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For two decades, a group of dedicated volunteers have been watching
over Girdwood’s interests and navigating the fabric of Alaska politics.
Initially established as Girdwood 2020, the organization’s board is made
up of over 20 individuals with various backgrounds and expertise, and
one similar characteristic: a strong passion for Girdwood as a mountain
resort community and a great place to live. The group meets regularly
throughout the year, addressing the challenges and needs of our
The organization was the brainchild of Chris Von Imhof and a small
group of passionate Girdwoodians, who recognized that Girdwood was a
growing mountain resort community that needed a strong voice to address
community infrastructure with an eye towards the community’s future
needs. In more recent years, Diana Livingston was the center point and
lifeblood of this organization. Diana worked closely with other
community organizations and community members in seeking funding for
community projects like the Girdwood Public Library and Community Room
and the restoration of the historic Alyeska Roundhouse.
Throughout the years, Girdwood 2020 has been a critical partner in
development of the Girdwood playground, utility improvements, the
Girdwood Nordic ski trails, significant improvements to the Alyeska
Highway and bike path, and a tireless advocate for improvements and
safety on the Seward Highway.
Passing lanes and highway improvements are a direct result of
Girdwood 2020s pressure on State of Alaska/Dept. of Transportation to
make the highway safer for Girdwood residents and visitors alike. Just
this year, Girdwood 2020 successfully lobbied the Alaska Department of
Transportation to include an improved intersection at the Tesoro as part
of the Mile 79 Seward Highway improvements.
Like all things, organizations evolve. Moving forward, Girdwood 2020
continues under the new name of Girdwood Alliance to advocate for the
Girdwood community. Girdwood Alliance Board Members agree Girdwood is a
unique, special place, and is dedicated to having a voice in the
community needs as they change and grow. Girdwood Alliance’s name best
reflects today’s challenges and the collaboration needed now and in the
Last month, Girdwood Alliance Board Members approved a new Executive
Director, Krystal Hoke, to advance their Mission “Advocating for
Girdwood’s People, Infrastructure and Recreation.” Girdwood Alliance
maintains the Vision of “A Sustainable Mountain Resort Community with a
High Quality of Life” and showcases this mission and vision at its
well-known annual banquet, both a fundraiser and an outreach to state
and local officials, Girdwood Alliance’s members, and community
Aside from infrastructure and safety projects, Girdwood Alliance has
lent support and guidance to the popular Lecture Series, a collaboration
with Girdwood, Inc. with several lectures that have important tie-ins
to life in Girdwood highlight Girdwood’s residents and people and
organizations from out of town that have unique perspectives on
communities with high life qualities. Additionally, Girdwood Alliance is
engaged with the Girdwood Area Plan and stands ready to advocate for
the completion of the plan while addressing the needs that the plan
brings to light.
The sun may be setting on Girdwood 2020, but Girdwood Alliance continues bright, energized, and advocating for the people and businesses of Girdwood, along with the unique and special way of life that we all enjoy for many more years to come. We welcome your input and comments by reaching out through our website www.girdwoodalliance.org.
Girdwood Alliance is opposed to the proposed changes in the DNR Permitting Process for the following primary reasons:
The proposed regulations do not adhere to the Turnagain Arm Management Plan, a community led document that outlines the approved uses of the Turnagain Arm area.
The 5 year duration of a permit is not long enough to encourage appropriate investment in the area and should be extended.
Relying simply on a “high bidder” model for these permits ignores critical areas of importance for recreation and appropriate stewardship of the area, and is not in the state’s or our valley’s best interest.
Girdwood Area Plan and Four Valleys Community School held a co-sponsored event at Girdwood School on 4/29/2019.
The Girdwood Area plan commissioned a survey with over 600 respondents. 7 new questions were created based off the survey results. Nearly 100 people were voting with digital clickers, for near instantaneous results. Here are some screen shots captured of the results.
The survey results provide a general direction of what people would like to see in Girdwood.
It was a pleasure to host the Shiloh Baptist Gospel Choir for a “lecture” in song form. This is a beautiful example of community meeting community and showcasing their incredible talent and love of music.
Special thanks to Robert Heartwell, Choir Director/Pianist for Shiloh Baptist Gospel Choir, for help making this event possible!