When Anchorage became a member of Welcoming America in 2014, we joined other cities in recognizing that inclusivity – the tangible expression of equality and equity -- is a foundation for prosperity. We know that pride of place means pride of place for all our residents, and that the many heritages that weave together to become Anchorage make us a culturally vibrant and globally connected city. In a remote city, on the periphery of the continent, we practice inclusivity because it is our way of respecting the values that America stands for, and because we know that living those values is the surest way to achieve our promise.
Welcoming Anchorage is a collaboration between the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage School District, local businesses and organizations, and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. In 2016, the Mayor’s Office, supported by Wells Fargo, the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, and the Alaska Community Foundation was awarded a Gateways for Growth grant from Welcoming America and the New American Economy. The grant supported Welcoming Anchorage’s multi-sector strategic planning process. This document is a culmination of that process - an action-oriented strategic integration plan to identify policy changes, guide implementation activities, and ultimately serve to remove barriers to Anchorage becoming a more welcoming community in which all residents are fully integrated into economic, cultural, and linguistic life.
The Welcoming Anchorage initiative has five pillars: Employment and entrepreneurship; Civic Engagement; Connected, safe and healthy communities; Equitable access; Education.
Anchorage Diversity Record
This might come as a surprise to many, but Anchorage leads the country diversity-wise on two issues.
According to research done by the University of Alaska, Anchorage, using national census data, Mountain View, (North East Anchorage) is the most diverse neighborhood in the USA. Meaning that it has the most nationalities per population in the Country.
Anchorage School Districts
Anchorage is home to several of the most diverse school in the country. Across the whole district over 100 languages are spoken in our schools.