Alaska Chamber News: February 27-March 13, 2013
Pacific Northwest Outreach Trip
Join your fellow Alaska Chamber members as they travel to the the Seattle/Tacoma area to strengthen relationships with organizations, individuals and businesses that are closely linked to Alaska through our shared economies and trade.
This biennial event is a great chance for members, old and new, to meet their PNW counterparts and their fellow Alaska Chamber members during a fun and informational trip.
This popular event sells out quickly, so sign-up today and secure your place on the trip.
Pacific Northwest Outreach Agenda
Pacific Northwest Outreach Sponsorship Opportunities
Murkowski addresses Alaska Business Roundtable
Sen. Lisa Murkowski addressed Juneau business leaders last week at "The Alaska Business Roundtable," a joint event presented by the Alaska and Juneau Chambers.
Murkowski pointed out the fact that many businesses and individuals in Alaska are doing well, especially compared to the lower 48, but that the impasse in congress could have huge effects on the Alaska economy.
"It is coming," Murkowski said. "what it will actually mean to us I simply can't tell you with any degree of confidence."
Read the Juneau Empire article here.
The Alaska Business Roundtable is a joint event presented by the Alaska and Juneau Chambers featuring speakers and programs that address issues important to the business community.
Where: Hangar Ballroom
When: Thursdays during Legislative Session. Doors open at 11:30, program starts at 12:00
Price: $17 members / $22 non-member
2/28 - No Roundtable
3/7 - Governor Sheffield
3/14 - TBA
3/21 - Governor Parnell
Make your voice heard
As an Alaska Chamber member, these are opportunities for you to voice your opinion and that of the Alaska business community.
The Alaska Chamber state priorities and positions are available here to help guide you. Make your voice heard at the events below:
Senators Coghill, Bishop and Kelly
Fairbanks LIO - Alaska USA Building
1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308
Saturday, March 2
11PM - 1PM
Noel Wein Library Conference Room
1215 Cowles Street
Saturday, March 2
10:30AM - 12:30PM
Senator Kevin Meyer and
Representative Charisse Millett
Little Italy Restaurant
2300 East 88th Avenue
Saturday, March 2nd
1PM - 3PM
HJR 10 moves out of committee
Alaska House Majority Whip Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, signs the committee report for passage of HJR 10 during yesterday's House Transportation Committee
HJR 10, which Wilson sponsored, will put a constitutional amendment before voters to amend the Alaska Constitution to reinstate a dedicated fund for transportation projects. HJR 10 now moves to the House Judiciary Committee.
HJR 10 is one of many bills that the Alaska Chamber is tracking and supporting. Follow this bill and others on the Alaska Chamber website at Bills to Watch.
New and improved Capitol Notes released
On Friday, February 1 the first installment of Capitol Notes for the 28th Alaska Legislature was released.
The revamped e-news highlights opportunities for Alaska Chamber members to make the "voice of Alaska business" heard during the Alaska Legislative Session on the priorities and issues adopted by the Alaska Chamber.
In addition to highlighting current issues before the legislature, Capitol Notes provides links to many tools for following legislation during session including bill search, committee schedules, akl.tv, Alaska Statutes and more.
Not receiving Capitol Notes? Become a member today!
"Bills to Watch" now online
Every session, the Alaska chamber creates a list of "bills to watch" to help members, elected officials and the public follow legislation important to the business community.
In addition to providing bill, committee and sponsor information, the list includes the Alaska Chamber's position on the proposed legislation and whether the Chamber supports or opposes it.
The page is regularly updated and can be found on the AlaskaChamber.com site under Bills To Watch.
Legislative Briefings audio available
In case you missed any of the policy briefings:
"Increase Responsible Natural Resource Development by Improving the Efficiencies of the Permitting Process and Gaining Access to Resources"
"Reform Oil Tax Policy to Encourage New Oil Production"
"Reduce the High Cost of Energy"
Audio and talking points are available online here.
E-news going biweekly
In order to provide more informative articles, the Alaska Chamber e-newsletter will be moving to a bi-weekly publishing schedule starting this issue.
By moving to biweekly publication, we hope to help alleviate your inbox overcrowding while still providing the information you have come to expect from the Alaska Chamber.
It is with this intent that we will continue providing Action Alerts and announcements as appropriate and Capitol Notes weekly throughout the legislative session.