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People on the Move 4.24.17

In Memoriam: Dan Fauske  (See our original report here.   -dh)

Dan Fauske. Northern Gas Pipelines file photo by Dave Harbour

Dan Fauske, former head of the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. (AHFC), died April 5 after a battle with cancer. He was 66.State lawmakers approved legislation to dedicate AHFC’s Anchorage headquarters in his name.

Fauske led the housing agency for 18 years before resigning in 2013. He jointly served as president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC). Affordable housing and pipelines may seem like an odd pair, but AGDC was formed as a subsidiary corporation of AHFC during the state 2010 legislative session. With its expertise in project oversight and state finance, the housing agency was selected to lead the pipeline project team.

Fauske resigned from AGDC in 2015.

State leaders paid tribute to his many accomplishments.

“His work helped generate millions of dollars in construction projects and affordable housing for countless Alaskans,” said Alaska Gov. Bill Walker in a statement. “Dan was greatly respected by lawmakers on both sides the aisle – both as a friend and a colleague.”

State Rep. Mike Chenault knew Fauske for more than 17 years. In a recent House floor speech, he recalled how Fauske was once described as Superman for taking on two enormous jobs at the same time.

“Dan always answered the call and was ready to assist in any way possible,” he said. “There isn’t a community in this state from Barrow to Unalaska to Ketchikan to Southcentral Alaska that has not been affected by Dan Fauske through his days as financial director of the North Slope (Borough) through AHFC or AGDC.”

For Your Calendar!

A few days ago, we provided readers with important calendar dates for Canadian and American leaders interested in North American energy policy.

Today, we highly recommend this most important Alaska energy summer conference:

Resource Development Council for Alaska

RDC’s 42nd Annual Membership Luncheon
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 • Dena’ina Center, Anchorage • Noon

New Direction for American Mining and Energy Policy
Hal Quinn, President & CEO, National Mining Association

 Sponsorships are available! Learn more at akrdc.org.


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About the Author:

Dave Harbour, publisher of Northern Gas Pipelines, is a former Chairman of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a Commissioner Emeritus of NARUC, NARUC's Official Representative to IOGCC and Vice Chairman of NARUC's Gas Committee. He served as Gas Committee Chairman of the Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners. He also served as commissioner of the Anchorage Bicentennial Commission and the Anchorage Heritage Land Bank Commission. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree: English, at Colorado State University, a Master of Science Degree: Communications-Journalism at Murray State University and graduated from Utility Regulatory School for Commissioners at Michigan State University. He served as a Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at Alaska Pacific University, taught bank marketing classes at the University of Alaska and was an English teacher at Los Alamos High School. Harbour served in ranks of Private - Captain during a 4-year assignment with the Army in Korea, Idaho, Georgia and Fort Meade and received the Meritorious Service Medal among other commendations. Harbour is also a past Chairman of the Alaska Council on Economic Education, the Alaska Oil & Gas Association Government Affairs Committee, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Export Council of Alaska and the Department of Commerce's District Export Council. He is a past President of the Alaska Press Club, American Bald Eagle Foundation, Consumer Energy Alliance-Alaska and Common Sense for Alaska. Harbour was instrumental in founding the American Bald Eagle Research Institute (UAS), the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Downtown Anchorage Business Partnership, and Arctic Power. He also served as CEO of several small Alaska organizations, including the Anchorage Parking Authority and Action Security, Inc. Harbour is also Chairman Emeritus of the Alaska Oil & Gas Congress. Harbour's wife, Nancy, is a professional, performing arts administrator and his three boys, Todd, Benjamin and William work in the fields of environmental management, energy marketing and medicine.
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