Distribution of Juneau cruise line’s $ 2 million donation found

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the Juneau Economic Development Board are receiving a portion of the $ 2 million community donation from Norwegian Cruise Lines.

House Speaker Eric Forst spoke about it on Action Line. “When the Assembly decided to decline NCL’s offer to give the town money, we immediately walked over and wrote a letter and said, hey, we think the chamber and / or JEDC would be vouchers to use that money We could still use that money in the community.

He said the funding would be used for a program to help businesses hit hard by the shortage of cruise ships over the past two years. Forst said they are busy developing a program and putting the finishing touches on it and hopefully will soon have more to say about how and when to apply and who qualifies.

Forst was asked if $ 800,000 was enough to fix the problem. “No it isn’t. I mean, I’m going to be honest with you, no, but will it go far and help a lot of people, absolutely.”

News of the North has spoken to the executive vice president of the cruise line about the distribution of the balance of funds. Howard Sherman said $ 1 million would be managed by the Juneau Community Foundation. $ 100,000 will be donated to the arts park under construction by the Sealaska Heritage Institute downtown. $ 50,000 goes to renovate Centennial Hall. The remaining $ 50,000 will be used to renovate what Sherman has described as a historic Catholic church.

Juneau city manager Rorie Watt said the city was not committed to the funding. “So we just learn the updates with everyone. We are not part of the decision making. It was suggested in public testimony to the Assembly that the NCL donation be forwarded by the Juneau Community Foundation for distribution. The Assembly agreed and Watt said that the town hall was therefore not a party to these discussions.

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