Fairbanks Chamber Adopts 2014 Legislative Priorities
On Monday, November 18, the Board of Directors of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce adopted a total of fifteen (15) priorities for the Chamber to advocate for during the upcoming legislative session that will begin in January 2014. Of the fifteen priorities, three were selected as the Chamber’s top priorities.
1. Reduce the High Cost of Energy in Fairbanks and rural communities
- Support for Interior Energy Project: Construction, Expansion & Conversion
- Support for Natural Gas Pipeline
- 2. Encourage Increased Oil Production
- 3. Support Funding for UAF Combined Heat & Power Plant
In total, seventeen 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 for adoption.
“With the adoption of these priorities, we are determined and committed to playing a constructive role in shaping the Interior’s future on behalf of the over 700 members the Chamber represents, as well as on behalf of our entire community,” said Steve Lundgren, the incoming Board Chair for the Chamber and President/CEO of Denali State Bank. These priorities will form the basis of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts for the upcoming year and will be delivered to the Governor, all members of the Alaska State Legislature, the Congressional Delegation and the Alaska Chamber.
The Chamber will continue to develop its advocacy plan related to the recently adopted priorities between now and the start of the second session of the 28th Legislature in January. “Our committees, board, staff and general membership will head to Juneau for our annual legislative fly-in, scheduled for February 4 – 6, 2014 where we’ll 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,” said Lundgren.
A complete list of the fifteen adopted priorities will be available for download from the Chamber’s website this week.