The board of Levitation 49 is calling on supporters to show up and stand up at City Council Chambers Tuesday night, Oct. 27 . On that night, Council is hosting a public hearing during which L49, along with other leading Valdez non-profits will request funds from the city's Community Supporting Organization grant pool.
L49 is asking everyone who supports trails and more mountain sports recreation to attend this hearing to show support for L49. Executive Director Lee Hart is scheduled to present L49's pitch to City council at 9:15 p.m. Each CSO will have 15 minutes to present an overview of their organization and answer questions from Council about their grant application. The public hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 212 Chenega St.
At the end of her presentation, Hart will ask for a show of hands, cheers or applause from supporters. "This is the most important 15 minutes of Levitation 49's first year," Hart said. "We are the only first-year applicant on the roster so I cannot emphasize enough how valuable it will be for council to see a show of support for L49 and the mountain sports lifestyle."
L49 is asking the City for a grant to help get the organization off the ground and raise the bar on the production of three key events. Those three events are the American Alpine Club Valdez Ice Climbing Festival, Feb. 12 - 15; an Inaugural Fat Bike Bash and Vertical Worlds March 18 - 20 and the American Alpine Club Valdez Rock Climbing Fest May 27 - 30.
The City's CSO grant program helps support organizations that give so much and bring so much value to Valdez, said L49 President Nick Weicht. He explained L49 has already been in discussion with several CSOs to "explore ways to collaborate to leverage everyone's resources for better success for the organizations and the community we all love."
L49 also seeks grants from outside the community to fund development of recreation resources that benefit residents but also invite visitors to stay longer and come back more often. L49 has already received grants from the National Park Service and American Alpine Club. It is Alaska's first Access Fund affiliate and is in the process of becoming the state's first International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter.
The full schedule of CSO presentations is as follows:
6:15, Valdez City School District, Jim Nygard.
6:30 Prince William Sound College, Dan O'Connor.
6:45 Providence Valdez Medical Center, Jeremy O'Neil.
7:00 Valdez Arts Council, Mo Radotich
7:15 Valdez Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Laurine Regan
7:30 Valdez Senior Center
7:45 Advocates for Victims of Violence, Rowena Palomar
8:00 Connecting Ties, Tim James
8:15 Food Bank
8:30 Alaska Avalanche Information Center, Peter Carter
8:45 Weather Station, Todd Wegner
9:00 Valdez Imagination Library, Barb Bryson
9:15 Levitation 49, Lee Hart
9:30 Valdez Fisheries Development Association, Mike Wells
9:45 Valdez Museum, Patricia Relay
Levitation 49 is a non-profit sports commission dedicated to economic development through the development and promotion of events and projects that support the mountain sports lifestyle. In all it does, L49 is dedicated to conservation, preservation and stewardship of the natural resources that make Valdez so amazing.