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Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence Honor Six Alaskan Businesses and Organizations

September 8, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today congratulated six Alaskan businesses and organizations that were recipients of the 2010 Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence. 

"Alaskans have strong international ties across almost every industry in our state," Governor Parnell said. "I am pleased to honor the international successes of these businesses and organizations that benefit not only overseas markets and groups, but Alaskans at home."

Lieutenant Governor Craig Campbell presented the awards to the six winners at the Export Alaska luncheon in Anchorage: Seafood Producers Cooperative, Coastal Villages Region Fund, All Alaska Tours, China Airlines, Institute of the North, and the Alaska Sudan Medical Project.

Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence in export were presented to two companies, Seafood Producers' Cooperative and Coastal Villages Region Fund.  

Seafood Producers' Cooperative (SPC) is a 520-member cooperative, and the oldest, largest and most successful seafood cooperative in the U.S. As a co-op of hook-and-line fishermen for salmon, halibut and black cod, SPC and its members are representative of Southeast Alaska's fishing communities. With significant investment in its Sitka facilities, SPC was recognized for quality processing and its efforts to market seafood internationally.

Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) is a non-profit corporation comprised of 20-member villages along the Kuskokwim coast, from Scammon Bay to Platinum in Western Alaska. CVRF participates in the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program and uses earnings from the Bering Sea Pollock, cod, and crab fisheries to provide economic development and other opportunities for its 9,300 residents. In 2009, CVRF completed construction of a $40 million salmon processing facility in Platinum. CVRF began direct international marketing and recently opened an office in Japan.

All Alaska Tours was awarded a Governor's North Star Award for International Excellence in visitor industry promotion. The company has played an important role for the past 20 years in Alaska's visitor industry as one of only a handful of tour operators catering to the international market. All Alaska Tours has a team of 17 travel professionals that attract international tour operators looking for one-stop shopping for individualized travel experiences in Alaska.  The company currently works with more than 270 tour wholesalers in 47 countries worldwide.

China Airlines was awarded a Governor's North Star Award for International Excellence in transportation. China Airlines is Alaska's only year-round international passenger air service, connecting Alaska to Asia via Taipei, flying to Anchorage for more than 20 years. As one of the largest international air carriers operating both cargo and passenger service at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, China Airlines contributes approximately $8 million annually to the airport revenue stream.

Institute of the North, a nonprofit organization, was awarded a Governor's North Star Award for International Excellence for scientific exchange. The Institute of the North has been involved in Arctic issues since its founding. The Institute has become an integral player in many efforts of the eight-nation Arctic Council, including work in the transportation and telecommunications links within the Arctic.

Alaska Sudan Medical Project is a grassroots effort founded by Dr. Jack Hickel and Dr. Jill Seaman. With the help of more 300 Alaskan donors, more than two dozen Alaskans have traveled to the Sudanese village of Old Fangak to promote health through immunization programs for children and the construction of a medical clinic building. The volunteers established basic water and sanitation systems in the village. 

For more information about the Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence, contact Patricia Eckert at (907) 269-8118.

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