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Alaska Chamber News May 22 - June 5, 2013


Alaska Chamber News                                       May 22 - June 5, 2013

In This Issue
Oil Tax Reform is Law
Seward Outreach Trip
New Ex. Dir. for Homer Chamber
ESA Working Group
Looking For a Few Good Teens
Alaska Tourism in Seattle
PNWER Annual Summit
Fall Conference Date Change
Committee Meetings 


 Events Committee 
May 23
10:45 am
Local Chamber Outreach Committee 
June 10
2:00 pm


Upcoming Events
Annual Fall Conference
October 15th
Fairbanks, AK
Legislative Policy Forum
October 16th
Fairbanks, AK
Lead Sponsors
ConocoPhillips Alaska
Exxon Mobil

Pioneer Natural Resources
Walsh Sheppard
Wells Fargo

Alaska Communications
Holland America Line
The Pebble Partnership


Alaska Railroad
Tower Hill Mine
TSS, Inc

New Members
Bank of America
Cruz Construction
Juneau Electric
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Oil tax reform becomes law

Yesterday, May 21, Governor Sean Parnell signed into law SB 21, referred to as the More Alaska Production Act.


Before a crowd of over 400 business and community leaders at the Dena'ina Center, Governor Parnell described the bill as a economic driver and a catalyst for success for the next generation.  Making this point by asking all attendees age 35 and under to stand and pointing out that this change is intended to protect and improve our robust economy now, but more importantly for future generations.


Governor Parnell said,"It's been just over a month since the More Alaska Production Act passed, and Alaskans are already seeing the positive effects of a more competitive tax regime with encouraging announcements from several companies. Alaskans now have a tax system in place built on our four principles: it is fair to Alaskans; it encourages new production; it is simple and restores balance to the system; and it is competitive and durable. I commend the Legislature for seeing this through and working with my administration to spur new production and increase opportunities for Alaskans."


During the luncheon presented by the Anchorage Chamber, Governor Parnell also signed into law several other important bills including HB 4empowering AGDC to pursue an in-state gasline, and two bills, HB 129 and SB 27 , intended to streamline the permitting process for resource development projects.

Click HERE to join organizations who oppose the repeal of SB 21!

ank you 2013 Rural Outreach - Seward

Register Today

Travel with the Alaska Chamber to Seward, AK to strengthen relationships with organizations, individuals and businesses in the area as well as network with other Chamber members and the community. 


This event is a chance to learn more about the Seward economy, its business issues and opportunities while also allowing members to let the community know about their companies, their issues and the opportunities their communities provide for expanded business.



Motor Coach Trip to Seward Windsong Lodge 

Seward Welcome Reception 

Icicle Seafood Tour 

Cruise Ship Terminal Tour 

Aurora Energy Coal Terminal Tour 

Fox Island Networking Dinner Cruise 

Seward Pub Crawl 

Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery 

AVTEC Marine Academy 

Alaska Chamber Board Meeting 

AKRR Aurora Car Return Trip to Anchorage



Register Today For Your Chance to Win An iPad Mini!*


 Full Agenda


Sponsorship Opportunities


Contact Ryan Makinster at 907.278.2727 or rmakinster@alaskachamber.com for more information


*Drawing for iPad mini limited to early bird registration which ends June 7th

Thank you to our sponsors!

Homer Chamber welcomes new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center announced Thursday, May 16,2013, the appointment of Jim Lavrakas as its new Executive Director, replacing Monte Davis who has run the Chamber for the past two years.


"Jim is passionate about Homer and we are excited about moving forward with Jim at the helm.  Although we had many applicants, Jim was indeed the best fit for this position, so it wasn't a hard decision", said Board President Pat Melone.


"With my experience on the board, and my strong belief in the Chamber's work, I'm really excited to get started", Lavrakas said. "When I'm not taking fishing charters out this summer, I'll be at the Chamber learning the ropes and working to better understand the immediate issues I'll need to focus on through the rest of the year. This transition should be very smooth and efficient."

Endangered Species Act Working Group Launched

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing a broad geographic range, today announced the creation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Working Group. This Working Group, led by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and Western Caucus Co-Chair Cynthia Lummis, will examine the ESA from many angles. Throughout this year, the Working Group will hold a series of events, forums, and hearings that will invite discussion and input on ways in which the ESA (last reauthorized in 1988) may be working well, how it could be updated, and how to boost its effectiveness for both people and species.


More information can be found on the Committee on Natural Resources Committee website.

Alaska Business Week looking for a few good teens


Alaska Business Week 2013 is quickly approaching and we are looking for a few good teens. 


The weeklong camp teaches Alaskan teens the principles of private sector business and helps grow our future business leaders, entrepreneurs and pro-business citizens. 


We are challenging you to help create a network of young people who understand life in the world of business. We're asking you to identify your community's future employers, managers and executives. 


Please take a moment to investigate the program and call or write with questions about how to kick start Alaska's future business professionals.


Visit Alaska Business Week or contact Rachael Petro at rpetro@alaskachamber.com or 907.278.2739 for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Seattle Chamber to hold Alaska tourism meeting

Seattle has become America's largest port for Alaska cruises.  In 2013, with the addition of Oceania, seven major cruise lines and ten ships will call Seattle their home port.


Convincing people from around the world to spend their vacations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska is big business.  


Jane Kilburn, Director of Tourism Development at the Port of Seattle, will discuss the role the port plays in promoting tourism to the PNW, including Alaska.


Andy Nelson, Associate Vice President of Cruisetours for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Club Cruises, will give an overview of the Alaska cruise market, the economic impact of the industry on Seattle, and issues currently facing the industry.


Date:  Thu, June 6, 2013  

Time:  8:00 am - 9:30 am

Place:  Seattle Chamber, Microsoft Conference Center,  1301 5th Ave., Suite 1500, Seattle, WA  98101

Cost for members:  $25 pre-paid, $35 after June 4 (breakfast included)


More information and registration available here.

PNWER Annual Summit Comes to Alaska

Come to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit in Anchorage, AK from July 14-19.


The PNWER Summit is a forum for Canadian and American jurisdictions in Western Canada and the Northwestern United States to strengthen relationships, to find cross-border solutions to common challenges, and to advocate for regional interests.


More Information






Sponsorship Opportunities


Alaska Chamber Fall Conference Date Change

Due to scheduling and venue conflicts the 2013 Alaska Chamber Annual Fall Conference and Policy Forum dates have been changed.


-Mark Your Calendars-


Annual Fall Conference
October 15th
Fairbanks, AK
Legislative Policy Forum
October 16th
Fairbanks, AK
See you there!


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