Holistic Pilot Project in Oscarville
In Fall 2014, a group of agency leaders held the first roundtable on a Holistic Approach to Sustainable Northern Communities. The roundtable brought together federal, state, local, and nonprofit 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. The goal of the roundtable is to use a holistic approach in these efforts that is driven by the community and leverages the expertise and resources of agency partners.
Oscarville, a small community near Bethel, volunteered as a pilot project for a holistic approach. Oscarville has very little infrastructure, a housing shortage, and 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 set priorities and identify opportunities.
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.