Chapter 15 SLA 09 allocates a portion of the State of Alaska's CIAP funds to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development for legislatively-named recipients. The City and Borough of Juneau was appropriated $1,636,085 through this legislation for capital projects. These funds are being administered through the Community Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CCIAP).
The City and Borough of Juneau is a Unified Home Rule Municipality located on the Southeast Alaska panhandle, approximately 700 miles from Anchorage and 950 miles from Seattle. Because of its mountainous terrain and great distances to other urbanized areas, Juneau is accessible only by sea and air. Covering an area of more than 3,250 square miles, with a coastal area of 1,812 square miles, the City and Borough of Juneau is bounded on the west by Lynn Canal; on the east by the Canadian border; on the south by Point Cone; and on the north by the Haines Borough.
Originally, this area was a fish camp for the indigenous Tlingit Indians. In 1880 Joe Juneau and Richard Harris were led to Gold Creek by Chief Kowee of the Auk Tribe. They found mother lode deposits upstream, staked their mining claims, and developed a 160-acre incorporated city they called Harrisburg, which brought many prospectors to the area. The City of Juneau was formed in 1900. The state capital was transferred from Sitka to Juneau in 1906 while Alaska was a U.S. territory. In 1916, the Alaska-Juneau gold mine was built on the mainland and became the largest operation of its kind in the world. The A-J Mine closed in 1944, after producing over $80 million in gold. In 1970, the City of Juneau, the City of Douglas, and the Greater Juneau Borough were unified into the City & Borough of Juneau.
As the state capital, Juneau is supported largely by state and federal employment and by tourists cruising the Inside Passage. It is the third largest community in Alaska. State, local, and federal agencies provide nearly 45% of the employment in the community. Tourism is a significant contributor to the private sector economy during the summer months, providing a $130 million income and nearly 2,000 jobs. Over 690,000 visitors arrive by cruise ship and another 100,000 independent travelers visit Juneau each year. The Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau Icefield air tours, Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier, State Museum, and Mount Roberts Tramway are local attractions. Support services for logging and fish processing contribute to the Juneau economy, and 406 residents hold commercial fishing permits
There are two communities within the City and Borough of Juneau: Juneau and Douglas. A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Other tribal organizations include the Douglas Indian Association and the Aukquan Traditional Council (not recognized).
As a recipient of CCIAP funds, the City and Borough of Juneau has developed projects to be funded through the City and Borough's CCIAP allocation. The City and Borough ranked these projects in Tier 1 and Tier 2 project lists to address regional priorities. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Community and Regional Affairs then sent the proposed project lists to the Department of Natural Resources for inclusion in the state's CIAP plan.
View of Sand Beach on Douglas Island, taken from Juneau. Photo: DCCED
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development