Fairbanks assembly considers cold weather testing park

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) The Fairbanks North Star Borough should help develop a cold weather testing park, according to the mayor and her new economic development coordinator.

Kathryn Dodge will pitch the idea to the borough assembly Thursday on behalf of Mayor Rhonda Boyles. Dodge will ask the assembly to pass a resolution to devote borough resources, such as personnel and land, to develop a cold weather testing park.

Details about a possible park are not mentioned in the proposed resolution, but it says the testing park would be a cooperative effort between the borough, Fairbanks Economic Development Corp., the U.S. Department of Defense, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and private parties.

We have a lot of cold-weather testing going on in Fairbanks, but it's unnurtured,'' Dodge said.

Dodge has been on the job about a month. Her duties include supporting the borough's Economic Development Commission, acting as a contact on economic development efforts and seeking grants to develop and market Fairbanks.

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