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Alaska State Chamber's Legislative Policy Forum 2011

Make your membership count!  The Alaska Chamber's process for adopting policies is unique among business associations.  Most business association's board members develop and set the organization's priorities.  In contrast, every member of the Alaska Chamber has the opportunity to advance an issue of importance.  Once adopted, these issues become the focus of the Alaska Chamber's advocacy program. 

Participating in the Alaska Chamber's legislative policy formation provides an opportunity to advocate for changes in a collaborative atmosphere with fellow business owners.  While coming to agreement on some issues might be an interesting process, ultimately, there is tremendous power in the Alaska Chamber name once the position is set.  Together we really can make a difference - and make Alaska the best place to do business!

The 2012 Legislative Policy Forum (formerly known as the Legislative Tie In) is taking place in just under a month and it is more important than ever to get involved and be heard.  Do not miss the most important membership meeting of the year happening October 25 & 26 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. Join Alaska State Chamber Members, Board Members and Local Chamber Members in determining our 2012 Legislative Priorities and Positions. Register Now

Positions must have statewide impact and be consistent with the State Chamber's mission. Each position submitted must have a representative available at the Policy Forum to make a live presentation, which explains the reasoning and support for the position. Each position must maintain close adherence to the format suggestions, especially financial impact; and strict adherence to the submittal deadline of October 11, 2011. For additional information, see the Policy Forum Ground Rules.

All priorities and positions that are adopted at the Policy Forum will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for ratification at the Board meeting on October 26.  As an example of the issues of focus for the Alaska Chamber in 2011 see list below of the 2011 Alaska Chamber Legislative Positions .  Alaska Chamber 2011  Priorities can also be reviewed online.

2011 Legislative Positions

Federal Positions

·                          Support for Oil and Gas Exploration and Development in Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Waters

·                          Federal Contracting 8(a) Support

·                          Emission Control Area Exemption

·                          National Ocean Policy Concerns

Insurance

·                          Support Worker's Compensation Exclusive Liability Statute

Miscellaneous

·                          Strengthen Military Presence in Alaska

Resource & Economic Development

· Increase Responsible Mining Development by Improving the Permitting

Process and Gaining Access to Resources

·                          Litigation Reform

·                          Natural Gas Development

·                          Support for a Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

State Conduct of its Business

·                          National Broadband Plan Concerns Related to the State of Alaska

·                          Reduce Growth of Government to FY 2010 Budget Level

·                          Support of Privatization of State Services

·                          Review of Regulation Guiding Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA)

·                          Alaska Offeror's Preference and Procurement Reform

·                          Oppose All New Unfunded Property Tax Exemptions as Introduced on the State Level

·                          Support Creation of Workers' Compensation Alternative Dispute Resolution Process

Transportation Access

·                          Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project

·                          Knik Arm Crossing

·                          Support for Port MacKenzie Rail Extension



Sponsorship opportunities are now available.  Please consider supporting the work of your Alaska Chamber by sponsoring the Legislative Policy Forum.

In conjunction with the policy forum, the Alaska Business Report Card group will be releasing the midterm grades for the Alaska Legislature and Governor during a luncheon at the Egan Center on October 25. The Alaska Business Report Card group is made up of the Alaska Chamber, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, the Resource Development Council and Prosperity Alaska.

For your convenience, you may register for the Legislative Policy Forum and the Alaska Business Report Card Luncheon at the same time. Or, if you prefer to have lunch on your own, you may simply register for the Legislative Policy Forum.

Hurry, early bird rate ends on October 7! Register Today!

For those traveling from out of town, a hotel group rate has been arranged and Alaska Airlines has extended a discount.  Please call 907.276.6000 to make your reservations at the Hotel Captain Cook (see group rates below) and follow the instructions provided by Alaska Airlines (also below) to book a flight today.



Alaska Airlines is offering the following discounts for Alaska Chamber members:



Travel Discount:

7% discount off any published fare between any Alaska Airlines intra-state Alaska or lower 48 city and Anchorage, Alaska.



Valid Travel Dates:

October 22, 2011 through October 30, 2011



How to book:

To take advantage of these discounts online at www.alaskaair.com, simply use e-certificate code ECMA51 in the Flights Quick Search box. Or by calling the Alaska Airlines Group and Meetings Desk at 1-800-445-4435, or your travel agent and reference ID number MA51. There is no booking fee when booking on AlaskaAir.com, however, a $15.00



Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska

907.276.6000



Standard Rooms

Single Occupancy $99

Double Occupancy $99



Suites

Junior Suite $170 / $180 (single / double occupancy)

Executive Suite (one bedroom) $195 / $205 (single / double occupancy)

Executive Suite (two bedroom) $305 / $315 (single / double occupancy)



We look forward to seeing you at the 2011 Legislative Policy Forum!


 

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