Marine Highway restructuring to highlight agenda of Southeast Conference annual meeting

    A restructuring of the Alaska Marine Highway System will highlight this week's annual meeting of the Southeast Conference in Petersburg.

    That was discussed on Action Line last week.

    The conference approved a resolution at its annual meeting last year calling for changes in the Marine Highway.

    The resolution led to a statewide initiative led by the Southeast Conference that has the blessing and support of the Walker Administration.

    Conference Executive Director Shelly Wright says the process is progressing nicely with consultants now working on phase one of the project which is a review of the governance strategy.  Wright says they hope to have more definitive information for members during the conference.  

    Phase Two will be the actual plan.  Robert Venables, who chairs the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, is also coordinating this project for the Southeast Conference.  He says they will come out of the annual meeting with a strong sense on where things are headed on the governance recommendation.

    Venables believes phase one will be wrapped up by the end of year with phase two then going into more details.

    The project kicked off  during the  Ferry Summit in Anchorage.

    The annual meeting of the Southeast Conference is scheduled from Tuesday through Thursday

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