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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News - March 10, 2010

BP makes significant contribution to Alaska Business Week

Alaska State Chamber program supports business education for high school students

JUNEAU, March 09, 2010 - BP has awarded a $60,000 grant to the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, providing major support for the new Alaska Business Week program. Phil Cochrane, Vice President for External Affairs at BP made the award presentation.

In making the presentation, Cochrane said that BP "fully endorses Alaska Business Week as an exciting and unique way to teach young people the leadership skills that are vital to career and business success."

In accepting the donation, State Chamber Vice-Chair Tadd Owens said it marks a significant step ahead for the new educational program.  "This generous contribution puts Alaska Business Week on a solid financial footing," he said.  "BP has shown a strong commitment to Alaska and to our students with this gift.  We're very grateful."  < more >

State Chamber Board Members in the News

Two Alaska State Chamber Board members have been in the news recently. 

First National Bank of Alaska Bethel branch manager Allen Hippler was named vice president.  Hippler has 10 years of banking experience, seven of which have been in Bethel.  Mr. Hippler has served on the State Chamber Board of Directors since 2006, serving as the Bethel Chamber Representative, as the Senate District S representative and now as a member of the Executive Committee.

Linda Leary is a new committee member of the Rasmuson Foundation's board.  Committee members research and provide recommendations on foundation business and funding interests to the 12-member board of directors.  She is the president and owner of Carlile Transportation Systems Inc., a trucking and logistics companies.  Ms. Leary has worked at Carlile for more than 24 years.  She holds bachelor's degree from the University of Maine and a master's degree in logistics from the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Ms. Leary has served on the State Chamber Board since 2008 as the Senate District J representative.

Our congratulations to both Board Members.

2010 Rural Energy Conference Announced

Event Slated for April 27-29 in Fairbanks

(Anchorage)  - The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) announce the 2010 Rural Energy Conference to be held April 27-29 at the Westmark Conference Center in Fairbanks.  This year's conference theme is "New Energy for Sustainable Communities."

Invited speakers include Governor Sean Parnell, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Mark Begich, Congressman Don Young, Senators Lesil McGuire and Bill Wielechowski, Representatives Charisse Millett and Bryce Edgmon and Denali Commission Federal Co-Chair Joel Neimeyer.

"Alaska is in the beginning stages of a journey that requires focus, determination, innovation and balanced risk-taking," said AEA Executive Director and Energy Coordinator Steve Haagenson. "We are striving to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels by looking at local resources as a way to stabilize energy costs."

Technical sessions will focus on four areas: Management and Economics, Current Technologies, Forward/Future Technologies and Energy Conservation. Well-known Alaska Native leader Willie Hensley will lead a panel discussion: Innovation and Change in Energy Use in Rural Alaska.

Conference registration information is available by calling the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at (907) 474-5402 or by visiting their web site: www.uaf.edu/acep A limited number of travel grants are available for rural utility personnel.

Business Owner Energy Survey

The University of Alaska, Center for Economic Development requires your help to determine the energy-efficiency needs of small business owners throughout Alaska.  Although there are several residential programs in the state that address the high cost of energy it seems as if the commercial sector is being somewhat left behind.  By participating in this survey, the University   of Alaska, Center for Economic Development can get a better understanding of what projects or programs should be further developed and funded.  Even if you rent or lease your office space, they would still appreciate your input.

The results of this survey will help determine the need for a technical assistance program providing energy-efficiency information geared toward small businesses.

The University of Alaska, Center for Economic Development is conducting this survey to assess the availability and utilization of energy-efficiency resources for small businesses throughout Alaska.

Please click on the link below to begin the survey

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB22A8Y56A848

Thank you for participating in this survey!  Your feedback is important.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Casey Bradshaw
Energy Project Coordinator
UA/Center for Economic Development
907-786-5423
F 907.786.5446
http://ced.uaa.alaska.edu/

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