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Alaska Chamber THIS Week: March 14-21, 2012

Alaska Chamber This Week                                March 14- March 21, 2012
Committee Meetings
Conference Line:
278-2700 

Executive Committee
03/15/12 at 1:30pm

Legislative Affairs 
03/19/12 at 12:00pm
 
Membership 
03/19/12 at 4:00pm

Finance
3/20/12 at 1:30pm
 
Upcoming Events
Alaska Business Roundtable Luncheon
Juneau, Alaska
Thursday, March 15
Hangar on the Wharf
Doors at 11:30AM
Keynote Address:
Senator Gary Stevens
 
 
'Make it Meaningful' 
Rally for Reform Luncheon
Dena'Ina Center
Wednesday, March 28
Doors at 11:00am
 
 
The Business of Clean Energy in Alaska Conference
Dena'Ina Center
April 19-20

Alaska Chamber Outreach Trip
Kodiak, Alaska
July 10-11, 2012

UAF
July 14-21, 2012

Policy Forum
Anchorage, Alaska
October 2-4, 2012
Our Lead Sponsors

 
BP
ConocoPhillips Alaska
Exxon Mobil

 
Capital Office Systems
Pioneer Natural Resources
Wells Fargo


Alaska Communications
Holland America Line
The Pebble Partnership
 
Alaska Railroad
Boeing
Tesoro
TOTE
Tower Hill Mine
TSS, Inc

 
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New Alaska Chamber Team Member
 
The Alaska Chamber is proud to welcome our newest team member, Bill Gregory. Bill has accepted the position of Membership Representative. 
 
Bill has an extensive background in sales and experience as a small business owner. 
 
As the Membership Representative, Bill will lead the efforts of growing Alaska Chamber- not only in number of member companies we advocate for, but in our geographic representation as well. As a statewide organization, the Alaska Chamber looks forward to strengthening our collective voice to promote a positive business environment for all of Alaska.
 
Bill can be contacted at bgregory@alaskachamber.com
New State Department Visa Rules Concern Alaska's Seafood Industry

 

The State Department is moving to halt visas that allow foreign students to work in U.S. manufacturing jobs, which Alaska seafood processors say could create an employment crisis going into the summer season.

 

State Department overhaul of the J-1 Summer Work Travel program comes after reports of abuse. In one well publicized incident last summer, hundreds of foreign students walked off their jobs at a plant in Pennsylvania that packs Hershey's chocolates, saying they were subjected to brutal sweatshop conditions for scant pay.

 

The changes to the program would have a particularly big impact in Alaska.

 

Read more. 

 

Action Alert: Urge Feds To Implement Sensible Ocean Policy

Deadline To Submit Comment Extended Until March 28, 2012. 
 

Tell the Obama administration that the nation simply cannot afford any new actions that threaten to further hinder our ability to create jobs and achieve energy independence by developing our own resources.

 

The National Ocean Policy Draft Implementation Plan proposes more than 53 federal actions and nearly 300 milestones that call for, among other things:

  • A national zoning plan that could cordon off vast areas of the ocean from human activity and which will be developed by regional zoning boards comprised solely of government officials;
  • New studies that could unnecessarily and indefinitely delay commercial and recreational activities, effectively halting those activities;
  • A new federal land grab of millions of acres of onshore and offshore areas; and
  • Regulations that apply to both land and water-based activities

The National Ocean Council is currently accepting comments on the Draft Implementation Plan.  The National Ocean Policy has already been cited as justification in part for not allowing any Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing to take place outside the Gulf of Mexico and limited areas inAlaskauntil at least 2017.  Implementation of the National Ocean Policy, as currently proposed, stands to limit domestic energy development and harm for our nation's economy.

 

Submit A Letter Today. 

 

 

Register Today: Make it Meaningful Rally

 

Legislators in Juneau continue to search for 

ways to reform Alaska's oil tax system so we can continue producing new and existing oil reserves. You can help send the message that only meaningful oil tax reform can help turn Alaska's oil production decline around.

 

Wednesday, March 28

Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center, Third Floor
Doors open at 11:00 am 

Luncheon Program begins at 12:00 pm

 

Cost is $40 per person (tables of ten available for $400). Prices for this event cover actual costs and will not raise funds for any organization.

 

REGISTER ONLINE

http://www.akrdc.org/membership/events/special/ 

 

 

 

Alaska Business Week: Registration Open!

 

Alaska Business Week 2012 is scheduled for July 14-21, 2012. The Alaska Chamber is entering its third year of hosting high school age kids from all corners of the state to the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus for an intense week of 'Business Bootcamp.' 

 

You and/or your business can be involved in a number of ways from recommending a student for the program to sponsorship opportunities. 

 

Learn More. 

 

Do you know a high school age student that might be interested in attending? Encourage them to register today

 

2012 Legislative Position Spotlight

State Position

 

Support Reduction of Workers' Compensation Costs

 

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce supports legislation to reduce workers' compensation costs. Workers' compensation provides security to Alaska's workforce through a no-­-fault wage replacement and medical benefit system for employees injured on the job. The cost to Alaska employers to provide these benefits is currently higher than in any other state in the nation. A significant portion of these costs (75%) is attributable to medical evaluation and treatment.

The Alaska Chamber supports adoption of medical treatment, billing, and utilization guidelines for Alaska workers' compensation that are consistent with national standards. Current law provides inadequate incentives for medical providers to focus on speedy recovery and return to work. The implementation of nationally-­-recognized standards for treatment, emphasizing quality and outcome, will benefit Alaska's injured workers and reduce the cost of medical care. Use of a fee schedule that conforms to national medical billing guidelines will further reduce workers' compensation medical costs in Alaska. 


 

 

 
 
 

 

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