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Alaska Chamber This Week: January 9-15

Weekly Update
 January 9-15
Happy New Year!

In This Issue:
           Committee Meetings
       Point Thomson Comment Period Extended
       Proposed New Education Standards
       Hilcorp Alaska, LLC Ready for Business
       Alaska Airlines Receives Distinguished Award
          Legislative Fly In Registration Open
       Chamber Hosts Position Briefings
       Priority Spotlight
       Upcoming Events
Committee Meetings
Legislative Affairs Committee: Monday, January 9 at 12:00pm.
Communications  Committee: Thursday, January 12 at 2:00pm.
Priority Briefing: Thursday, January 12 at 10:00am.
(Open to all Alaska Chamber Members. Topic: Litigation Reform with subject matter expert John Shively)
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. 
Point Thomson Comment Period Extended
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for ExxonMobil¹s Point Thomson natural gas condensate development project. Public hearings were held across Alaska in December and the comment period on the DEIS was to close January 3rd, but has been extended to January 18th.
Action requested:
Alaska Chamber encourages its members to participate in the process by submitting comments in support of Alternative B. Of the five design alternatives considered, Alternative B provides the safest, most
environmentally-responsible solution for developing Point Thomson¹s
resources in a timely, cost-effective manner.
For comment points and other details, please see the RDC Action Alert at:
Proposed New Education Standards
Driven by a desire to better prepare graduates for college and careers, the Department of Education with the support of Alaska educators and stakeholders has proposed revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards to adequately prepare Alaskan students to compete globally. The new more rigorous academic standards clearly outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level to be globally competitive. The State Board of Education will take action on the new standards in June 2012 after a period of public comment from January – May 2012.
Read more.
Hilcorp Alaska, LLC Ready for Business
As previously announced, Hilcorp Alaska, LLC (Hilcorp) has completed the acquisition of oil and gas assets in the Cook Inlet from Chevron’s wholly owned indirect subsidiary, Union Oil Company of California. 
In connection with the sale, Hilcorp welcomes over 230 new Alaskan employees to the company and recognizes the skills and experience they bring to the company.  Hilcorp would like to acknowledge the effort put forth by Chevron employees as well as the state and federal agencies that assisted in the regulatory approval process for the sale.  Hilcorp’s focus is to continue to develop and produce Cook Inlet’s resources in a safe and environmentally sound manner that will provide benefits for the company, its employees and the State of Alaska.
Hilcorp Alaska, LLC’s indirect parent company, Hilcorp Energy Company, is one of the largest privately-held independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the United States. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, and founded in 1989, Hilcorp has 700 employees in the Lower 48 and nine operating areas including the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast region, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Rockies. Hilcorp continues to grow by actively acquiring and developing conventional assets while expanding its footprint into a number of new resource plays.

Alaska Airlines Receives Distinguished Award
Air Transport World magazine has named member company Alaska Airlines the 2012 winner of its coveted Joseph S. Murphy Industry Service Award for outstanding public and community service.
ATW's airline achievement awards, which recognize outstanding performance, innovation and service in commercial aviation, are among the longest running and most prestigious in the industry. Alaska Airlines is the only North American carrier that ATW is honoring this year and the first U.S. carrier to win the magazine's industry service award.
"The Joseph S. Murphy Award honors an individual or organization that makes the airline industry a better place," ATW Chief Editor Geoffrey Thomas said. "Alaska Airlines, through its numerous environmental and corporative giving initiatives, has benefited the people and communities in which it serves, as well as has brought credit to the industry as a whole."
Read more.
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 top three priorities in more detail giving our members a more robust knowledge base of adopted priorities. The next briefings are currently scheduled for:
January 12 at 10:00am – Litigation Reform
January 19 at 10:00am – Reduce High Cost of Energy
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 Litigation Reform Relating to Resource Development in Alaska
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce supports efforts to bring accountability to the appeals and litigation processes for community and resource development projects. The Alaska Chamber will support changes to the public litigant legal environment such that frivolous lawsuits are discouraged.
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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