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Alaska State Chamber of Commerce E-News September 14, 2009

Alaska State Chamber Fall Conference and Business Trade Show
Riding the Wave: Setting a Course for the Next 50 Years

Lands End Resort
H
omer, Alaska
September 21-23, 2009

Our 50th Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show is scheduled for September 21-23, 2009 at the Lands End Resort in Homer.  The Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show will feature timely topics important to the future of Alaska business.  PLEASE NOTE: the Association Management Training workshop flyer, the draft agenda and a list of things to do while in Homer are now available on our website, www.alaskachamber.com.

Business Trade Show
Our trade show is an exceptional opportunity to promote your products and services to business leaders and key lawmakers from across Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest.  There are only 3 booths left! For detailed information about trade show booth packages and registration prices, visit www.alaskachamber.comOn-line trade show registration ends September 17th!! Register for the trade show here.  Please contact Cheryl at celuska@alaskachamber.com or (907) 278-2727 with questions regarding the trade show.

WPX Delivery Solutions is offering a special rate for Alaska State Chamber members to ship their trade show materials to and from Homer throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  Please contact Christine Landry at (800) 562-1091 ext. 1033 or e-mail clandry@wpx.com to arrange transportation of your trade show materials.

Your participation in the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce organization enhances our ability to promote a positive environment for Alaska businesses.

Conference
On-line conference registration ends September 17th!! Register for the conference here.  Travel pricing includes incentives for travel on Alaska Airlines and ERA Aviation as well as special rates for accommodations at the Bidarka Inn and the Land's End Resort, for discount codes and reservation numbers view the Conference Flyer. Please contact Teri Engebretson at info@alaskachamber.com or (907) 586-2010 regarding registration and payment questions.

Sponsorships
We are proud to receive the support of the following businesses for our 50th Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show:  Aadlandflint, ACS, AIDEA, AKSourceLink, AT&T, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, ConocoPhillips, Homer Chamber of Commerce, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Kachemak Bay Title Agency, Land's End Resort, Lynden, Pebble Ltd. Partnership, Petro Marine, Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo, Yukon Chamber of Commerce and Yukon Economic Development.

LEGACY Plan Seeks Input from Small Business
Alaska is open for business.  Since long before statehood in 1959, companies have known the value of doing business here.  While resource-extraction industries remain important and valued economic drivers in Alaska, the state has other assets, including a favorable tax system, a business-friendly climate and a strategic location as an international cargo crossroads.  Combined with a willing workforce, these factors have contributed to economic diversity in recent years and additional prosperity for both private and public sectors.

But more can still be done.  Under the Governor's Administrative Order 249 the state of Alaska created the Legacy program to focus on tomorrow today and establish a long-term roadmap toward economic diversity and health.  The Alaska Legacy Plan is a long-term process to further reposition and diversify Alaska's economy.  Based on wise use of its resources and the development of growth in knowledge-based businesses throughout the state, Legacy aims to provide Alaskans with well-paying job opportunities, while making it less costly and cumbersome for employers to do business here.  Legacy strives to achieve both job retention and sustainable job growth.  Streamlining the permitting process, revising outdated statutes and regulations, and devising new means of helping promising commercial ideas become reality are all key components of the plan.

Alaska Diversified Economic Planning Team (ADEPT)
ADEPT is responsible for overseeing the development of the Alaska Legacy Plan.  Comprised of department commissioners and state agency directors, ADEPT is tasked with establishing and preparing a framework for the state's future economic growth.  The planning team will identify the state's strengths and weaknesses in economic development and determine practical strategies to implement both short-term and long-term economic development and economic diversification goals.  Additionally, the planning team will develop a statewide strategic comprehensive economic development plan to guide the state now and in the future and develop a blueprint on how to respond to current economic conditions. 

To learn more about the LEGACY process visit the LEGACY PLAN website.

The LEGACY planning team needs your help.  If you would like to offer comments and respond to these questions, it will assist the Small Business sub-group as they work to offer suggestions and ideas to the planning process. 

How and when has the state of Alaska made it difficult to conduct your business?
What will you need from the state of Alaska to conduct or expand your business in the future?
If you were in charge for one day what is the one thing you would change on a statewide level to enhance the business environment? (this does not mean it has to be completed in one day)
How does the state of Alaska contribute to your success?
How does the state of Alaska get in the way of you conducting your business?
What are our unaddressed infrastructure needs?
How can rural communities bridge the digital divide? 
Please send your responses to sam.dickey@sba.gov

Thank you for your time and thoughtfulness as we move forward to our future together.
For additional information, comments or questions contact 
Sam Dickey
Deputy District Director
907-271-4844 Voice
907-271-4545 Fax
202-481-5441 E-Fax
sam.dickey@sba.gov
http://www.sba.gov/ak

Alaska's Top Forty Under 40 Nominations
Alaska's Top Forty Under 40 is a program created by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and Alaska Journal of Commerce to recognize the state's top professionals, younger than age 40, who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment to their community.

Nominate a Top Forty
If you know an Alaskan resident who is young, demonstrates work excellence and is committed to community service, fill out a nomination form and recognize them today.

Deadline to submit is Oct. 9, 2009.  Winners will be celebrated at the Alaska's Top Forty Under 40 luncheon, held in January. Nominate a Top Forty today!

Criteria for Selection:

Must be younger than age 40   Photo by Rob Stapleton
Must live and work in Alaska year-round
Must have demonstrated professional excellence in their field  
Must display a commitment to the community
Watch for additional information as news develops.

Are you a past Top 40 on the go?
Update your contact information to receive the latest information regarding upcoming Top Forty Under 40 news by calling 272-2401, or e-mail Tammy Gossett with the following: 

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