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At Alaska Business, we are aware of many business and community events taking place around the state. So below we’re happy to provide our readers with as much information as we can about statewide plays, festivals, fundraisers, workshops, lectures, debates, conferences, conventions, business meetings, and whatever else may pique our interest—or yours.

Meet Alaska

MARCH 20 @ 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

This is the largest one-day energy conference in Alaska and includes educational forums and a tradeshow.

AMA 2020 Conference

March 30 - April 4

The conference centers around technical sessions, field trips to local mines, various educational programs, and a trade show.

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ASTE 40th Annual Conference

February 22 - February 25

This is the educational technology conference of the Alaska Society for Technology in Education. This year’s keynote speakers are Kristen Mattson and Jon Landis.

9th Annual JEDC Innovation Summit

February 26 - February 27

The Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) is hosting its ninth annual Innovation Summit on February 26 and 27 with three engaging themes: Participatory Creativity, Business in a Changing Climate, and Alaskans Investing in Alaskans.

Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association

February 26 - February 29

The annual meeting includes workshops, an evening reception for information and registration, paper presentations, an awards banquet, and keynote speakers.

Silent Sky

February 28 - March 8

When Henrietta is given the opportunity to work at the Harvard Observatory mapping the stars, she leaves home to follow her dreams of scientific exploration.

2020 AKANA Annual Education Meeting

February 29 - March 1

The annual meeting of the Alaska Association of Nurse Anesthetists is an opportunity for networking and education.

17th Annual Alaska DBE & Contractors Conference

March 4 - March 5

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about topics related to subcontracting and doing business with the state of Alaska and other agencies.

2020 AACA Convention & Trade Show

March 4 - March 5

The Alaska Air Carriers Association's (AACA) mission is to support and advocate for the commercial aviation community.

SWAMC Annual Conference

March 5 - March 6

The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference provides economic development and advocacy for Southwest Alaska.

Alaska Forest Association Spring Meeting

March 12 - March 13

The Alaska Forest Association’s goal is “maintaining healthy forests for today and tomorrow” and its members hold in common general business interests in the timber industry of Alaska.

Incoterms 2020 – For Exporters and Importers

March 12 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to determine responsibilities between buyer and seller through transfer of risk, insurance, documentary requirements, and cost of freight through proper use of Incoterms.

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Alaska Business Magazine February 2020 cover

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The Art of Architecture

February 2020

Architects often find themselves facing something of a chicken and egg dilemma. When it comes to design, what takes precedence—form or function?

“It’s a great question, and it’s probably a loaded question,” says David McVeigh, president of RIM Architects. “You can ask ten different architects and get ten different answers.”

Many of the factors that influence those answers land outside the architect’s control. The client’s vision for the building, its location and intended use, the project budget, and whether the design must conform to specific guidelines are all details the architect must consider when determining how much emphasis to place on aesthetics and how much on function.