Sunday Workshops

Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Anchorage Downtown Marriott

Breakfast Served @ 8:30AM

Planning Commissioner Training - Anchorage/Fairbanks Ballroom

Trainer(s): Michelle McNulty, Planning Director for the Municipality of Anchorage |

Click Here for the PowerPoint Presentation

8:30AM - 9:00AM // Registration & Breakfast


9:00AM -  9:45AM // Planning Commissioner 101 – Just the Basics

A general overview of the material covered in the Alaska Planning Commission Handbook, covering the statutory basis for planning in the state, basic roles and responsibilities of Planning Commissioners, types of meetings and decisions, and effective planning and zoning.


9:45AM - 10:00 AM // BREAK

10:00AM - 11:30AM // Legal Basis for Planning and Decision-Making

AS Title 29.40; US Constitution; The link between comprehensive planning, zoning, and platting decisions; Case law specific to planning in Alaska.


11:30AM - 12:30PM // LUNCH (Provided)

12:30PM - 1:15PM // Planning Fundamentals – Types of Decisions

What are the differences between a quasi-judicial, legislative, and administrative decisions?

1:15PM - 2:45PM // Writing Findings Of Fact

 Using real-life scenarios, groups will be asked to write findings of fact to support their decision.

2:45PM - 3:00PM // BREAK

3:00PM - 4:30PM // Important Legal Considerations

Groups will be given scenarios that are similar in material facts to existing case law to see how their decisions align with the courts’ decisions.


4:30PM - 5:00PM // Questions and Concluding Remarks

Grant Writing & Funding Research Workshop - Juneau/Haines Room

Trainer(s): Meredith Noble, SenacaWorks |

Course Preparation: It is recommended that attendees come prepared with a specific project they would like to work on during the workshop. Attendees will need a laptop.

8:30AM - 9:00AM // Registration & Breakfast

9:00AM // Introductions

In a rapid-fire format, attendees will get to introduce themselves and describe the community project they would like to see funded.

9:00AM // Project Development

Students will be provided with the Project Development Toolkit, an interactive pdf document that helps one think through typical project logistics like location, budget, scope, team, etc. We will conclude with a discussion on how to conduct a readiness assessment before launching a fundraising campaign.

10:30AM // Break


10:45AM // Funding Research

After the break students will jump in to research funding availability through a trial of Instrumentl – an online grant database we love. Students will have 45 minutes to research funding availability.

11:30AM // Lunch Break (Provided)

12:15PM // Funding Strategy

We will discuss how to synthesize information discovered during the grant research process to select the few worth prioritizing. We provide practical tips on what questions to ask funding agency representatives, how to confirm eligibility, calculate average award size, and likelihood of success. Students will be provided with a Funding Research Toolkit to help them refine a fundraising strategy later.  

1:30PM // Grant Writing Preparation

We will show students how to prepare a grant narrative template, host a grant writing kick-off meeting, and schedule deadlines for grant development. 

2:40PM // Break

2:50 PM // Grant Writing and Data Research

Students will learn how to research census data using the American Community Survey database and other common methods for collecting health, economic, and financial data. Examples will be provided on how to embed data driven arguments into narrative responses.

3:45PM // Break  

3:55PM // Budget Development

This session will cover how to develop a detailed project budget. We will cover appropriate methods for documenting match, cost estimates, etc. and provide a template excel budget form for students to keep.

4:45PM // Course Wrap Up

We will cover what to do if your grant request was or wasn’t successful and key lessons to take away from the workshop.

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