Governor Creates Rural Subcabinet
December 18, 2008
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has signed an Administrative Order
(AO) formally establishing a Rural Subcabinet. The Rural Subcabinet
will focus its initial efforts on rural migration patterns and
the cost of energy in rural Alaska.
The Rural Subcabinet will study the state of the economy, education,
law enforcement and infrastructure in outlying regions, and then
will make proposals aimed at creating well-paying jobs, stronger
schools, safer communities and better public works facilities.
On the issue of migration, Governor Palin noted: "Some level
of migration occurs naturally as certain individuals decide to
leave rural Alaska for job and educational opportunities that
may not exist in their small communities. I want the Rural Subcabinet
to look for ways to make certain migration is a result of personal
decisions, not despair or a lack of choice resulting from economic
pressures or other factors."
Commerce Commissioner Emil Notti noted that while recent school
enrollment statistics did not show dramatic shifts overall, the
Rural Subcabinet should continue to review the issue of relocation
patterns. "Several rural school districts did see a significant
decline in enrollment, and 16 Alaska boroughs or census areas
lost population between 2000 and 2007, while only five showed
The Rural Subcabinet is chaired by Attorney General Talis Colberg.
Additional members are Commerce Commissioner Emil Notti, Health
and Social Services Commissioner Bill Hogan, Labor Commissioner
Click Bishop, Military and Veterans Affairs Commissioner Gen.
Craig Campbell, Environmental Conservation Commissioner Larry
Hartig, Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux, Public Safety Commissioner
Joe Masters, and John Katz, director of the Office of the Governor
in Washington, D.C.
Additionally, advisory working groups will be formed, and Alaska
Natives and others will have the opportunity to participate and
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Administrative Order 247
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