ACLT’s economic development work includes efforts to build a create a new image for Mountain View. As part of that work, ACLT piloted the Mountain View Clean initiative in 2015, in partnership with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. Litter remains an issue along Mountain View Drive, with trash frequently accumulating around stores, at bus stops and in other public area. Although litter is not substantially worse than in other parts of Anchorage, it impacts Mountain View disproportionately because any uncleanliness reinforces the long-held assumptions that Mountain View is unkempt and not a good place to do business.
In order to combat this negative perception and to strengthen the progress made in the business district, ACLT partnered with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership (ADP) and Mountain View businesses in the summer 2015 for an innovative program. With funds contributed by local businesses, ACLT hired the Downtown Partnership to bring its cleaning and stewardship services to Mountain View. Every day during the summer months, ADP Ambassadors picked up garbage, power washed, managed loiterers and did many other things to keep Mountain View and Commercial Dr. clean and safe. The document below shows the work that ADP Ambassadors did in Mountain View in 2015. This summer, ADP Ambassadors are back, and are in the neighborhood from May to October.