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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News August 28, 2009

Alaska's Economy-A Three-Legged Stool

Alaska's businesses and households are only as strong as the economy that supports them.  Like the three-legged stool shown here, it takes all three legs to support and sustain our economy.  For 20 years now, Alaska's prosperous and growing economy has enabled us to operate our private businesses successfully.  In today's uncertain times, it is essential that each Alaskan learn, understand and actively support our economy-the "three-legged stool"-and what it will take to keep it strong.

Dr. Scott Goldsmith of the Institute for Social and Economic Development at the University of Alaska Anchorage has developed an interactive web site that provides great information about the basics of Alaska's economy.  Alaska State Chamber of Commerce member First National Bank Alaska provided support for the website development.

The website provides an excellent opportunity to hone your understanding of our state's economy.  Check it out at http://www.alaskaseconomy.org/

Energy Rally Planned for Anchorage, August 31

Alaskans concerned about energy issues and legislation in Congress that could harm Alaska will be participating in a rally at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage on Monday, August 31.

The rally will begin at 10:45 am, and will include numerous speakers, including Tara Sweeney of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), Vince Beltrami of the Alaska AFL-CIO,  Linda Leary of Carlile Transportation Systems and Andrew Halcro of Avis Alaska.  Doors will open at 10:15 am and the rally will conclude by 11:45 am in time for participants to attend the Anchorage Chamber "Make it Monday" forum.

The rally is intended to raise the profile of important energy issues before Alaska's federal officials return to Washington, DC after the August Congressional recess.  Rally organizers say the event will include calls for federal lawmakers to consider how legislation will affect jobs and economic opportunities in Alaska, including the potential impact of Waxman-Markey climate legislation on plans for an Alaska natural gas pipeline and an expected large increase in fuel prices and home heating costs.  The rally will focus on the need for more domestic oil exploration and fewer foreign imports, and push plans to develop offshore oil and gas sources in Alaska and elsewhere.

Members of the small business community, resource development industries, construction, mining, homebuilding and trucking are encouraged to attend the rally and support Alaska energy and Alaska jobs.  Please mark your calendar now, and be prepared to help spread the word and mobilize co-workers, employees, and concerned citizens to participate in this important event so our federally elected officials will get the message loud and clear.

Energy Citizens are Alaskans from all walks of life ­ workers in industry, truckers, union members, homemakers, small business owner's ­ whose daily lives and ability to carry on business and support their families depend on affordable energy and a healthy economic environment that secures today¹s jobs and provides employment opportunities for the future.

For more information about the rally, email AlaskaEnergyForum@gmail.com

Anchorage Chamber Make it Monday Forum follows Energy Rally

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will be the featured speaker at the Anchorage Chamber's "Make it Monday" forum following the Energy Rally at the Dena'ina Center.  Her topic will focus on the "Impact of Congressional Action on the Economy".  U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will speak on legislative progress in Washington, upcoming priorities and how the state's economic issues are being handled in Congress.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m.  Aug. 31, Dena'ina Center, 3rd Floor - Reservations are required for the luncheon forum.  RSVP today.

About the Speaker:
Senator Lisa Murkowski is the first Alaska-born Senator to serve the State and the sixth U.S. Senator from Alaska, born in Ketchikan.  Since joining the Senate in 2002, Senator Murkowski has advocated for improving the state of health care, education, energy, Veteran's affairs and infrastructure development in Alaska.

Earlier this year, Senator Murkowski became the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and won a coveted seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee. In June 2009, Senator Murkowski was elected by her peers to be a member of the Republican Senate leadership team.

In addition to her tenure in the United States Senate, Senator Murkowski was elected to three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives, beginning in 1998.  Senator Murkowski is married to Verne Martell, and they have two sons, Nicolas and Matthew.  Senator Murkowski enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, fishing, camping, and actively participating in community outreach programs

The Learning Channel TLC - Live and Learn - "What Not to Wear"

NOW CASTING SPECIAL 250th Episode

For the first time ever, in celebration of its 250th episode, What Not to Wear is doing a national search for The Worst Dressed American (open to WOMEN only).  Nominate yourself or secretly nominate a friend, and you or she could appear on the 250th episode of the show and get the royal treatment, compliments of Stacy and Clinton!  To apply for the show, go to http://tlc.discovery.com and click on the What Not To Wear Icon.  More than 10,000 people per month are nominated by their friends and family members through the Web.  Deadline for submissions is September 25th so head on over to the TLC Web site and apply today!

About the show:
"WHAT NOT TO WEAR" provides fashion intervention to people nominated by friends/family/co-worker as someone who desperately needs a style overhaul!  Fashion experts, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly then confront the person and reveal their plan to teach them "WHAT NOT TO WEAR" sorting through the person's current wardrobe and providing them with rules for maximizing their best assets and personal style.  They are given a Visa card worth $5,000, and it's time to hit the shops.  After a consultation with Stacy and Clinton on these new clothing choices, along with a dramatic hair and makeup revamp, viewers will see a complete transformation and a stunning reveal. 

Connect with the TLC Audience:
TLC is in 85 million homes in the US
23.3 million viewers tune into TLC each week
83 million viewers tune in to watch TLC each month
TLC ranks #1 in concentration of upscale adults 25-54 and 18-49 in prime time If you require further information contact: Michael Raptis, Casting Director mraptis@bbcnyproduction.com

August 28, 2009

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