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Alaska Chamber This Week: January 30 - January 6, 2013


Alaska Chamber This Week             January 30 - February 6, 2013
In This Issue
That's a Wrap!
Alaska Business Roundtable Luncheon
Legislative Briefing Audio Available
New Regional President of BP Alaska
Alaska Chamber Supports Legislation
Action Needed
Committee Meetings 


Events Committee 
January 31
10:00 am
Legislative Affairs Committee 
February 4
1:00 pm
Upcoming Events
PNW Fly-In
April 30 - May 2
Pacific Northwest
Schedule and Registration Coming Soon
Lead Sponsors
ConocoPhillips Alaska
Exxon Mobil

Pioneer Natural Resources
Walsh Sheppard
Wells Fargo

Alaska Communications
Holland America Line
The Pebble Partnership


Alaska Railroad
Tower Hill Mine
TSS, Inc

New Members
Geoinformatics  Alaska Exploration Inc.

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. 
KDMD Alaska 
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Thank you to our 2013 Fly-In Sponsors
ConocoPhillips Alaska
Exxon Mobil

Nana Development ANTHC



Holland America
Pebble Partnership
Alaska Cruise Association
Usibelli Coal Mine
Additional Sponsor 
Flint Hills Resources

2013 Fly-in a success


Alaska Chamber members pause for group photo before Gov. Sean Parnell Reception
Alaska Chamber members pause for group photo before reception with Gov. Sean and First Lady Sandy Parnell
Alaska Chamber members spent January 23-24 in the Capitol city speaking to legislators about issues important to the business community.  The attendees met with legislators to present the 2013 positions the membership deemed to be the most important and highlighted by 3 priorities; Reform Oil Tax Policy to Encourage New Oil Production, Reduce the High Cost of Energy and Increase Responsible Natural Resource Development by Improving the Efficiencies of the Permitting Process and Gaining Access to Resources.



During the brief visit, Alaska Chamber members met with 58 legislators. Two legislators declined the opportunity to meet.  "Whether or not we saw eye-to-eye, it was great to discuss the concerns of the business community with those that have chosen to serve the citizens of Alaska," says Alaska Chamber Chair Renee Schofield.  She went on to point out that many legislators recognize the importance of expanded economic opportunities in the state and that federal and regulatory pressures are having a negative impact on businesses large and small across the state.


Full Release  

Fly-in attendees meet new legislators -Now with video


Alaska Chamber Fly-in attendees and Juneau Chamber members got a chance to sit down for a meet and greet with 10 of the 16 new legislators at the Alaska Business Roundtable Luncheon on January 24.


In addition to casual conversations over lunch, the attendees also got to hear from the legislators about how the ended up in Alaska, what they find surprising about Juneau and what they hope to accomplish as a legislator.


The legislators in attendance incuded Rep. Gattis - RRep. Isaacson - RRep. Josephson - D, Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins - DRep. LeDoux - RRep. Munoz - RRep. Nageak - DRep. Reinbold- RSen. Bishop - R and Sen. Kelly - R.

Alaska Business Roundtable hosts its 2013 Legislative Fly-In
Alaska Business Roundtable hosts its 2013 Legislative Fly-In


Legislative Briefings audio available
Janet Weiss named Regional President of BP Alaska


Janet Weiss, currently Regional Vice President, Resources, has been named Regional President of BP Alaska. The change comes as John Mingé, current BP Alaska President, has been appointed Chairman and President of BP America, Inc.


Full Release Here

Alaska Chamber sends letters of support for 3 bills in line with 2013 positions


The Alaska Chamber recently submitted 3 letters of support for bills recently released in Juneau, two addressing litigation reform, HB 29 (withdrawn) and HB 47 and one that addresses the state procurement process SB 12.


HB 29 (withdrawn - Rep. Millett) and HB 47 (Rep. Feige) both seek to address the inequality of filing injunction lawsuits in resource development.  Currently there is virtually no cost to challenge a legally permitted project, while the risk is borne by the defendants. Often the discovery phase can cost the project proponents and the State of Alaska hundreds of thousands of dollars and introduce create project delays.  Both of these bills look to address this problem by asking the court to consider wages and benefits of workers as well as payments to contractors when imposing security deposit on petitioners as recognized in Alaska Civil Rule 65(c). 


SB 12 seeks to streamline and clarify the State's procurement code while maintaining competitive procurement advantages for Alaska-based and

Alaska-owned businesses. SB 12 is directly in line with 

Alaska Chamber members' shared goal of improving

Alaska's low "business friendliness" rankings in national polls.


Letters of Support

 HB 29 - Injunction Security
 HB 47 - Injunction Security
 SB 12 - Procurement Reform 

Plan to Testify for Alaska's Economic Future


Public Testimony on SB 21 - Encouraging Increased Oil Production


On Thursday, testimony will be heard from LIOs in Seward, Ketchikan, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, Barrow, Bethel, Cordova, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Glennallen and Juneau. 


Alaska's economic future is at stake and our economy relies on oil and gas.  To increase long-term jobs and provide a sustainable economy for the state we need oil production to increase.  In order for production to increase, Alaska needs the right mix of policies in place to drive investment to Alaska.


Talking Points:

  • We support the Governor's four key principles that tax reform:  1) must be fair to Alaskans, 2) must encourage new production, 3) must be simple, and 4) must be durable for the long term.
  • Alaska's economic future is at stake and our economy relies on oil and gas.  To increase long-term jobs we need to increase production today, which is more important than the state making more money through high tax rates today.
  • Alaska is about to become the fourth largest oil producing state in the United States.  Right behind California.  This is unacceptable.  In 2012, Alaska's oil production averaged 547,000 barrels per day (bpd).
  • Tax policy does have an effect on the oil and gas industry.  Alaska's tax policy should generate more production from new fields and legacy fields alike.
  • Exploration does not guarantee production. Companies currently exploring in Alaska, such as Repsol, support a change in the production tax structure. 
  • It takes an average of at least between 5 to 7 years to reach production if an exploration well is successful. 
  • Increased production would increase the health and viability of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). 
* Chamber Member Event *



Feb 11-13 at Centennial Hall in Juneau

Innovation is a driving force of economic development. Leaders in business, government, and education join in Alaska's capital city to cultivate ideas and develop strategies to strengthen key industries in our communities and region.

  • Alaskan business leaders share experiences with Innovation
  • Innovators in economic development present keynotes
  • Collaborative work sessions tackle industry initiatives
  • Local, state and federal officials discuss regional concerns
Invited are business leaders, government representatives and residents interested in forging a vibrant future for Southeast Alaska. For more information visit www.jedc.org/innovation


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