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Alaska Chamber This Week: April 18-25, 2012


Alaska Chamber This Week                                           April 18-25, 2012
Committee Meetings
Conference Line:

Legislative Affairs
04/18/12 at 10:00am
Events Committee 
04/26/12 at 10:00am
Upcoming Events

 Alaska Business Roundtable Luncheon
Juneau, Alaska
Thursday, April 19
Treadwell Room, 
Baranof Hotel
Doors at 11:30AM
Keynote Address:
Governor Sean Parnell

The Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference
Dena'Ina Center
April 19-20

Alaska Chamber Outreach Trip
Kodiak, Alaska
July 10-11, 2012

July 14-21, 2012

Fall Conference and Policy Forum
Anchorage, Alaska
October 2-4, 2012
Lead Sponsors

ConocoPhillips Alaska
Exxon Mobil

Capital Office Systems
Pioneer Natural Resources
Wells Fargo

Alaska Communications
Holland America Line
The Pebble Partnership
Alaska Railroad
Tower Hill Mine
TSS, Inc

New Visitor Study Reveals Increase in 
International Visitors to Alaska

A new state research study found that Australia has edged out the United Kingdom to become Alaska's top international market, and that overall international visitation to Alaska grew to 10 percent during the summer of 2011. 
The Alaska Visitors Statistics Program (AVSP) Summer 2011 study, done by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and the Alaska Travel Industry Association, found that an estimated 154,100 international visitors traveled to Alaska during the summer of 2011.


Read full press release here and AVSP study here

Senator Murkowski Writes on 'Lost Energy Decade'

Below is an excerpt from an opinion piece on drilling in ANWR by Senator Lisa Murkowski, published in the Wall Street Journal on April 17. 


Ten years ago this week, the U.S. Senate debated whether to open a small section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and natural gas production. Under the terms of the ANWR amendment, a maximum of 2,000 acres in the nonwilderness portion of the refuge (less than 0.01% of the whole) would have been opened to surface development. But the amendment was defeated, and we are paying the price today.


In an energy-strategy speech Tuesday, President Obama once again listed the importance of producing "more oil and gas here at home." Whether that happens depends on what the president and other policy makers have learned since the ANWR debate a decade ago.


Read the entire article here

AK Attorney General to EPA on Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment
On March 9, 2012, Alaska Attorney General, Michael Geraghty, sent a letter to the EPA requesting that the EPA cease its work on the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. According to the Attorney General's letter, the state opposes the Watershed Assessment because: 
  • The watershed assessment and potential 404(c) actions are premature
  • The EPA lacks authority to conduct these activities
  • The watershed assessment and potential 404(c) actions conflicts with federal and state law
  • The watershed assessment and potential 404(c) actions inappropriately rely on draft guidance
  • The watershed assessment and potential 404(c) actions lacks scientific credibility
  • The assessment contemplates impacts based on hypothetical projects
  • The watershed assessment and potential 404(c) actions disregard federal and state laws, processes, and permits and the Alaska Constitution
  • The watershed assessment does not allow adequate time for review
  • The watershed assessment disregards any potential benefits from development
  • The watershed assessment and potential 404(c) actions breach the Statehood Act
You can read the full letter from Attorney General Geraghty, along with citations of the Statehood Act and the Alaska Constitution, here
Lemonade Day: May 6, 2012


Lemonade Day is a national entrepreneurial educational initiative designed to teach children how to start, own and operate their own business using a lemonade stand as a vehicle.  2011 was the inaugural year for this program in Alaska and by all measures was a success; reaching the goal of approximately 1,000 stands in Anchorage on a single day (May 1, 2011). Participating youth gave back $19,000 to charities.  Youth are encouraged to take the proceeds from their business experience and save a little, spend a little, and give a little to their favorite charity.


The goal for 2012 is to have at least 3,500 registrants statewide on May 6, 2012.  Anchorage, Fairbanks Borough, Eagle River, the Mat-Su Valley, and Southeast Alaska are a few of the communities who are excited to facilitate this program in their area. Community and business partners are encouraged to reach as many youth in Alaska as possible to encourage and teach entrepreneurship and spark a dream!


Registration is free for all participants. 


Learn more

Alaska Business Week: Registration Open!


Alaska Business Week 2012 is scheduled for July 14-21, 2012. The Alaska Chamber is entering its third year of hosting high school age kids from all corners of the state to the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus for an intense week of 'Business Bootcamp.' 


You and/or your business can be involved in a number of ways from recommending a student for the program to sponsorship opportunities. 


Learn More.


Do you know a high school age student that might be interested in attending? Encourage them to register today


2012 Legislative Position Spotlight

Federal Position


 Oppose Further Federal Land Withdrawals and Other Restrictive Land Management Designations in Alaska

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce opposes any further federal land withdrawals, marine protected areas, Antiquities Act designations and Wilderness studies on federal lands in Alaska. The Alaska Chamber will also oppose unreasonable critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species Act and other restrictive land management areas.


The Alaksa National Interest Land Conservation Act (ANILCA) sought to strike balance between preservation and multiple use activites on lands in Alaska by setting aside over 100 million acres of federal lands in conservation system units. Additional federal land withdrawals and wilderness designations would violate the "no more" provision of ANILCA. The Alaska Chamber opposes any new federal land withdrawals, marine protected ares, Antiquities Act designations, Wilderness study areas, and other new excessive or restrictive designations. 







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