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Mid-Session Summit

Southeast Conference 2016 Mid-Session

Held each March during the Legislative Session, Mid Session Summit is an opportunity to get up to date information on legislative issues, network with community leaders and hear what is effecting industry in your area.

March 15-16, 2016
Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall
320 West Willoughby Ave
Juneau, Alaska

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 to Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Robert Venables

Robert’s involvement with Southeast Conference began in 2001 and continued for 7 years as a member of the SEC Board of Directors, including one year as president before stepping down in 2008 to take the role of SEC Energy Coordinator. Robert was previously employed by the Haines Borough for nearly 8 years, the first half as Economic Development Director and the last half as Borough Manager. Before his work with the municipality, Robert was the local manager for a SE Alaskan regional wholesale distributor and served 7 years on the local chamber of commerce with 2 terms as President.

Southeast Alaska Business Climate Survey
Southeast Conference
13 May 2015

Are you a Southeast Alaskan small businesses owner, the CEO of a large firm, a vice president of operations, a manager, a commercial fishermen, or an independent artist? If so, then this five minute survey is for you.

The Maritime Economy of Southeast Alaska

Southeast Conference also developed a new publication to track growth in the Southeast Alaska Maritime Industry. This report tracks Southeast and Alaska maritime sector growth over the past four years. From 2010 to 2013 maritime-related total wages in Southeast grew 24 percent across all components of the industry, an increase of $74 million in direct wages. Cycles in salmon harvests and earnings explain part of this, but the growth is striking in comparison to 5 percent growth in maritime earnings statewide, or $139 million, during the same period.

Analysis of Southeast Alaska's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats

This document is a summary of the overall regional SWOT analysis. Participants from 22 different communities across the region generated 1,200 individual written comments regarding the region's greatest strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats. There was a clear consensus regarding the top responses for each category: Top Strength: Our people and our Southeast Alaskan spirit. Top Weakness: Transportation costs. Top Opportunity: Seafood & product development. Top Threat: Federal government regulations and overreach.

The Maritime Economy of Southeast Alaska

This publication quantifies Southeast Alaska’s maritime economy. Just over one-quarter of all Southeast Alaska wages are directly earned through ocean related employment in 2012. Taken together the businesses and government agencies that are directly tied to the ocean comprise Southeast Alaska’s largest economic sector.

Southeast Alaska by the Numbers 2014

This year the report provides a one-year snapshot of regional economic and socioeconomic trends. It shows that while the economy of Southeast Alaska has been in an expansion phase since 2008, in 2013 that growth leveled off.

The Arts Economy of Southeast Alaska

Calculating the economic impact of art and artists is notoriously difficult, but we at Southeast Conference wanted to better understand the role of the Southeast Alaska arts economy as a whole. The strong Southeast Alaska arts sector is an economic asset that stimulates business activity, generates tourism revenue, attracts and retains residents, and boosts quality of life.

Southeast Alaska Food System Assessment

This publication is a pilot project to identify actions to promote self-sustaining communities and a resilient food system. The study examines local food systems throughout the region to see what challenges exist and how they can be solved so Southeast Alaska communities are more food secure and sustainable.