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Alaska to be Showcased at 2010 Olympics


Senator McGuire says Vancouver Games are an “Unprecedented Opportunity”

(ANCHORAGE) – Alaska State Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) has just concluded meetings with Governor Christine Gregoire of the State of Washington, Premier Gordon Campbell of British Columbia and other regional leaders ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. In her capacity as President of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Senator McGuire has lead a bi-national effort to present the region to the globe and to promote Alaska at the upcoming games.

"The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are an unprecedented opportunity to create growth and opportunity throughout the entire Pacific Northwest,” said Senator McGuire.

“PNWER has been a strong partner since the original bid, and their continued support is welcome as we count down to the start of the Games," said Premier Campbell.

PNWER is a public-private partnership that includes British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and Yukon as its Canadian members, together with the US states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Senator McGuire said, "These Games are a reminder of the economic, cultural, and athletic ties that bind our region together."

As the first female President of PNWER, Senator McGuire has developed an aggressive agenda for the organization focused on economic development, cross-border issues and the unique challenges facing Arctic states like Alaska, the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

“The development of Alaska’s resources and economy depends to a large extent on our relationships with our neighbors and the 2010 Winter Olympics and upcoming Paralympic Games provide an unparalleled opportunity to showcase Alaska,” said Senator McGuire.

PNWER will host several events during the opening ceremonies that will showcase Alaska tourism, fisheries and resources for international delegations.

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