- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker has announced a new regional office in Palmer.

The intent, according to a release from his office, is to provide residents in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough with better access to the governor’s office and to build stronger relationships with residents, officials and organizations in the region.

Walker said he felt it important, given the population growth in the Matanuska-Susitna region, to reassign staff from his Anchorage office to oversee operations at the new Palmer office, which is in a state-owned building.

Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang said furniture for the office came from surplus. She said there is no increase in cost for personnel and monthly rent, utilities and prorated building management costs are $1,048.

There are also offices for the governor in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Washington, D.C., and Juneau.

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