Alaska State chamber E-News, December 10, 2010
Legislative Affairs Committee Request for Member Input
This past legislative session, the Alaska State Chamber, with the assistance of a number of our members, worked on HB 225. That legislation would have made significant changes to the State of Alaska procurement process. One portion of the bill would have eliminated the Alaska offeror's preference. Currently the Alaska offeror's preference is only contained in regulation and not in statute. The offeror's preference is a ten percent advantage that applies to state Request for Proposals in addition to the five percent Alaska bidder preference.
The Legislative Affairs Committee is working with State of Alaska Department of Administration and the State Procurement Office to address concerns regarding the Alaska Bidder's Preference and the Alaska offeror's preference. The Chamber's intent is to protect these preferences, securing them in statute. To support this effort, the Chamber would like to know how many member organizations have taken advantage of either preference.
Only the numbers of members that have used these preferences are of interest. The identities of all responders are immaterial and will be kept strictly confidential.
1. Is your member company currently or has it in the past claimed the Alaska Bidder's preference when pursuing State of Alaska contracts?
2. Is your member company currently or has it in the past claimed the Alaska offeror's preference when pursuing State of Alaska contracts?
The information you provide will help us as we work with the State to help them appropriately re-work the procurement process and procedures in preparation to introduce legislation in the upcoming session. Thank you for your participation.
Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alaska Top Forty Under 40 Awards
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Now accepting nominations
Sponsored by the Alaska Journal of Commerce, the awards recognize the state's top young professionals younger than age 40 who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment to their community. Attached is a flyer that you can post to encourage nominations to this prestigious recognition program.
Criteria for Selection:
- must be younger than age 40 on January 1, 2011
- must live and work in Alaska year-round
- must have demonstrated professional excellence in their field
- must display a commitment to the community
Find nomination forms at http://www.alaskajournal.com/SplashPages/Top40/index.shtml.
Simply download the form, fill it out, and e-mail it as an attachment to email@example.com.
An event to honor those selected is set for March 2011.
For questions, contact:
Alaska Journal of Commerce
The Alaska Railroad is calling all artists
The Alaska Railroad Corporation is soliciting submissions for its annual commemorative artwork program. Submissions should be a thumbnail sketch no larger than 11x17 inches. Mail or deliver to Tim Thompson at Thompson & Co., 445 West 9th Ave, Anchorage. Deadline is Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. The chosen artist will be paid $3,000 in return for participation in signing events in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
WPX Delivery Solutions partners with
Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
Will result in reduced shipping costs for members
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has announced a new partnership with WPX Delivery Solutions that will allow State Chamber members to receive discounted rates for shipping and courier services in Alaska. "We hope this partnership will not only benefit our current members but also increase member participation in the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce," said Wayne Stevens, Chamber President.
WPX Delivery Solutions was originally founded in Anchorage in 1975. WPX provides dependable, overnight air and ground services to all cities and most villages within Alaska. Besides Alaska and Washington State, where it is now headquartered in Auburn, WPX also services Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada. www.wpx.com
To learn more about this new Member-to-Member Benefit program, State Chamber members can access the Members Only section of our website at the Members Only tab. Alternatively, you can go to the home page, click on the Tab labeled Membership and then on the Members Only tab. Once there, you will be prompted to enter your User Name, which is your e-mail address and then your Password, which is your first name with the first letter capitalized.
Once there click on the WPX Solutions log. You will find information about WPX Solutions, locations of their offices and the rate sheet.
We are pleased to be able to offer this member-to-member discount from WPX Solutions and look forward to adding other discount opportunities for State Chamber members.
Alaska Energy Authority Seeks New Executive Director
Board of Directors Announces Search
The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) Board of Directors is seeking a new Executive Director. The successful candidate will serve as the chief executive officer responsible for leading all business and operations of the Alaska Energy Authority, a public corporation of the state whose mission is to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska.
"Alaska's energy challenges are unique among the fifty states," said AEA Board Chairman John Winther. "The AEA Executive Director must be an exceptional, experienced, forward-thinking, big-picture executive with the right technical knowledge together with a substantial record of proven leadership in business development and public policy. Our new Executive Director must also have significant management experience and the demonstrated ability to lead and inspire."
A full description of AEA's Executive Director Position and the Application for Employment can be found at www.akenergyauthority.org. The completed application and resume must be received by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 22, 2010.
AEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes reasonable accommodations for disabled persons.
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