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Chelsea Goucher: Southeast Conference President

Chelsea Goucher was born and raised in Ketchikan and recently completed her B.A. in Social Sciences (Economics) through the University of Alaska Southeast. She is employed at Alaska Marine Lines as an Account Representative for businesses in Ketchikan, Wrangell and on Prince of Wales Island.

John Waterhouse: Eilliott Bay Design Group

John Waterhouse serves as Chief Concept Engineer, and was a founding partner, at Elliott Bay Design Group, and has over 30 years of experience in naval architecture and marine engineering.  Throughout his career, he has made significant contributions to the industry through innovative design and engineering achievement.  His ferry experience includes vessel design and engineering for various clients including Washington State Ferries, Alaska Marine Highway System, and The Steamship Authority.  John's expertise includes analysis and development of transportation studies, including operationa

John D. Reeves: Elliott Bay Design Group

John D. Reeves joined Elliott Bay Design Group in 2015 as a Project Manager and Senior Engineer, bringing extensive field experience gained through 23 years of operating and maintaining some of the most complex vessels in the U.S. Coast Guard fleet, 11 years in and around Alaska.  John's wide-ranging background includes five years as port engineer and manager of four industrial repair facilities, including Ketchikan.

Southeast Alaska Business Climate and Private Investment Survey 2017

In the Spring of 2017, 209 Southeast Alaska business owners and top managers from 22 communities responded to Southeast Conference’s Business Climate Survey and Private Investment Survey, answering 10 questions about the economic climate and regional investment. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of regional business leaders were positive about the economy, calling the business climate “good” or “very good.” Leaders were slightly less positive about the state of the economy in 2017 than they were in 2015.