U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Alaska Governor Bill Walker, and AGDC President Keith Meyer at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline visitor center north of Fairbanks on October 13, 2018. (Alaska Gasline Development Corporation).

One of President Trump’s Cabinet officials made a stop in Fairbanks this past weekend.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was on his way back to Washington D.C. from a meeting in Indonesia. On Saturday, October 13th, he attended several meetings to talk about Alaska’s economy with community and business leaders.

Gov. Bill Walker organized a number of those meetings, but he said the idea to come to Alaska was the Mnuchin’s idea. He said the primary reason for the visit was for the Secretary to get a better understanding of the Alaska LNG Project.

“Learning more about the mechanics of the project, how it would work,” said Governor Walker. “He’s obviously very involved on the trade issues as well.”

The Secretary also attended a discussion with several Alaska Native corporations including Ahtna Incorporated, Calista Corporation, CIRI, Doyon and NANA.

“I wanted him to hear from them as far as what they do in the way of resource development in Alaska,” Walker said. “It’s a very unique model. And how successful they have been, and the big impact that their … corporations have on Alaska employment and revenue to the state.”

Both Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Gov. Walker accompanied Secretary Mnuchin during his Fairbanks trip.

 

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