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Alaska Chamber This Week November 27-December 3


Weekly Update

 November 27-December 3


In This Issue:

       Committee Meetings

       "Shell Offshore" KTUU Series

       Priority Spotlight

       Get Involved: 10ForTroops.org

       Upcoming Events



Committee Meetings


Membership Committee Meeting: Monday, November 28 at 4:00pm.


Events Committee Meeting: Thursday, December 1 at 10:00am.


All meetings are held at 630 E 5th Ave, Ste 102, Anchorage and via teleconference (907-278-2700) unless otherwise noted.


NOTE: If you are a member of the committee, you will receive meeting documents when they are sent to the committee.  If you are not a member of a committee, but would like to participate or listen in, please let me know and the documents for the meeting will be forwarded to you. 


"Shell Offshore" KTUU Series


Channel 2 KTUU recently aired a two part series highlighting the future of offshore drilling in Alaska. The news segments gave a rare glimpse at the $200 million dollar arctic icebreaker that may soon be Alaska bound and also an overview of the Shell command center in Louisiana that monitors offshore operations. Drilling could commence as early as summer of 2012.


Part I: Arctic Icebreaker Takes Shape

Part II: Lessons From Louisiana

Interactive Map: Shell Arctic Offshore Drilling


Priority Spotlight


The Alaska Chamber held its Legislative Policy Forum on October 25-26, 2011. Over 90 Chamber members participated and voted to adopt twenty-six positions for 2012.


Each week, we plan to highlight one of those positions so our members have a clear understanding of what our priorities are and what we will be watching closely during the 2012 legislative session. The positions will be published in no particular order but we will indicate if that position is one of our "Top Three" State or Federal priorities.


Support an Alaska Transportation Infrastructure Fund (ATIF)


The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce believes that Alaska's transportation infrastructure is pivotal to the state's economy and supports creation of an Alaska Transportation Infrastructure Fund.  Economic vitality requires a robust transportation system - multimodal transportation options covering the length and breadth of the State.  Alaska businesses depend on access to markets, supplies and resources.  Investment in Alaska's multimodal transportation system will enhance the competitiveness of businesses and economic opportunities for its people.  Numerous studies have proven a favorable cost-benefit to transportation investment through time savings, operational savings, and improved safety. The Alaska Chamber encourages the Alaska Legislature and the Governor to create a maintenance and capital improvements funding mechanism for investment in Alaska's land, water, and air transportation systems. 


Bills Relating To An Alaska Transportation Infrastructure Fund (ATIF)


Senate Bill 37

House Bill 30



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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