Division of Community and Regional Affairs

Local Government Assistance

Alaska statutes and regulations define the powers and responsibilities of local governments. DCRA was created to assist local governments in utilizing these powers to improve the quality of government and life in communities.

Assistance can be provided or arranged on just about any aspect of municipal government. Examples of assistance and training topics or activities provided by DCRA include:

  • Interpreting Title 29 and other laws or regulations affecting or defining municipal authority and procedures;
  • Local government administration and management;
  • Elected officials training on the responsibilities, laws, and meeting procedures;
  • Workshops specific for city clerks, administrators, mayors, and others responsible for day-to-day management of a municipality;
  • Instruction in conducting local elections;
  • Understanding and implementing alcohol control measures authorized under Title 4 of the Alaska Statutes;
  • Technical advice on ordinance writing and codification;
  • Assisting communities through a process that leads to community visions for the future; and
  • Workshops for effective boards and commissions.

This will open a new window to the extensive Division publications. Under the Local Government tab you will find materials on a wide variety of topics, some of which are for new mayor and council members, budget forms and financial record keeping, election manuals, and controlling alcohol in Alaska's cities and villages, just to name a few.

Community Financial Management Assistance

Helping communities improve financial management and records is a priority for the Division of Community and Regional Affairs. Effective financial management practices and good record keeping are the foundations for community efforts to deliver services efficiently and effectively. These skills and abilities are made all the more critical by the sharply reduced revenues that most smaller cities are receiving.

Contact a Local Government Specialist in any of DCRA's Regional Offices.

Alaska covers a huge geographic area. To provide for more direct and efficient services to communities, the Division has seven regional offices located around the state.

For more information about the Local Government Assistance program, contact:

John Nickels

Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1640
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-4564 FAX: (907) 269-4563
e-mail: John.Nickels@alaska.gov