To help tribes become aware of the significance of tribal transportation issues through education and training, to help tribes define transportation systems that enhance community and economic development, promote desired land use, protect cultural resources, to orient and coordinate federal, state and local governments, and maximize efficient use of transportation resources.
In April 2007, the Interior-Aleutians Campus (I-AC), College of Rural and Community Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) were awarded a Tribal Technical Assistance Program grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration to bring the Alaska Tribal Technical Assistance Program (AKTTAP) to Alaska.
The AKTTAP is housed at the Interior-Aleutians Campus of UAF and will continue to provide information while expanding the opportunities for access to education and technical assistance to further meet the needs of Alaska's Tribal Governments.
UAF and I-AC have extensive experience in providing distance education in Alaska and plan to build on that experience to expand and provide training and workshops at the village level, through audio, video, internet based, and even paper based independent study. The AKTTAP will also provide linkages to the materials and technical assistance available through the Alaska University Transportation Center (AUTC) and the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) located in Fairbanks.
As one of the most significant benefits of bringing the program to Alaska, we are looking forward to increased involvement and collaboration with Alaska's Tribal Governments, with the overall goal of providing a greater opportunity for tribal input as well as increased responsiveness to the needs of Alaska's tribal communities.
National Local/Tribal Technical Assistance Program (LTAP/TTAP)
The Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) are composed of a network of 58 Centers – one in every state, Puerto Rico and regional Centers serving tribal governments. The LTAP/TTAP Centers enable local counties, parishes, townships, cities and towns to improve their roads and bridges by supplying them with a variety of training programs, an information clearinghouse, new and existing technology updates, personalized technical assistance and newsletters.
Through these core services, Centers provide access to training and information that may not have otherwise been accessible. Centers are able to provide local road departments with workforce development services; resources to enhance safety and security; solutions to environmental, congestion, capacity and other issues; technical publications; and training videos and materials.
For more information, please visit: www.ltap.org
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