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Sustainable Affordable Valdez Economy

The future of Valdez is exciting! As the community and its economy evolves the City of Valdez is exploring ways to manage change in ways that most benefit residents and businesses. Interim City Manager, Bob Jean, has taken a fresh look at our town and put together some information and ideas that he hopes will inspire new community dialogue. His concept is titled S.A.V.E. or Sustainable and Affordable Valdez Economy. Click here to read his white paper and start formulating your own ideas about the future of Valdez!

Our Vision:
Capitalizing on the intrinsic qualities of our area and its people; creating a place our grandchildren will be proud to call home.

The Community of Valdez Strategic Plan 2013-2018 and Appendices was officially adopted by the Valdez City Council on February 19, 2013 following a 1.5 year community wide, facilitated planning process.

The Community of Valdez is now starting the implementation phase.

Implementation begins with Responsible Parties, such as community organizations, agencies, or others, submitting Milestone Support Applications to the City. Milestones are specific projects, programs, initiatives, or capital projects that 1) require City resources (funding, staffing, or other resources); and 2) further the Goals and Objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan. These applications will be evaluated by a 20-person Planning Core through an annual review process. The Planning Core’s recommendations will be submitted to the City Council for deliberation and approval. The City Council’s final decisions on resource allocations will take place during the City’s annual fall budget process.

Applications for 2014 Milestone Support are due to the City of Valdez, City Manager’s Office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013. Note: Milestone applications need be submitted only if a Responsible Party requires City resources to support the project’s implementation. Please review the following materials prior to beginning the application process.

• Milestone Application Checklist
• Milestone Application for Support Guidelines
• Potential Milestones, Strategic Plan Appendix C

Please note that many of these attachments are quite large and may take some time to download.

Questions about the Strategic Plan or the Milestone Support Application process should be directed to the City’s Strategic Planning consultant, Julie Jessen, at  or 907-644-2075.