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ALASKA CHAMBER | It's Your Business May 7-21, 2014


It's Your Business 
May 7-21, 2014 
In this issue
SB 138 signing
Petro in D.C.
OIG to investigate EPA
Employee engagement training, May 14
Outreach trip waitlist opens
ABW registeration countdown
Upcoming Committee Meetings 


Alaska Chamber
Local Chamber
Outreach Committee
2 p.m., May 12
Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Chamber
Finance Committee
1:30 p.m., May 20
Anchorage, Alaska   
Juneau Chamber
Weekly Luncheon Program
Alaska Business Week
11:30 a.m., May 8
Juneau, Alaska

Juneau Chamber
Weekly Luncheon Program
Andrew Sayers-Fay
11:30 a.m., May 15
Juneau, Alaska

Alaska Chamber Community Outreach Trip June 23-25
Nome, Alaska
Alaska Business Week
Summer Program
July 27-August 2
Fairbanks, Alaska
Thank you to 
our valued
Lead Sponsors
ConocoPhillips Alaska
NANA Development Corp.
Pebble Limited Partnership

Pioneer Natural Resources
Walsh Sheppard
Wells Fargo Bank Alaska
Alaska Communications
Holland America
American Chemistry Council
The Boeing Company
Petro Marine Services
Seekins Ford Lincoln
Tesoro Alaska Company
Governor to sign SB 138  
On Thursday, May 8 Governor Parnell will sign Senate Bill 138, which provides framework for Alaska to become part-owner of large diameter gasline. With construction of the pipeline expected to add anywhere from 9,000 to 15,000 jobs to Alaska's work force, this is a great step in the right direction and validates the Legislature's resolution to create an Alaskan-owned pipeline development company.
Signing of SB 138 
When:  2:15 p.m., Thursday, May 8 
Where:  Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center
Welding Facility
3695 Cartwright Court
Fairbanks, Alaska
Petro joins Tacoma Chamber Fly-In   
This week Alaska Chamber President/CEO Rachael Petro joins the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber in our nations capital during their 29th Annual Washington-to-Washington, D.C. Conference. Similar to the Alaska Chamber's Fly-In, the conference provides business leaders and civic officials the chance to participate in meetings with our Congressional delegation, military officials and federal agency representatives.
Given the economic ties between Alaska and Tacoma, the Tacoma Chamber invited the Alaska Chamber to participate. Of particular importance to them is elevation of their advocacy to the Alaska delegation with whom they traditionally meet. The opportunity for the Alaska Chamber is to elevate our issues in a relevant manner to members of the State of Washington delegation. 
Highlights on this year's agenda includes a Pentagon Visit, an issues briefing by the U.S. Chamber and a panel on Federal issues.
Follow the delegation's visit online on the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's Facebook page.  
Inspector General to investigate the EPA's preemptive veto of proposed Pebble Mine  
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is slated to come under the scrutiny of the Inspector General. A memo to several EPA officials states that the Office of the Inspector General "plans to begin preliminary research to determine whether the ... (EPA) adhered to laws, regulations, policies and procedures in developing its assessment..."

Internal communications within EPA indicate that discussions within the agency regarding use of the Clean Water Act Section 404 (c) to veto the proposed project occurred years before the agency conducted an assessment.

The Alaska Chamber advocates for efficient, predictable regulatory and permitting processes. It should go without saying that regulatory and administrative departments at all levels of government should follow their own laws, regulations and policies. 
Don't miss employee engagement training 

Keep your employees from falling into the same situation as the guy in the cartoon. Learn best practices on engaging employees of business on public policy issues from the nation's pros with like-minded business people.

Co-hosted by the Alaska Chamber and Prosperity Alaska, BIPAC will be Anchorage on May 14 to hold a seminar on Employer to Employee Engagement on Public Policy Issues.

Employees are the largest untapped constituency for advancing economic issues in Alaska. Anti-business forces in and out of state have done an impressive job garnering grass roots support while the business community has barely begun. We cannot afford this any longer, it is time to engage.

What:  Employee Engagement Training 
Where:  Petroleum Club of Alaska  
When:   9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, May 14 
Cost:  Free 
BIPAC, which stands for Business-Industry Political Action Committee, is the nation's longest standing business advocacy organization. 
Waitlist opens for outreach trip to Nome 

WIth a full list of registrants, a waitlist has opened for those still interested in joining us in Nome for this year's Community Outreach Trip. Request to be added today. We'll keep you posted on the status!
Thank you to our generous sponsors!

ConocoPhillips Alaska

NANA Development Corp.

Totem Ocean Trailer Express

Holland America

Kinross Fort Knox 


Alaska Airlines


ABW registration countdown begins 

Less than a month remains to register for Alaska Business Week (ABW). A great way to learn about business, ABW prepares Alaska high school students for after graduation. Register your student by May 30 to secure a spot in the 2014 summer program. 


Learn more at upcoming event in your area: 
  • Juneau Chamber Luncheon: May 8
  • Seward Chamber Luncheon: May 16   
Questions? Email nschuh@alaskachamber.com 

Thank you to our 2014 ABW sponsors!


Alaska Credit Union League 
Alaska Airlines 
Alaska Communications
Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
Alaska Railroad 
Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.  
Arctic Slope Regional Corp.  
Design Alaska 
First Choice Health 
Fairbanks Chamber
Soldotna Chamber 
NANA Development Corp. Northrim Bank 
Premera Blue Cross 
Princess Cruises 
Ravn Alaska 
Shell Exploration 
Totem Ocean Trailer Express 
Usibelli Coal Mine
Watterson Construction


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