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Alaska Chamber This Week November 6-12, 2011


Weekly Update

November 6-12


In This Issue:

Committee Meetings

Mat-Su Valley COALition - A Pro COAL Rally

South To The Future: North Dakota's Oil Boom

AMA & AOGA Announce New Executive Directors

Alaska Chamber Top Priorities Named

Top Priority Updates - ANWR and Bypass Mail

10 For Troops Effort Launches

Advertise In The 2012 Alaska Chamber Directory

Upcoming Events



Committee Meetings


There are no committee meetings this week.


Mat-Su Valley COALition - A Pro COAL Rally

Plan to join the Mat-Su Valley Coalition for a pro-coal rally on November 15, 2011 from 4:00 - 5:30PM at the "Coal Miners Hall of Fame" (Alpine Inn - Mile 60 Glenn Hwy, Sutton Alaska). Hamburgers, hot dogs and soft Drinks, will be provided. Bring your favorite salad or dessert to share at 5:30 PM. The Pro Coal Rally will move to the Sutton Elementary gym for the 6:00 PM DNR Public Meeting on the Wishbone Hill Project. To show your support you can Wear a Black T-Shirt, carry banners, wear a yellow "Mining Rocks Alaska" hard hat & stickers. Share the Facts and Take Part in the Public Testimony on The Wishbone Hill Project and what this project means to the economic future of the Mat-Su Borough and Alaska.


South To The Future: North Dakota's Oil Boom


KTUU's Steve MacDonald just returned from North Dakota and produced a three-part series about their Oil Boom and the impact on Alaska.  The series aired last week on the Channel 2 NewsHour program.


North Dakota is fast becoming one of the largest producers of crude oil in North America. For years, a huge oil field in western North Dakota sat idle until the state lowered taxes, giving oil companies the incentive to invest. Now business is booming. As production at Alaska's Prudhoe Bay slows, oil workers are beginning to follow the jobs to the North Dakota prairie. Channel 2's MacDonald visited the flourishing region to answer the questions Alaskans need to know: Are Alaska's oil jobs going south? Is North Dakota's gain our loss? What does it all mean for Alaska's future?


If you missed this series, you can watch it online here.


AMA & AOGA Announce New Executive Directors


Recently two Alaska Chamber member trade associations announced new executive directors. On October 24, Bill Brophy, President of the Alaska Miners Association announced the selection of Fred Parady as the new Executive Director. He succeeds Steve Borell who is retiring after 22 years as executive director. Parady most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of the North Slope Borough School District, but his roots in mining and minerals are deep, and he brings with him the successful legacy of a 25+ year career in minerals in Wyoming.


Last week, on November 1, Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) Board of Directors unanimously named Kara Moriarty, AOGA Deputy Director, the association's new executive director, effective January 1, 2012. She succeeds Marilyn Crockett, who is retiring from AOGA after more than 41 years of service. Announcement of Moriarty's selection was made by Dale Pittman, Alaska Production Manager for ExxonMobil and current president of AOGA. Read the full press release here.


Congratulations to both Fred and Kara! We look forward to working with you to improve Alaska's business climate for all industries.


Alaska Chamber Top Priorities Named

The Alaska Chamber held its Legislative Policy Forum at the Hotel Captain Cook on October 25-26, 2011. Over 90 Chamber members participated and voted on nearly forty positions that members across the state submitted. At the conclusion of the forum, members voted on what the top three State and Federal priorities would be in 2012.


The Top Three State Priorities for 2012 are:


· Reform oil tax policy to encourage new oil production

· Support litigation reform relating to resource development projects in Alaska

· Reduce the high cost of energy


The Top Three Federal Priorities for 2012 are:


· Support Development of OCS, NPRA, ANWR

· Support the Bypass Mail System

· Oppose further federal land withdrawals in Alaska


A full list of priority positions for 2012 will soon be made available at www.alaskachamber.com


Position Updates - ANWR, Bypass Mail, Marine Spatial Planning Forget 10 Years--Drilling ANWR Would Pay Off Right Away by Doc Hastings, U.S. Congressman

The fragile economy, high unemployment, and national debt are major concerns for many Americans across the country. While President Obama is campaigning on another so-called stimulus plan that will raise taxes on American families and job creators, he's ignoring one of the best solutions to these problems-increased American energy production through drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The United States has vast energy resources that are not currently being harnessed. One particular area with the greatest potential for new American energy development is ANWR in Alaska. Read the rest of the article here.


Murkowski "Cautiously Optimistic" in Bypass Mail Battle

On Friday, Senator Lisa Murkowski applauded the fact that the bipartisan postal reform bill introduced this week by members of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service - which does not make changes to the U.S. Postal Service's bypass mail service in Alaska.  "We have a ways to go in terms of ensuring that this critical and unique Alaskan service continues to benefit urban and rural Alaska," said Murkowski.  "But I am cautiously optimistic that my Senate colleagues have responded to my concerns and momentum is building to protect bypass mail." Read more here.

Appropriations Bill With Funding Cuts For NOAA Marine Spatial Planning Activities Passes

In a 69-30 vote, the U.S. Senate earlier this week passed a "minbus" appropriations bill that would fund the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development through September 30, 2012.  Following passage, the Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) issued a press release stating that with regard to marine spatial planning, "[a]t Senator Murkowski's insistence, federal funding was removed from the NOAA program that would have allowed the Executive Branch to dictate how States can and cannot use oceans and coasts."  Under the bill, $6.8 million in funds specifically requested by NOAA for CMSP activities was zeroed out.  As Greenwire previously reported, during committee mark-up, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) commented that she had concerns about NOAA becoming the "fisheries zoning commission."

The legislation that passed the Senate will now be reconciled with the House-passed version in a conference committee.

10ForTroops.org Effort Launches


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.

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.


Upcoming Events


Alaska Miners Association Annual Convention & Tradeshow

November 7-13, 2011 - Sheraton

Registration is now closed, view program here.


Resource Development Council Annual Conference

November 16-17, 2011 - Dena'ina Center

Register here.


Legislative Fly-In 2012

January 25-27, 2012 - Juneau, Alaska


Rural Outreach Trip

July, 2012 - Kodiak, 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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