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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News November 12, 2010


Alaska State Chamber Adopts 2011 Legislative Priorities

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has adopted three state legislative priorities for the 2011 legislative session. The three statewide legislative priorities are:


More than 70 State Chamber members considered over 33 proposals to develop the state and federal positions and priorities. In addition to these priorities, the State Chamber developed positions on a number of other critical issues facing the State of Alaska. The board ratified both the priorities and positions at its meeting October 28, in Anchorage.


The legislative priorities will be delivered to the Governor, Commissioners and all sixty members of the State Legislature. "Legislative priorities brought forward are aimed at advocating for a competitive and attractive business climate in Alaska to spur investment and business growth," said Kip Knudson, Chair of the State Chamber. "More than ever, the State Chamber will take a lead role in advocating for a competitive business climate in Alaska and economic growth," Knudson said.

State Chamber members employ the vast majority of private sector workers. The State Chamber established its priorities and positions supported by concise action items needed to achieve each position. Alaska businesses are increasingly challenged by rising energy and logistics costs, burdensome state and federal regulations, lack of sufficient workforce, infrastructure deficiencies, and domestic and global competition. "The Alaska State Chamber is determined to improve our 'Dead Last Business Ranking' for Alaska," said Knudson.


The Alaska State Chamber is gravely concerned about the ability of the State of Alaska to continue to grow programs and services at a time when oil supply is dwindling dramatically. Our Legislative positions speak to the need to limit the growth of government programs. These positions and priorities encourage the State to find new streams of revenue to pay for any future expansion of government programs. Government services are an important source of funding for Alaskan businesses, as such a statewide sales and income tax would negatively affect all Alaskan businesses. However, as government growth continues, Alaskans must prioritize the services they receive or be willing to fund them into the future.

For more information on the priorities and positions adopted by the State Chamber, visit our website at www.alaskachamber.com.


Alaska State Chamber 2011 Membership Directory

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce our plans for the publication of the 2011 Alaska State Chamber of Commerce Directory. As a valued partner and member of our organization, please consider this your invitation to take advantage of this very special opportunity.

This full-color publication is one of the Chamber's most vital tools for providing useful information to our members and our community. Two thousand copies of this directory will be distributed throughout the state. There will also be an online version, making this an extremely effective tool for reaching the community. You can view the current 2010 on-line edition at our website.

We are very pleased to be working with the Alaska Journal of Commerce, a leader in Alaska business news. We are partners with the Alaska Journal of Commerce in developing the directory and helping us reach our community members with this valuable resource.

Advertisers receive:

· Advertising packages to meet all budgets and needs

· Excellent design and layout services - free of charge

· Free copies of the Directory to distribute as you wish

· Online directory, with links to participating advertisers' website

Reaches Alaska's Top Business Leaders and Prospective New Members, across Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

· Promotes Alaska's top industries including: oil & gas, construction, mining, transportation, health care, commercial fishing & others.

· High profile, full color, glossy directory

· Annual publication, with year-long shelf life

· Free bold category listing with any size ad placement

· Directory published and billed in 2011 Calendar year

· Distribution includes: Alaska State Chamber of Commerce membership, The Alaska State Legislature, State of Alaska and Alaska Journal of Commerce subscribers

· Rates for State Chamber members and non-members

For more information please contact the Alaska Journal of Commerce, at 1-907-275- 2166, or visit our website for Rate Sheet and flyer. This is a very special opportunity for our business community as we endeavor to build on the positive momentum we currently enjoy. Thank you for helping to make the Alaska State Chamber a useful and valued partner to Alaskan businesses.


Resource Development Council to Host Endangered Species Act Primer


The Resource Development Council and the State of Alaska will be hosting an Endangered Species Act Primer on Tuesday, November 16, from 1-5 pm, at the Dena'ina Center (2nd Floor) in Anchorage. An agenda is attached and speakers include Alaska's Attorney General Dan Sullivan, Former Governor Bill Sheffield, and many others. The event is free to the public, but we request you RSVP via e-mail to resources@akrdc.org, to ensure they have sufficient materials and seating.


The ESA Primer is taking place in conjunction with the RDC Conference which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, November 17-18 at the Dena'ina Center (3rd Floor). Registration is still available for the conference by visiting http://akrdc.org/membership/events/conference/2010/.


Alaska Performance Scholarship

Proposed by the Parnell Administration and approved by the Alaska Legislature, the Alaska Performance Scholarship was created in 2010 as an invitation to excellence, extended to Alaska students and schools.

As part of that invitation to excellence, Alaska Performance Scholarship goals include improving high school performance and better preparing Alaskans for postsecondary education and career success.


The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce was a strong supporter of the effort to implement a performance based scholarship program and now wants to share information about the program and its availability to high school students interested in the scholarship program.


Subject to funds appropriation, awards may be first available to the high school class of 2011. Awards can be used at any regionally accredited college or university in Alaska, or for approved career and technical education programs in the state. Students may remain eligible for up to eight semesters of aid. The awards must be used within six years of high school graduation.


Looking for more information? Review these up-to-date answers to the most frequently asked questions or download the Alaska Performance Scholarship fact sheet.

Position Opening: Executive Director
Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce

Advised by the board of directors, the ED helps to fulfill the Chamber's mission of promoting, supporting, and facilitating commerce and economic growth in the community. Recruit and retain members, manage the budget, plan, promote and implement fundraising and other events, communicate with members and the public.

Call 747-8604 for more information. Complete Job Description may be downloaded or picked up at the Chamber office in the Troutte Center. Open Until Filled.


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