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Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA) Program

Could your community benefit from technical, managerial, or financial training to improve utility operations? Consider the State of Alaska’s Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA) program. The goal of the RUBA program is to increase the managerial and financial capacity of rural utility and water/sewer providers. The program offers capacity building assistance to rural utilities throughout the state.

RUBA staff work alongside a community to identify strengths and weaknesses in their utility management, develop a plan to improve operations, and provide on-site technical assistance if needed. Staff serves to help communities improve, not penalize for any weak points. RUBA staff can provide one-on-one or small group training for the local utility staff in the community. RUBA also offers 32-hour utility management classes in Anchorage. Check out the upcoming training dates.

Training with the RUBA program can earn your utility extra points toward state and federal grants. Participants who successfully complete the full course in Anchorage are eligible for up to $1,000 reimbursement for lodging and travel expenses. Learn more about the RUBA program at their webpage, and check out this map to see which Local Government Assistance/RUBA staff is assigned to your community.

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