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Alaska Chamber This Week November 20-26


Weekly Update

 November 20-26

*Happy Thanksgiving From The Alaska Chamber Team*

n This Issue:

       Committee Meetings

       Welcome New Members

       Advertise In The 2012 Alaska Chamber Directory

Governor Parnell Extends AMFAST

Resource Development Council Conference

Energy Efficiency Survey

       Get Involved: 10ForTroops.org

       Upcoming Events

Committee Meetings

No committee meetings are scheduled this week.

Welcome New Members

The Alaska Chamber would like to welcome our newest members:

Parker Smith & Feek

Birchwood Homes

AZENDIT Financial Services

Linford of Alaska- Wholesale Foods

North River IT

Advertise In The 2012 Alaska Chamber Directory

The Alaska Journal of Commerce partners with Alaska Chamber to market and produce our Membership Directory each year. There is still time to get your advertisement in the 2012 Directory! Contact the Alaska Journal of Commerce at 561-4772 to secure your ad space today.

Governor Parnell Extends AMFAST

Governor Sean Parnell signed Administrative Order 260, extending the Alaska Military Force Advocacy and Structure Team (AMFAST). The governor also reappointed the team's members.

First created by administrative order in 2009, AMFAST works to provide recommendations to the governor on how best to retain and build on the state's current military force capability. Several notable projects have emerged from the group's recommendations, including funding for the Tanana River bridge, rail transportation near Port Mackenzie, and the Kodiak Launch Complex managed by the Alaska Aerospace Corporation.

"Alaska is home to some of the best military training grounds in the world, and our geo-strategic advantage is second to none," said Governor Parnell. "AMFAST will continue to ensure that Alaska plays a vital role in defending our nation."

Jack Wilbur sits on the AMFAST Advisory Committee as the representative from the Alaska Chamber.

Read More.

Resource Development Council Conference

The Resource Development Council (RDC) held their annual conference this year on November 16&17 at the Dena'Ina Center in Anchorage. RDC had a record turnout with over 1,000 registered attendees and 70 trade show vendors.

The two-day program included many topics that closely relate to Alaska Chambers' positions and priorities. Presentations included updates on Fisheries, Forestry, Mining, Oil & Gas and Tourism. Governor Sean Parnell also gave an address outlining his recent trip to Europe in which he delivered the 'Alaska is open for business' message to many of our EU friends.

Presentations, video, and additional information about the RDC conference can be found here.

Energy Efficiency Survey

Member company Information Insights is conducting a survey regarding the effort of Alaska businesses relating to energy efficiency.

Please take two minutes out of your busy day to help reduce wasteful energy consumption in Alaska. The survey link below is part of a larger project being conducted to develop an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Outreach and Education plan. Commercial energy users are an important market sector and we want to hear from you. The survey only takes a couple minutes and does not require any specific knowledge. Thank you in advance for helping to move Alaska toward more efficient use of our energy.


Get Involved: 10ForTroops.org

10forTroops.org was created by Armed Services YMCA of Alaska to raise awareness for how Alaskans can support local military.  Their goal is to raise $25,000 in the month of November, to provide critical programs and services for Alaskan troops.

More than 65,000 military members and their families are stationed in Alaska, far away from home and many in remote parts of the state. They serve in the bitter Alaskan cold and dark, and face repeat deployments to dangerous war zones.

Military families who are left behind often endure the stresses associated with operating a single-parent household, in a place that is geographically isolated from family and support networks, while coping with the fear and sadness the absence creates.

The 10 For Troops program asks that you take 10 minutes to learn about the hardships facing troops in Alaska, donate $10, and forward the information along to 10 of your friends or family members.

Start now by taking 10 minutes to learn more at http://www.10fortroops.org

Upcoming Events

  Alaska Chamber Legislative Fly-In 2012

January 25-26, 2012 - Juneau, Alaska

Registration coming soon!

Rural Outreach Trip

July 10-11, 2012 - Kodiak, Alaska

Annual Conference & Policy Forum

October 2-4. 2012 - Anchorage, Alaska

Save these dates, mark your calendar and watch for additional details.

Thank You To Our Lead Partners



ConocoPhillips Alaska



Capital Office Systems

Pioneer Natural Resources

Wells Fargo


Alaska Communications


Holland America Line


The Pebble Partnership


Alaska Railroad Corporation


Totem Ocean Trailer Express

Tower Hill Mines - Livengood Gold Project


Lead Underwrites receive recognition at each event, in printed programs, and on banners. Additional recognition is given in our enews, annual membership directory, and online at www.alaskachamber.com

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