"Maybe a handful of people know we're an ARDOR as well."
At a forum in Seldovia, folks from the ARDOR learned the community's generator was losing its seasoned operator, and an increase in blackouts was feared.
Alan Austerman of Kodiak worked for ARDOR funding during the 2001 legislative session.
One active ARDOR in rural Alaska is the Copper Valley Economic Development Council, based in Glennallen.
Originally, the Copper Valley ARDOR received a nearly $80,000 piece of the pie.
The Copper Valley ARDOR gets a particular boost in local importance considering there is no borough or city government.
The Southeast Conference, the ARDOR for Alaska's Panhandle, fills a completely different role.
The Southeast Conference obtained the ARDOR grant after the program was put in place, but the organization was a well-established association of Southeast Alaska business, civic and government leaders.
Triplehorn pointed out that the Juneau Economic Development Council, which is not an ARDOR, fulfills many of the business development functions that the Kenai ARDOR has taken on.