Southeast Conference 2015 Annual Conference:
Another successful SEC Annual Conference is under our belts! Thank you to all that provided support, time, and resources to make this, yet again, another highly informative and useful annual conference.
Thank you to our generous donors, those who provided items for auction and those that purchased the items. Our Scholarship Auction netted over $20,000. Our scholarship fund goes directly to helping students acquire more skills relative to making them more competitive in the job market. To learn more about this fund check out: http://www.seconference.org/scholarship
Only 74 nautical miles separate Ketchikan, Alaska’s Gateway City, and Prince Rupert, BC. Both regions share many similarities, challenges and opportunities. Therefore, this year’s annual meeting theme of “Cross-Border Partnerships” focused on these ideas. From LNG, to biomass opportunities, mining, tourism, ocean products, ferry systems and our native heritages, our communities know we can learn from one another by creating solid connections. During the conference many times the question was asked, “…how would Southeast Alaska and British Columbia work together to develop our economies if there was no border?”
Highlights from the first day of the Conference:
- Honors were given to the Community of the Year – Organized Village of Kasaan and the Business of the Year – VIGOR Alaska.
- There is a large potential demand market for LNG and cultivating a workforce is important to the success of such large projects.
- Most of Southeast wood pellets come from Canada
- Hoonah replaced 5,000 gallons of diesel with their new Gartina Falls Hydro Project already!
- The Alaska Marine Highway System need to be one of the regions top priorities
To learn more check out the presentations links found below
Day two was all about Southeast Economic Situations: Past, Present, and Future.
- Three publications were released. These included Southeast by the Numbers 2015, Southeast Alaska Business Climate Survey, and Southeast Alaska 2020 Economic Plan Call for Economic Plan Action Items.
Click on the links to view online versions :http://www.seconference.org/recent-publications
- This is an exciting time for Southeast Conference as we develop the Southeast Alaska Economic Development Plan 2020. This plan is a grassroots, bottom up planning effort to help members of SEC and their communities with regional planning goals. Your input is encouraged. For more information and opportunity to add your ideas to this plan please click on the following link: http://www.seconference.org/strategy
- As emphasized by Meilian Shijvens in her presentation “Southeast by the Numbers”, Alaska’s financail future is going to have big effects on the members of all Alaska communities. We invite you to visit Sustainable Alaska Future and give your input. http://gov.alaska.gov/Walker/priorities/transition-2014/sustainable-futu...
Day three: Annual Buisness Meeting
- In our Annual Business Meeting the members of Southeast Conference seated a new President, Garry White; 1st Vice President Chelsea Goucher and voted in a new 2nd VP, Merrill Sanford. They also voted in three new board members; Joe Jacobson Vice President of Business Development with Huna Totem, Jan Hill the Mayor of Haines and Sheila Kleinschmidt, Vice President of Community Development with First Bank.
- We also passed four resolutions.
- 16-02 A RESOLUTION BY SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF SECURING ALASKA’S FISCAL FUTURE
- 16-03 A RESOLUTION OF THE SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE SUPPORTING RENEWED ADVOCACY FOR THE ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM
- 16-04 A RESOLUTION OF THE SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF ALASKA MENTAL HEALTH TRUST – U.S. FOREST SERVICE LAND EXCHANGE
- 16-05 A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE ENERGY POLICY MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2015 RECOGNIZING HYDROPOWER AS A RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE
No Southeast Conference event is complete without
a little, a lot of fun! Ice skating lessons, receptions in old canneries filled with live oompa music, train rides, boat tours of the harbor and an abundance of delicious foods. Thank you Prince Rupert for being such wonderful hosts.
Energy – Biomass & LNG
Biomass Opportunities in Canada and Alaska
Tony McRae, Marketing Director for Pinnacle Pellets
Karen Peterson, Chair Alaska Wood Energy Development Task Group
Alaska Affordable Energy Strategy (Why LNG matters to Southeast Alaska)
Emily Ford, Energy Policy and Outreach Manager
Liquefied Natural Gas - Alaska & British Columbia
Herb Pond, Community Relations Advisor, BC Group
Jas Johal, Director of communication, BC LNG Alliance
Tessa Gill, Pacific North West LNG
LNG - Community Distribution 101
Nolan Steiner, AVISTA Director of Strategic Planning
Transportation - Alaska Marine Highway
Mike Neussl - Deputy Commissioner, State of Alaska Marine Highway System
Southeast Economic Trends
Southeast by the Numbers/Business Climate Survey - Meilani Schijvens, Rain Coast Data
Southeast Alaska Cluster Annual Report – Brian Holst, JEDC
The Economic Plan 2020- Meilani Schijvens, Rain Coast Data
CCTHITA - Myrna Gardner, Manager, Business & Economic Development CCTHITA
Brian Kleinhenz, Sealaska
Building a Sustainable Future
Pat Pitney, Alaska Office of Management & Budget, Director
Revenue and Expenditure Model
Also, check out Southeast Conference Annual meeting in the news
Southeast Conference Release Three Regional Economic Reports: http://www.sitnews.us/0915News/091715/091715_se_conference.html
Southeast Conference fashioning five-year economic plan: http://www.wrangellsentinel.com/story/2015/09/17/news/southeast-conference-fashioning-five-year-economic-plan/3444.html
By the numbers: Report Highlights SE economy: http://www.wrangellsentinel.com/story/2015/09/17/news/by-the-numbers-report-highlights-se-economy/3446.html
Implicit Value: http://www.ketchikandailynews.com/free/local-edit-vigor-9-21
LNG project official: Trained workforce needed: http://www.krbd.org/2015/09/17/lng-project-officials-trained-workforce-needed/
Opportunities in maritime, timber,& later mining: http://www.krbd.org/2015/09/18/opportunities-in-shipbuilding-timber-and-later-mining/
Report: SE economy trending downward: http://www.krbd.org/2015/09/16/report-southeast-economy-trending-downward/
AK Budget Director: Legislature Must Act: http://www.krbd.org/2015/09/22/ak-budget-director-legislature-must-act/
Canadian Company considers Ketchikan Ferry Connection: https://www.adn.com/article/20150921/canadian-company-considers-ketchikan-ferry-connection
AMHS reform urged at SE Conference: http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-09-17/amhs-reform-urged-se-conference
Changes needed: http://www.ketchikandailynews.com/free/local-edit-amhs-8-29
New year, old topics: http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-09-15/new-year-old-topics
Change on the horizon for Alaska ferry system: http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/09/16/change-on-the-horizon-for-alaska-ferry-system/
AMHS reform urged at Southeat Conference: http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-09-17/amhs-reform-urged-se-conference
Alaska leaders discuss North Coast Development: http://www.thenorthernview.com/news/328204291.html
Sealaska looks to diversify revenue stream: http://www.newsminer.com/business/sealaska-looks-to-diversify-revenue-stream/article_b601f3da-5e16-11e5-913c-87424fd363a4.html
Sealaska looks to diversify revenue stream, considers natural food business: http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/sealaska-looks-to-diversify-revenue-stream-considers-natural-food-business/35347052
Anticipating smaller timber harvest Sealaska eyes other revenue streams: https://www.adn.com/article/20150918/anticipating-smaller-timber-harvests-sealaska-eyes-other-revenue-streams
Organized Village of Kasann receives Community of the Year Award: http://m.juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-09-20/organized-village-kasaan-receives-community-year-award?utm_source=Recommendation_Widget&utm_medium=mobile&utm_campaign=qrec&utm_content=image#gsc.tab=0
Southeast Conference honors the village of Kasann: http://knba.org/post/knba-news-southeast-conference-honors-village-kasaan-pfd-announcement-be-made-monday#stream/0