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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News - July 08, 2010


State Chamber Solicits Nominations for Annual Awards

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for its prestigious annual awards. The awards are the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan, the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year and the Local Chamber of the Year. Presentations of the awards will be made September 21, 2010 at the at the Chamber's 51st Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show in Juneau.

The Celebrated and prestigious William A. Egan award is given to individuals who have made substantial and continual contributions of statewide significance while working in the private sector. Each year, nominations are kept strictly confidential. The selection is made by all past chairs of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce with voting conducted by secret ballot. The recipients of the Outstanding Alaskan of the Year form an impressive list of Alaskan "Who's Who" and dates back to its first honoree in 1964.

The Bill Bivin award, established in 1993, pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization. The business is recognized for consistent community involvement, an excellent business reputation and established leadership in their fields.

The Alaska Chamber of the Year award is bestowed upon an Alaskan chamber for consistent community involvement and an excellent business reputation.

The nomination packet is on-line at our website Click here for applications

Deadline for submitting applications is the close of business on Friday, August 6, 2010

A complete list of previous award recipients in available here

State Chamber Annual $10,000 Raffle

Here is your chance to win $10,000! State Chamber Board members are now selling raffle tickets for the annual State Chamber $10,000 raffle. Raffle proceeds allow the Chamber to continue its mission "To promote a positive business environment in Alaska". Winning tickets will be drawn on September 21, 2010, during the Fall Conference and Trade Show in Juneau, Alaska. Tickets may be purchased from State Chamber staff or any of our statewide Board members. Here is a link to the list of Board members.

Raffle Overview:

v Tickets cost $100 each.

v Only 300 tickets are sold and there are 13 cash prize winners.

v There are an additional 37 prizes donated by members; odds of winning are very good.

o Check out the complete of prizes listed in the attachment to this e-mail

v Buyers may team up to purchase a ticket (please list ALL names in the comments box).

v All 300 tickets are drawn to determine prizes

v The first ticket drawn wins $500.

v Every 25th ticket drawn wins $250.

v The last ticket drawn wins $10,000!

v Need not be present to win.

NOTE: You have the option to split the Grand Prize. If you choose "Split" and your ticket is one of last two to be drawn, the Grand Prize will be split and both tickets will win $5,000. If you choose "No Split", then the drawing will continue and you risk winning it all or winning nothing. You will receive your credit card receipt and raffle ticket(s) in the mail, so please make sure we have your correct mailing address. Thank you!

We look forward to seeing you in Juneau September 20-22!

Renewable Energy Fund Request for Applications

AEA Seeks Qualified Applicants for Round IV Grants

(Anchorage) -The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is soliciting competitive grant applications from qualified applicants for renewable energy projects to be funded by the Alaska State Legislature. The Round IV application period opens July 21. AEA must receive Round IV applications no later than 5:00 PM Wednesday, September 15, 2010.

In 2008, the Alaska Legislature established the Renewable Energy Fund and authorized AEA to administer procedures for awarding the grants and distributing grant funds. AEA received more than 350 Round I, II and III applications, which were thoroughly evaluated in accordance with criteria set forth in the legislation. Following AEA's recommendations, the Legislature approved 129 Round I, Round II and Round III renewable energy projects totaling $150 million.

AEA is seeking to recommend projects based on applications that clearly demonstrate a public benefit from the proposed project. From Round IV applications received, AEA will make project recommendations to the Legislature for FY2012 funding.

Starting July 21, a new link to the Round IV web page will be available from AEA's home page, www.akenergyauthority.org. The link will access the Request for Application, application forms and all supporting information. Applicants may also contact Renewable Energy Fund Grants Administrator Butch White by e-mail at re_fund@aidea.org, or telephone (907) 771-3048.

This year marks the second Renewable Energy Fund construction season. Seven projects across Alaska are completed and twenty additional projects are scheduled for completion this year. For the first $125 million appropriated in Rounds I and II, 97 grants to successful applicants are in place. AEA expects to have Round III grants in place in early July. Funds are disbursed to grantees as work proceeds and invoices are submitted to the Authority.

Don Habeger Named New Division Director at DCCED

July 7, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - The state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development added more private-sector expertise to its staff recently with the hiring of Donald Habeger, who was appointed director of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing.

Habeger brings a wealth of business and government relations acumen to the Juneau-based position. Most recently, he served as a legislative assistant to Rep. Jay Ramras. Prior to that, he worked as a vice president for a $6.5 billion cruise industry company, where his duties included responsibility for community and government relations. A longtime Juneau resident, Habeger previously worked in service to the maritime industry in Southeast Alaska, including a stint as port manager in Juneau, where he was tasked with supervisory, accounting and budgetary responsibilities, as well as facilitating efficient, cost-effective operations for Port of Juneau activities. He also has earlier experience in residential construction and education.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Don Habeger's caliber on the DCCED team," said Curtis Thayer, who oversees the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing as deputy commissioner of the department. "We especially value his broad private-sector expertise and impressive array of organizational and operational skills. He will be a great asset to the department and the people of Alaska."

As director of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing, Habeger will be responsible for ensuring that competent, professional and regulated services are available to Alaska consumers.

"It is a privilege to serve in this capacity at this critical time in Alaska's history," Habeger said. "Although we are facing economic challenges as a state, Alaska is still a place of great opportunity and promise. Governbor Parnell has assembled an exceptional team, and I look forward to doing my part."

Mr. Habeger holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from NorthCentralUniversity in Minnesota and has completed master's level studies in the University of Alaska Southeast's public administration program. He has been an Alaska resident since 1979.

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