Holistic Pilot Project in Oscarville
In Fall 2014, a group of rural development professionals and agency heads held the first roundtable on a Holistic Approach to Sustainable Northern Communities. The roundtable brought together federal, state, and local partners to develop a more collaborative approach to projects in rural Alaska. While issues like energy, housing, transportation, sanitation, health, and economic development are typically addressed by separate agencies, they are all interconnected. This project uses a holistic approach driven by the community and leverages the expertise and resources of agency partners.
Oscarville, a small community in southwest Alaska, volunteered as a pilot project for the holistic approach. Oscarville has a major housing need on top of high energy costs. In early 2015, a multi-agency team visited Oscarville for a site assessment and community meeting. Oscarville is currently working on a community development plan to figure out how to create jobs and housing and make the village more resilient.
The Oscarville pilot project was featured in a story by the Alaska Dispatch here.
See a white paper of the project here.
See a timeline of what has been accomplished here.