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Summit to Strengthen Alaska and Puget Sound’s Relationship

October 10-13, Anchorage and Kenai


Alaska’s economic relationship with Puget Sound accounted for 113,000 jobs in the region, and $6.2 billion in labor earnings, in 2013 (including direct, indirect, and induced impacts), according to the McDowell Group in the latest "Ties that Bind" report.

CHART: McDowell Group

Anchorage, AK – From Oct. 10-13, the Alaska & Puget Sound Leadership Summit will bring together business and government leaders from Alaska and the Puget Sound region for three days of meetings in Anchorage and Kenai, AK. Following last year’s advance delegation visit, the intent of this summit is to examine the dynamic economic connections between Alaska and the Puget Sound and shared economic development opportunities shaping the future of this unique and important relationship. 


Hosted by the Alaska Chamber, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber’s Alaska Business Forum and the Washington Department of Commerce, the summit will feature keynote speakers – including Governor Bill Walker, US Senator Lisa Murkowski, US Senator Dan Sullivan, Congressman Don Young, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and others – and working group session intended to help shape the future of this critical relationship. 


The key issues identified during the successful advanced trip last November will form the basis of the conference to focus on developing a common agenda for economic diversity and prosperity.


Topics include: 

  • Modernization of the Fishing Fleet
  • Tourism and the Cruise Industry
  • Environment, Sustainability & EnErgy
  • Education & Workforce Development
  • Opening of the Arctic
  • Maritime Infrastructure
  • Academic Partnerships / R&D


According to a recent report, the Puget Sound and Alaska economic relationship in these sectors accounts for more than 113,000 jobs across the region – generating $6.2 billion in earnings. 


For more information, the full agenda and list of participants, please visit: http://www.maritimefederation.com/summit-agenda.html.


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