Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2003

Process industry to hold forum

The Kenai Process Industry Careers Committee, in partnership with the Kenai Peninsula Borough and ConocoPhillips, is hosting a mini-forum Friday in conjunction with the Kenai Peninsula Career and Job Fair on Saturday. The forum will focus on the career training programs that are being fostered within the Kenai Peninsula Borough to meet the process industry's future work force training demands and the outlook for the Cook Inlet Basin oil and gas industry.

The first day of the forum will be held at the Kenai Merit Inn Conference Center from 4 to 8 p.m. The second day sessions will be held at the Kenai Peninsula Job Fair at Kenai Central High School from 9 a.m. to Noon. The career fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To R.S.V.P., contact Bill Popp at 262-6355, by fax at 262-6762 or by e-mail at

Nonprofit workshop scheduled

The Foraker Group, along with ConocoPhillips Alaska and the United Way of Anchorage presents "Public Relations for Nonprofits: Low Cost Tips and Techniques to Achieve High-Profile Results." The workshop will be Tuesday at the Land's End Resort in Homer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This session will be conducted by Teresa Moore, a noted trainer from Seattle, who works with nonprofits to create public awareness, understanding and support. During her workshop, Moore will give tips on building a more vital organization through creative communications and strong community relationships.

Fee for the workshop is $25 for Foraker partners and $50 for other participants. Lunch is included in the registration. Register online at If you don't have Internet access call Karma Tomlinson at (907) 263-2092 or (877) 834-5003.

USDA home loan limits raised

More Kenai Peninsula Borough residents may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development home loans and home improvement grants and loans under revised limits released last week.

U.S. Rural Development home loan programs are open to all rural Alaska families who meet eligibility requirements. Income limits are based on the size of a family and vary by region. For example, to qualify for a loan under the guaranteed program, a single peninsula individual can make up to $53,700 a year. The previous limit was $43,800. Under the program, a family of four can make $76,700 and still qualify for the guarantee

Income limits for home buyers seeking to qualify for a Section 502-leveraged loan are also increasing. A family of four making less than $53,350 can qualify for a subsidized housing loan and could pay as little as 1 percent interest. This program is ideal for families wanting to purchase new or existing homes. The leveraged program can be combined with Native Corporation or other tribal funds.

USDA Rural Developments also offers home repair and rehabilitation funding under the Section 504 program. Residents over the age of 62 who meet income eligibility requirements can qualify for up to $7,500 in grant funds to make roof repairs, make their homes handicap-accessible, repair water and septic systems or improve the value of their homes. Alaskans who meet eligibility requirements can get a loan of up to $20,000 with an interest rate of 1 percent.

For more information about these loan and grant funds, call Michelle Hoffman or Amy Milburn in the Rural Development Kenai office at 283-6640 or the USDA Rural Development State Office in Palmer at (907) 761-7705.

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