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Jim Calvin: McDowell Group

McDowell Group Principal Jim Calvin has 30 years of experience in Alaska conducting economic and socioeconomic impact analyses, benefit/cost studies, market assessments, and business feasibility studies. Jim’s project experience includes more than 30 research and consulting assignments related to ferry service in Alaska, including private and public ferry system feasibility studies, travel demand studies, and analyses of the local and statewide economic impact of AMHS.

Jessie Huff: USDA Rural Development Energy Programs, Program Manager

Jessie Huff, works as Alaska’s Energy Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, headquartered in Palmer.

USDA Rural Development provides financing and technical assistance for economic development, housing and infrastructure projects in rural Alaska.

John Clough:

John Clough practiced law in Alaska for over 30 years, first as a partner with Faulkner Banfield in Juneau and then as owner of the statewide firm of Clough & Associates.  Since retiring in 2014 he has spent extensive time working with a variety of local and statewide non-profit organizations, serving as President of Alaska Public Broadcasting, Inc. based in Anchorage, as well as President of Juneau Lyric Opera.  John has served on the Board of Partnership, Inc.

Matt Eisenhower: PeaceHealth Ketchikan Executive Director

Matt Eisenhower serves as the Director of Community Health Development for PeaceHealth and lives in Ketchikan. His early involvement with rural healthcare and overseeing multiple projects focusing on the triple aim of healthcare reform gives him a unique perspective on the evolving changes in healthcare and healthcare costs. Healthcare plays an important role in the economic environment in Southeast Alaska and Matt knows how healthcare costs and quality care can serve as a driver in economic development.

Myrna Gardner: Manager of Business and Economic Development Department Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

Myrna Gardner works for Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as the Manager of Business and Economic Development. The department supports economic self-sufficiency for the tribe and its citizens. Ms. Gardner is an Alaska Native, Tlingit and Haida. She belongs to the Taakwaaneidi Hit out of Klawock and she hails from Ketchikan. She has three children, is an avid fisher and lover of Seahaw

Patti Mackey: Ketchikan Visitors Bureau President, CEO, & Southeast Alaska Tourism Council

Patti Mackey is the President and CEO of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, and has directed the organization’s operations and destination marketing strategies for twenty-two years.  Mackey is past chair and one of three Southeast Alaska representatives to the Alaska Travel Industry Association board and past president of the Southeast Alaska Tourism Council. She chaired the ATIA Marketing committee- predating the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board, to which she was appointed in 2014 by Governor Sean Parnell.

Britteny Cioni Haywood: Director Division of Economic Development

Britteny A. Cioni-Haywood holds a Master of Science in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Arkansas. She has lived in Juneau since 2006, and was previously a professor of economics at the University of Alaska Southeast.  Ms. Cioni-Haywood has been with the State of Alaska since 2012 and currently serves as the Director for the Division of Economic Development.
 

Meilani Schijvens: Rain Coast Data

Meilani Schijvens is the owner and Director of Rain Coast Data, a Southeast Alaska-based research and consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, publications, socioeconomic impact studies, survey research, and public outreach. Meilani is also the Economic Development Director for Southeast Conference (and past Executive Director).

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