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Alaska Chamber This Week: April 4-11, 2012

Alaska Chamber This Week                                           April 4-11, 2012
Committee Meetings
 
Conference Line:
278-2700 

Legislative Affairs
04/09/12 at 12:00pm
 
Local Chamber Outreach
04/09/12 at 2:00pm
 

Events

04/12/12 at 10:00am

 
Upcoming Events
Alaskans for Justice Rally
Anchorage, Alaska
TODAY- April 4
PenAir Hangar
5:00pm
 
Alaska Business Roundtable Luncheon
Juneau, Alaska
Thursday, April 5
Hangar on the Wharf
Doors at 11:30AM
Keynote Address:
Senator John Coghill
 

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

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

UAF
July 14-21, 2012

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

 
BP
ConocoPhillips Alaska
Exxon Mobil

 
Capital Office Systems
Pioneer Natural Resources
Wells Fargo


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

 
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In This Issue
Deals announced on Point Thomson leases, gas line partnership

 

Gov. Sean Parnell announced last Friday that the state has settled long-running litigation over the Exxon Mobil-operated Point Thomson oil and gas field, and with it, the emergence of a new partnership to study a large gas line from the North Slope.

 

In the announcement, Parnell and his natural resources commissioner, Dan Sullivan, said that BP and Conoco Phillips would join Exxon Mobil and TransCanada on the gas line venture.

 

 
Read joint news release.  
Legislative Update: New Committee Substitute for SB192

Yesterday, Senate Finance Co-Chairman Bert Stedman unveiled a new "CS" (committee substitute) for SB 192.  The CS is still under review but at initial glance it does appear to be an improvement over the last version. The key question is whether or not it does enough to make Alaska competitive.
 
Review the new CS here. (CSSB 192 (FIN) ver T) 
 
The Fairbanks Daily News Miner published an AP article about the new CS.  You can read it here
 
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

 

Senator Murkowski to hold roundtable regarding flooding potential 

 

Senator Lisa Murkowski announced she is holding a roundtable discussion with state and federal authorities this Thursday in Anchorage - that will be livestreamed to all Alaskan communities - on the upcoming spring thaw and potential flood risks in Alaska.

 

"Alaska has seen a historic winter of snowfall," said Murkowski. "But after the snow piles peak and before the water levels increase, Alaskans' concerns and anxieties rise about the break-up and flood season ahead.  I want to answer those questions and ask officials what solutions are being prepared before we need them, as we're talking 'what-if's' around the kitchen table."

 

What: "When the Waters Rise" - Breakup Forecast Roundtable

 

When: Thursday, April 5th, 10:00am-11:00

 

Where: UAA Campus, Gorsuch Commons (3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane), Room 107

 

Who:  Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and

  • Robert Forgit, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) AK Area Manager
  • Scott Lindsey, NOAA Service Coordination Hydrologist
  • Mike O'Hare, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Webcasthttp://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Social-Media

 

Parking:  Available in the Willow Visitor Parking Lot, located off of Elmore. The Commons Building is off of Elmore, between Providence Dr. and Tudor Rd. Parking fees only in the Willow lot will be waived for the meeting.

 

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Alaska Businesses

 

Low interest federal disaster loans are now available to Alaska business owners affected by the winter storm in Prince William Sound from January 6-12,2012. The disaster declaration area makes SBA assistance available in the following areas:

Chugach REAA, Copper River REAA, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Municipality of Anchorage, and the city and borough of Yakutat. 

 

Applicants may apply online using the electronic loan application via SBA's website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela . 

 

Additionally, SBA representative will be on hand in Cordova and Valdez to issue loan applications and answer questions about the program. 

 

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is May 14, 2012. 

 

Scholarships Available For Students Statewide
The Alaska Community Foundation is notifying current and incoming college students statewide of several scholarship opportunities available for a variety of study areas and student types, many of which have deadlines for application in the coming weeks. 
 
For more information about these scholarships, including eligibility requirements and criteria, please visit the foundation's
2012 Legislative Position Spotlight

Federal Position

 

Support a Robust Response to FCC 10-58 and Expansion of Alaska's Broadband Infrastructure 

 

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce supports a robust response to the Federal Communications Commission's 10-58 as it relates to the proposed National Broadband Plan (NBP). Alaska is unique when it comes to telecommunication services because of the vast land area and very limited Internet connectivity. The NBP proposes to adopt a model for the nation to calculate support levels. No model has ever been developed that predicts accurately the cost of service throughout rural Alaska. It is of great concern that the proposed NPB developed on a National level fails to consider Alaskan costs and network characteristics, further jeopardizing Alaska's current broadband and wireless connectivity. Current proposals in the NBP would threaten federal universal service support (USF) as well as fail to achieve broadband throughout Alaska at the speeds targeted by the NBP.

 

The Alaska Chamber would like the Alaska Legislature to support Governor Sean Parnell, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and other parties in their response to FCC 10-58 - Notice of Inquiry and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning the initial steps of the National Broadband Plan (NBP). Additionally, the Alaska Chamber would like the Alaska Congressional Delegation unanimously support regulation in front of the FCC that effects Alaska's ability to expand the broadband infrastructure through the state of Alaska. 

 

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