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It's Your Business Jan. 29-Feb. 6, 2014

Record attendance at Legislative Fly-In 
Nearly 100 Alaska Chamber members gathered in Juneau for the annual Legislative Fly-In. The two-day event provided Chamber members the opportunity to convey their 2014 legislative priorities to elected officials.

"The Alaska Chamber has never spoken with a stronger voice. Record setting attendance and the reception from lawmakers across both isles is a clear indication of the momentum," said Alaska Chamber Chair Brad Osborne. 

The Fly-In itinerary also included a presentation on a web tool that tracks the performance of legislators (POL Tracker), a legislative leadership luncheon, a legislative reception, a Point Thomson update, a redistricting presentation and a reception with Governor Parnell and his Administration at his residence.
 
Read the full press release in its entirety here

Change a life this summer 

Alaska businesses need qualified, educated employees poised to assume leadership positions in the future. A one-week summer program, Alaska Business Week (ABW) offers Alaskan high school students real world business experience in their own backyard.

 

There are many ways businesses can help:

  • Program sponsorship
  • In kind gifts (office supplies, t-shirts, etc.) 
  • Sponsor a student 
  • Mentor as a Company Advisor
  • Speak or judge
Sponsor ABW, a student - or both today! 

 

Nicole Schuh, ABW Program Director

(907) 278-2744

nschuh@alaskachamber.com

alaskachamber.com/abw

Walmart reaches seafood agreement  
The Alaska Chamber welcomed the news that the State and Walmart have come to an agreement where the retailer will continue to purchase Alaska seafood.

"It is good news and a step in the right direction," Austerman, R-Kodiak said. "We'll await the ironing out of the details and final terms of their agreement. It was an unfortunate situation and I thank the ASMI board, staff and that of the governor for continuing to make the case for our world-class fisheries."


A copy of the governor's announcement is available here

Alaska Chamber joins the Partnership for a Better Energy Future
The Alaska Chamber is a proud member of the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF). PBEF is leading the business and industrial community in support of a unified strategy and message in response to the Administration's greenhouse gas (GHG) regulatory agenda. 

 

The Partnership officially launches tomorrow, January 30 at 9:30 a.m. ET. Hosted by the U.S. Chamber, the launch event will feature several CEOs of top trade associations representing consumers and businesses from sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, refining, and mining.

 

These leaders have joined together to advocate for a commonsense approach to greenhouse gas (GHG) policies in order to ensure the continued availability of affordable and reliable energy for American families and businesses.
 
To learn more visit betterenergyfuture.org 

Alaska Chamber adds position 
The Alaska Chamber Board of Directors adopted a position supporting efficiencies and cost effective health benefits during its meeting last week. Proposed positions are generally considered during the annual Policy Forum, however the Board and the Executive Committee have the flexibility to consider positions throughout the year. 
 
The added policy position simply states that the
Alaska Chamber supports reducing intrusion/overreach of state government in traditionally private sector industries including the provision of health benefits for Alaska's 53 school districts, or other local or private trusts or employee groups for the purpose of supporting the most efficient and cost effective provision of health benefits.
 
All Alaska Chamber positions and priorities are listed online here.

 

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