prince William Sound/Chugach Sound Stories

Agnew::Beck assisted the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and their project partner, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), to conduct the public participation and facilitation process required to prepare a multi-purpose MapGuide for Prince William Sound (PWS) and Marine Trail. The project sought to help a broad and diverse audience CONSERVE, ENJOY, and UNDERSTAND the Sound. The […]

Iliuliuk Family Health Services Community Needs Assessment + Action Plan

Iliuliuk Family and Health Services, Inc. (IFHS) has a long history of providing services to the community of Unalaska since its official founding in 1972. The community health center serves two main communities: residents of Unalaska and the fishing fleet of the Bering Sea. IFHS makes operational shifts to accord with shifts in the fishing […]

Outreach + Strategic Planning for Tobacco Prevention and Control

Leadership to Eliminate Alaskan Disparities (LEAD)Agnew::Beck assisted the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program to identify and address health disparities in tobacco use through a smart, well-crafted strategic plan. The ultimate goal of this project is to reduce disparities in tobacco use to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities. Agnew::Beck provided five related types of […]

Alaska Food Policy Council Strategic Plan, Action Planning, Facilitation + Support

In Alaska, as in other parts of the country, there is a growing awareness of the need for an organized voice to address policies affecting a group of food-related issues ranging from food security to economic development. The Alaska Food Policy Council emerged from a groundswell of interest from individuals voicing these concerns across the […]

Centennial Village Senior Housing: Program Development, Site Planning + Facility Improvements

Agnew::Beck worked with Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) to develop a comprehensive wellness plan for residents living in Centennial Village, a senior housing community in East Anchorage. AB conducted stakeholder surveys and focus group meetings to inform a preliminary assessment of residents’ health status and interest in support services and activities as they age on […]