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CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2009 —129 <br /> WHEREAS, the geographic location of Seward (on the Anchorage road system) makes this <br /> research location more easily accessible for researchers and members of the global scientific <br /> community; and <br /> WHEREAS, a primary goal of the City of Seward, in partnership with the Alaska Sea Life <br /> Center, is to designate Seward as the northern marine research capital of Alaska; and <br /> WHEREAS, Seward annually hosts the Alaska Regional Ocean Science Bowl, attracting <br /> high school students and coaches from around the State to compete in northern marine Science in <br /> Seward and hosted the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in 2008; and <br /> WHEREAS, by obtaining City and State designation as the Maritime Research Capital of <br /> Alaska, and eventually the United States, Seward could greatly increase grant writing possibilities <br /> and potential to obtain grant funds for the State of Alaska, City of Seward, the Alaska Sea Life <br /> Center and other marine research and educational organizations; and <br /> WHEREAS, this designation will increase the State of Alaska, the City of Seward and the <br /> Alaska SeaLife Center's reputation as a competitive facility for northern, arctic and sub - arctic global �. <br /> marine research; and <br /> WHEREAS, Resolution 2009 -10 was adopted on October 21, 2009 from the Seward Port <br /> and Commerce Advisory Board which supports home - porting the Alaska Region Research Vessel in <br /> Seward; and <br /> WHEREAS, home porting the ARRV in Seward and designating the City of Seward as the <br /> Northern Maritime Research Capital of Alaska is consistent with the City of Seward's <br /> Comprehensive and Strategic Plans. <br /> NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br /> OF SEWARD, ALASKA, that: <br /> Section 1. The City Council is in full support of home- porting the Alaska Region Rescarch <br /> Vessel in Seward. <br /> Section 2. The City Council designates the City of Seward as the Northern Marine Research <br /> Capital of Alaska and respectfully requests the State of Alaska to endorse this designation. <br /> Section 3. This resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption. <br />