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ALASKA CHAMBER | It's Your Business: Mar. 12-26, 2014


It's Your Business 
Mar. 12-26, 2014 
In this issue ...
Tourism's economic impact
Medicaid Reform Advisory Group forms
Chamber member named Honorary Consul
ABW Updates
B2B, hot off the press!
Upcoming Committee Meetings 


1:30 p.m., March 18

New Members 
Thank you to 
our valued
Lead Sponsors
ConocoPhillips Alaska
NANA Development
The Pebble Partnership
Pioneer Natural Resources
Walsh Sheppard
Wells Fargo Bank Alaska
Alaska Communications
Holland America Line

American Chemistry Council
Petro Marine Services
Tesoro Alaska Company
TSS, Inc.
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Tourism, healthy for Alaska's bottom line
Just how vital is tourism  to Alaska's economy? 
According to an economic impact report just out from the Alaska Division of Economic Development, the Alaska visitor industry has become one of the state's most important economic engines.

A key resource for state and policy makers in funding decisions, the report also highlights the recovery in Alaska visitation and positive economic impacts in recent years. 
Governor appoints Members to Medicaid Reform Advisory    
Promising news on the Medicaid Reform front in addressing the cost of healthcare for all Alaskans. In a recent press release, Governor Sean Parnell designated nine Alaskans to serve on the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group. Created by the governor, the group will bring in stakeholders to craft a proposal for meaningful reforms to the state's Medicaid program.

Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Streur will chair the group. The group's final report must be submitted to the Legislature for approval no later than November 15, and be ready for inclusion in the governor's
FY 2016 budget proposal. 
Chamber member named Honorary Consul to Alaska by Government of Canada
Karen Matthias has been officially recognized by the Government of Canada as Honorary Consul of Canada in Alaska.

Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Karen is an Anchorage-based consultant who provides advocacy and advice to clients in resource development and transportation. A Canadian diplomat for 16 years, Karen came to Anchorage in 2004 to open Canada's first consulate in Alaska.

Karen has served on the Alaska Chamber Board of Directors over the years in several capacities. 
Alaska Business Week Updates  
Alaska Business Week (ABW) Program Director Nicole Schuh visited today with the Palmer Chamber of Commerce during a weekly luncheon to spread the word about the upcoming  summer program on July 27-August 2 (shout out to the Palmer Chamber!).

A one-week summer program, ABW teaches the basic principles of private sector business to Alaskan high school students. Over the next few months, Nicole will be presenting to local chambers around the state.

Interested in a presentation or becoming a sponsor? Email Nicole today at

~ Thank you to our 2014 sponsors thus far! ~
Alaska Credit Union League, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Communications, Alaska Railroad, BP, Design Alaska, Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, Lynden, NANA Development Corp., Northrim Bank, Premera Blue Cross, Princess Cruises, Ravn Alaska, Shell Exploration, Statoil, Usibelli Coal Mine and Watterson Construction.
Business to Business, hot of the press!
See what we've been up to and what's ahead in the first quarter edition of our Business to Business newsletter here


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