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Anchorage Downtown Partnership announces three new board members

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Anchorage Downtown Partnership recently welcomed three new board members: Matt Samuel, regional director of Diamond Parking, Larry Michael, owner of Arctic Fox Inn B&B and Eric Ritner, real estate broker. All three represent voices of downtown property owners, and are motivated to keep downtown clean, safe and vital through the pandemic and beyond. 

“Our newest board members represent interests from different areas across our Downtown Improvement District, including less frequently activated areas like East Downtown where we are looking for ways to expand our placemaking efforts,” said Amanda Moser, executive director of Anchorage Downtown Partnership. “We’re excited to have the voices and perspectives of these three downtown property owners as we work to ensure investment in downtown Anchorage remains attractive for years to come.”

Before Matt Samuel and his wife called Alaska home, he received a degree in urban geography and has lived in cities like Chicago, Dublin, Manchester and Barcelona where he witnessed successful urban regeneration. For over 20 years, he has worked in real estate and site research. For the past eight years, Samuel has worked in downtown Anchorage as regional manager for McKinley Properties & Diamond Parking. Currently, he has two daughters attending elementary school within the Downtown Improvement District, and he is committed to a vibrant downtown that can be accessed and enjoyed by all sections of the community.

After answering an ad in a Seattle newspaper, Larry Michael moved to Bethel, Alaska, in 1982. As a nationally honored school psychologist, he relocated to Anchorage in 1990 where he worked for the Anchorage School District and then North Slope Borough Schools. Michael retired from education in 2018, and now owns Arctic Fox Inn B&B  lodging with his husband, Allan. As an East Downtown property owner, he meets regularly with neighbors who help each other and work to invest in their area of downtown. Michael is excited to join a solutions-focused board during a uniquely challenging time. 

With more than ten years of experience in commercial real estate, Eric Ritner joins ADP with vital insight on how to serve property owners throughout the Downtown Improvement District. As a managing partner of Real Estate Solutions of Alaska and Operating Director of KRK Management, Ritner understands the unique challenges and opportunities that exist in downtown Anchorage from his own experience managing downtown properties. He enjoys fostering community and looks forward to connecting with fellow board members and downtown stakeholders to continue ADP’s mission of building a clean, safe, vital downtown.

About Anchorage Downtown Partnership
Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. is a 501 © 6 non-profit entity. It’s charged with the management of the Downtown Improvement District to help improve the cleanliness and safety of downtown: to decrease crime; to increase occupancy rates, investment values, and lease income; and to generally stimulate economic development and enhance the quality of life in downtown.

Media Contacts
Amanda Moser, Anchorage Downtown Partnership
amoser@anchoragedowntown.org / 907-830-7560

Gary Scott, Thompson & Co.
gary@thompsonpr.com / 907-229-7311

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