Luncheon: Boroughs Panel

January 16, 2018 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Dena’ina Center
600 W 7th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Some areas of Alaska are still growing – and require infrastructure upkeep and development. Representative from Boroughs around the state will discuss upcoming projects, department priorities and proposal best practices. Speakers include representatives from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (MSB) and the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB).

Learn More About Our Speakers:

Russ Krafft first began working for MSB as the Assistant Purchasing Officer in 2002, and now serves as the Purchasing Officer. In this capacity, he is responsible for all Borough procurement activities, ensuring compliance with local, state and federal regulations. In 2006, Mr. Krafft left MSB to assist in the start-up activities of the newly formed MOA Public Corporate Authority, Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility. Returning to the Borough in 2007 again as the Purchasing Officer, he was given additional tasks as the MSB Project Manager for the Goose Creek Correctional Center (GCCC). 

 With more than 20 years in private and public procurement, outside of Municipal Government, Mr. Krafft has primarily worked in the construction and transportation industries. Heavily invested in the Southcentral community as an active volunteer, he spends many hours a week supporting local and national non-profit organizations. Raised in the upper Midwest, Mr. Krafft was taught that nothing comes to you without hard work. He is a firm believer that if you place integrity above all else, you can always look back upon your work with pride.

Janet Smith, AIA is a registered Architect and the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works at the FNSB. She served as Architect and Project Manager with the Design and Construction Division until her promotion to Deputy Director. Prior to employment with the Borough, Ms. Smith owned a small, private architecture practice and was formerly a member of the professional team at Bettisworth North Architects and Planners. 

An early fascination with building plans and the process of creating spaces from drawings led Ms. Smith into the field of architecture. Initially interested in developing efficient residential spaces, her career has taken a variety of paths into many other aspects of the profession – which she has found particularly rewarding. Ms. Smith grew up in New Jersey and holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. She is an avid sports fan and enjoys fishing and dog-mushing.