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Fairbanks Chamber Adopts 2013 Legislative Priorities

On Monday, November 19, the Board of Directors for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce adopted a total of fourteen (14) priorities for the Chamber in the upcoming legislative session that will begin in January 2013.

Of the fourteen priorities, five were selected as the Chamber’s top priorities, with two of those identified as being critical priorities for the Chamber in the coming year.

1. Reduce the High Cost of Energy in Fairbanks and rural communities -- Critical Priority
2. Encourage Increased Oil Production -- Critical Priority
3. Strengthen the Military Presence in Alaska
4. Support funding for the University of Alaska
5. Support funding for Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS)

In total, fourteen priorities were submitted to the Board for consideration for the upcoming session by the various Chamber committees including: Business & the Arts, Education, Energy, Government Relations, Natural Resources, Transportation, and Urban/Rural Affairs. The Government Relations committee reviewed the proposed priorities and evaluated the relevance each had to the success of the Chamber’s overall mission before forwarding them to the Board. The Fairbanks Chamber has been advocating for Fairbanks businesses for over 50 years and strives to represent the membership and address the multiple needs of the business community.

The approved legislative priorities will be delivered to the Governor, all members of the Alaska State Legislature, the Congressional Delegation, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and will form the basis of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts for the upcoming year. During the annual Juneau Fly-In, scheduled for February 5 – 7, 2013, Chamber members will meet face-to-face with legislators and administration officials to discuss the importance these priorities have on promoting the economic health and success of the Greater Fairbanks area.

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