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Alaska Chamber This Week December 19-31


Weekly Update
 December 19 – 31
Happy Holidays!
Our weekly emails will resume in 2012.

In This Issue:
           Committee Meetings
       Interior Appropriations a Boon for Alaskan Causes
       Norwegian Adds Third Ship To Alaska
       Usibelli Expects Record-Breaking Year
           Legislative Fly In Registration Open
       Chamber Hosts Position Briefings
       Priority Spotlight
       Upcoming Events
Committee Meetings
Legislative Affairs Committee: Monday, December 19 at 10:00am.
Local Chamber Outreach Committee: Monday, December 19 at 2:00pm.
Membership Committee: Monday, December 19 at 4:00pm.
Finance Committee: Tuesday, December 20 at 1:30pm.
Events Committee: Thursday, December 22 at 10:00am.
Executive Committee: Thursday, December 22 at 1:00pm.
There are no committee meetings the week of December 25-31.
All meetings are held at 630 E 5th Ave, Ste 102, Anchorage and via teleconference (907-278-2700) unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: If you are a member of the committee, you will receive meeting documents when they are sent to the committee.  If you are not a member of a committee, but would like to participate or listen in, please let me know and the documents for the meeting will be forwarded to you. 
Interior Appropriations a Boon for Alaskan Causes
Senator Lisa Murkowski announced a number of funding priorities for Alaska reflected in the 2012 Interior Appropriations Bill working its way through the House and Senate – on areas ranging from resources to public health to recreation. Murkowski is the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, which, with her role on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, gives her authorizing and appropriating power over the Interior Department.
“Alaskans are a bottom line people, and this appropriations bill shows results where it counts: the bottom line,” said Murkowski.  “Since the Interior Department owns about two-thirds of our lands, we have larger and wider needs: our First People, natural resources – and job opportunities for Alaskans.”
For key Alaskan provisions in the bill, read more.
Norwegian Adds Third Ship to Alaska
Norwegian Cruise Line announced its summer deployment for the 2013/2014 season with the addition of a third ship in Alaska.  Norwegian Sun, sailing seven-day open jaw itineraries between Vancouver, British Columbia and Whittier, Alaska, will join Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl in Alaska for the summer of 2013, marking the first time the company has offered three ships in Alaska since 2009.  For a more in-depth Alaskan experience, the company is also introducing land packages that can be combined with Norwegian Sun’s itinerary.
“Alaska, with its extraordinary beauty and wildlife, continues to be an extremely popular summer destination for cruisers and therefore there is a lot of demand for increased capacity and more varied and unique cruises,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s chief executive officer.  “With the strides made by the state government, wefelt the time was right to add a third ship in Alaska, and give our guests the once in a lifetime opportunity to see more of this incredible destination.  We’ve also added the option of extending their stay with a Cruise tour that will enhance their overall experience.”

Alaska Cruise Association has calculated the impact of the new vessel running 18 voyages at 38,000 new visitors.  The fiscal impact has been estimated at $40 million in spending (direct and indirect) in Alaska.

Usibelli Expects Record-Breaking Year
Aurora Energy Services, a subsidiary of Usibelli Coal Mine Inc., expects to exceed 1 million metric tons of coal exports in 2011, the company announced.
It will be the first time the company has reached the milestone in 26 years. Approximately four trains per week travel the Alaska Railroad between Healy and Seward, carrying about 7,000 tons of coal in each.
The exports are takes to Chile, Japan and South Korea.
Usibelli began mining coal in Healy in 1943, producing coal for the Army. The company supplies fuel to Alaska’s six coalfired power plants, and began exporting coal through Seward in 1985.
Legislative Fly In Registration Open
The Legislative Fly-In will take place January 25 and 26, 2012 in Juneau. Register Now! 

The annual Alaska Chamber Fly-In is designed to give members the chance to influence public policy effectively by meeting directly with state legislators and the administration. The Fly-In is your chance to seek support for the priorities and positions established at the Legislative Policy Forum and get to know your elected officials personally. Every member who attends the Fly-In can make a difference for Alaska’s business community.
A group rate is being offered at Alaska Airlines and the Westmark Baranof Hotel. Please reference the group code when making your reservations. 

Westmark Baranof Phone Number: 1-800-544-0970 (Group Code: AKST012512)

Alaska Airlines 7% Travel Discount Code: ECMJ25 (if booking online)

Alaska Airlines Reservation Number: 1-800-445-4435 (Refer to code MJ25 if booking over the phone)
Please visit www.alaskachamber.com for the tentative agenda and sponsorship opportunities.
Alaska Chamber Hosts Position Briefings
As a courtesy to our members, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce will host three one-hour briefingsregarding our priorities and positions leading up to our Legislative Fly-In. The purpose of these briefings is to discuss our positions in more detail giving our members, specifically those who plan to attend the Fly-In, a more robust knowledge base of what the Alaska Chamber supports. The briefings are currently scheduled for:
January 5 at 10:00am
January 12 at 10:00am
January 19 at 10:00am
The briefings will be similar in nature and cover the broad range of positions the Alaska Chamber has adopted.
All meetings are held at 630 E 5th Ave, Ste 102, Anchorage and via teleconference (907-278-2700) unless otherwise noted.
Priority Spotlight
The Alaska Chamber held its Legislative Policy Forum on October 25-26, 2011. Over 90 Chamber members participated and voted to adopt twenty-six positions for 2012.
Each week, we plan to highlight one of those positions so our members have a clear understanding of what our priorities are and what we will be watching closely during the 2012 legislative session. The positions will be published in no particular order and we will indicate if that position is one of our “Top Three” State or Federal priorities.
Support of Privatization of State Services
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce supports the reduction of state government involvement in areas that can better served by the private sector. Privatization can result in an increase in efficiency and thus assist in balancing the state’s budget setting a longterm fiscal plan into motion. Specifically, the Alaska Chamber supports the state removing itself from the construction business.
Upcoming Events
Alaska Chamber Legislative Fly-In 2012
January 25-26, 2012 – Juneau, Alaska
Register Now.
Rural Outreach Trip
July 10-11, 2012 – Kodiak, Alaska
Annual Conference & Policy Forum
October 2-4. 2012 – Anchorage, Alaska
Save these dates, mark your calendar and watch for additional details.

Thank You To Our Lead Partners
ConocoPhillips Alaska
Capital Office Systems
Pioneer Natural Resources
Wells Fargo
Alaska Communications
Holland America Line
The Pebble Partnership
Alaska Railroad Corporation
Totem Ocean Trailer Express
Tower Hill Mines - Livengood Gold Project
Lead Underwrites receive recognition at each event, in printed programs, and on banners. Additional recognition is given in our enews, annual membership directory, and online at www.alaskachamber.com

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