Annual Meeting

Register Today for Southeast Conference’s Annual Meeting
September 13-15, 2022 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center!

Join your regional neighbors, business leaders, and policy makers at Southeast Conference’s Annual Meeting in beautiful Ketchikan, Alaska!

Planning has begun for the 2022 Southeast Conference Annual Meeting in Ketchikan, Alaska on September 13-15, 2022. More information will be posted as lodging and other logistics are finalized. Meanwhile, visit Ketchikan’s Visitor’s Bureau website for lodging, rental car info, and more!

Alaska Airlines has graciously offered the following discount code:
AK Air Discount Code ECME215
Valid for 10% off travel in and out of Ketchikan, Sept 11-17.


Cape Fox Lodge – 907-225-8001 – FULL
The Cape Fox Lodge offers 72 spacious guests rooms with the feel of a north woods mountain cabin, offering scenic views of Deer Mountain or vistas of our downtown waterfront

The Landing Hotel (907) 225-5166,
The beautiful Landing Hotel is conveniently located across the street from the AMHS Ferry Terminal and directly across the beautiful Tongass Narrows from the airport. 

Gilmore Hotel(907) 225-9423,
Located in the heart of downtown about three miles from Ketchikan International Airport, this landmark hotel is your gateway to Alaska. The Ketchikan Airport Ferry Terminal is also easily accessible with free shuttle service available for guests.

Inn at Creek Street – 907-225-0246 – FULL
Nestled in the heart of downtown, The Inn at Creek Street features a range of rooms perched over tidal rapids and overlooking the famed Inside Passage, and is only steps away from the best shops, attractions, heritage sites, and restaurants.

My Place Hotel (855) 200-5685
Save While You Sleep! The best choice for convenience, comfort and value, My Place is ideal for both short-term and long-term travelers! Whether you’re traveling for biz or fun, our hotel offers an array of modern amenities to ensure your comfort.

The Ketch (907) 247-2600
The Ketch, formerly known as the Edgewater inn, is a revitalized 25-room boutique all-inclusive hotel. This Southeast Alaska fishing inn will bring a fresh, spirited, genuine style of hospitality, unveiling a brand new identity and guestroom design.

Alaska Traveler’s Accommodations , (907) 247-7117  or
Specializing in helping you find the perfect Vacation Rental in Ketchikan.

B&Bs, VRBOs, Lodges and Cabins
In addition to traditional hotels, there are a number of charming and unique accommodations in Ketchikan. Please visit The Ketchikan Visitor’s Bureau page for more information
Email: or
Call: Phone: 907-225-6166, Toll-Free: 800-770-3300


Car Rentals:

Alaska Car Rental, 907-225-5000

Tongass Car Retal, 907-617-9730

Budget Car Rental, 907-225-6003

Sponsors of Southeast Conference’s Annual Meeting get noticed!
Our members know the meeting is supported by generous sponsorship donations, and they recognize and appreciate our supporters.  There is still plenty of time – and lots of opportunities – to sponsor the Southeast Conference’s 2022 Annual Meeting!

All of our sponsorship opportunities are listed on the sponsorship flyer. We are committed to maximizing your sponsorship, so please contact us with any questions or to talk more about the opportunities. Contact Southeast Conference for more information. Phone: 907-586-4360 or Email:

Since 1992, Southeast Conference has partnered with UAS to offer a scholarship program that supports residents of the region. Scholarship funds have been raised through an auction that is generously supported by individuals and businesses throughout Southeast and conducted each year at the Annual Membership Meeting. We are actively seeking auction items. If you are able to contribute, please let us know. Download a donation form here or contact the office at or call 907-586-4360. Thank you in advance for helping make this event a success!

Download a copy of the draft agenda

Please Note: This agenda is subject to change as we coordinate with all the moving pieces involved.

Monday, September 12th

6:00 pm – Welcome Reception at Salmon Falls
Sponsored by the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and Salmon Falls Resort
Heavy Appetizers and No-Host Bar, $20 per person
Register for this event here

Tuesday, September 13th

7:00 AM               Registration Sponsored byWostmann & Associates, Inc.

7:15 AM               Breakfast Sponsored by – the Alaska Committee

8:00 AM               Opening Ceremony – National Anthem & Alaska Flag Song
                              WelcomeSE Conference President Alec Mesdag, AEL&P
                              Dave Kiffer, City of Ketchikan Mayor
                              Rodney Dial, Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor
                              Trixie Bennett, KIC Tribal President
                              Richard Peterson, President, CCTHIA

8:30 AM               Southeast Alaska by the Numbers
                              Meilani Schijvens, Rain Coast Data

9:00 AM               Natural Resources: Industry Forecast
                              Deantha Skibinski, Executive Director, Alaska Mining Association
                              Mike Schrider, VP/COO, Ucore Rare Earth Metals
                              Kara Moriarty, Executive Drector, Alaska Oil & Gas Assoc.
                              Helge Eng, AK State Forester
                              Tessa Axelson, Executive Director, Alaska Forest Association
                              Kati Capozzi, President & CEO, Alaska Chamber

10:00 AM             Break

10:30 AM             Transportation Outlook
                               Ryan Anderson, Comissioner, AK Dep. of Transportation
                               Marilyn Romano, Regional VP, AK Airlines
 Panel Discussion: the Future of Marine Transportation 
                               Ron Curtis, IFA Update
                               Joe Becker, President, Thrustmaster of Texas
                               John Reeves, Elliot Bay Design Group
                               Katherine Keith, Change Management Director, AMHS

11:45 AM              Luncheon – US Senate Candidates Forum (Invited)
 1:30PM              The “Infrastructure Bill” – Getting It Built in SE Alaska
                               Facilitated by Nils Andreassen – Alaska Municipal League
                             Garrett Boyle- 
Federal Co-Chair, Denali Commission
                             Miles Baker- Governor’s Office, Infrastructure Investments (Invited)
                              Milo Booth-  Tribal Affairs Director, US DOT
                              Catherine Simons- Gateway Director Pac. NW and AK, MARAD
                              Linda Gehrke – Regional Administrator, FTA

2:00 PM               Visitor Industry
                              Norwegian Cruise Line, (Invited)
                              Patti Mackey, President & CEO, Ketchikan Visitor’s Bureau
                              Russel Dick, President & CEO, Huna Totem Corporation
                              Spruce Root, Regenerative Tourism
                              Lee Hart, Alaska Outdoor Alliance

3:00 PM               Break Sponsored by Visit Sitka

3:30PM               State of Alaska Southeast Legislative Candidates Forum (Invited)

4:30 PM               Constitutional Convention

5:00-7 PM           Community Reception – A Taste of Ketchikan
                             Salmon Landing Market,
Downtown Ketchikan

Wednesday, September 14th

7:00 AM               Registration Sponsored byWostmann & Associates, Inc.

7:15 AM               Breakfast Sponsored by Morris Communication

8:00 AM              Welcome BackPresident Alec Mesdag, AEL&P
                              Meet the candidates running for election to board seats, Polls Open

8:05 AM               Federal Update: Senator Dan Sullivan 

8:15 AM              Investing in SE Alaska’s Economy
                            Rob Gillam-
CEO, McKinley Capital Management
                            Sheba Person-Whitley- Region 10 Director, EDA (pending)
                            Julie Sande– Commissioner, AK Dept. of Commerce
                            Anthony Mallott- CEO, Sealaska

9:30 AM            Broadband Initiatives – Connecting Southeast to the World
                            Jason Custer-
                            Lacey Simpson- KPU
                           Chris Cropley-
CCTHIA Tribal Broadband Initiative

10:00 AM           Break –Sponsored by The Landing Hotel

10:30 AM             Mariculture- Vision in Action! 
                              Build Back Better-
                                Juliana Leggitt- SE Conference
                              Dan Lesh – McKinley Research Group
                              Julie Decker – 
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation

11:00 AM             Fisheries
                              Forest Bowers, AK Fish & Game, Commercial Fisheries
                              Katie Harms, Executive Director, DIPAC
                              Chris Barrows – President, Pacific Seafood Processors Assoc.
                             Ashley Heimbigner, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Noon                    Luncheon – Gubernatorial Forum

1:15 PM               Energy Committee
                            Michael Rovito,
Deputy Director AK Power Association
                            Beneficial Electrification Panel-
AK Energy Authority, AK Heat Smart
                            Alec Mesdag, AEL&P
                            Karen Petersen, Biomass Pellet Production

                           Energy Project Updates

2:00 PM             Healthcare
                             Dori Stevens, Cheif Administrative Officer, Peacehealth
                            Jared Kosin, President & CEO, ASHNHA

2:40 PM            Legislative Prognostication: “Back to the Past?”                                 
                             Larry Persily

3:00 PM              Break (polls close)

3:30 PM               Housing Challenges to the SE Economy
                               Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing Authority & KIC (Invited)

4:00 PM               University of Alaska Update
                               Pat Pitney, President, University of Alaska.
                                Introduction by Karen Carey, Chancellor, UAS

5:30 PM               Cocktail Hour Drink Tickets Sponsored by

6:00 PM               Awards Banquet & UAS Scholarship Auction Mark Scheer & KC Hostetler, Auctioneers

Thursday, September 15th

7:00 AM               Registration Sponsored byWostmann & Associates, Inc.

7:15 AM               Breakfast Sponsored by Grow Ketchikan

8:00 AM               WelcomeAlec Mesdag, AEL&P

8:05 AM               Membership Meeting
                             Call to Order, President Alec Mesdag
                             Approval of Minutes from  2021 annual meeting
                             Treasurer’s Report, Rorie Watt
                             President Lacey Simpson takes office
                             Announce Elected Board Members for 2023
                             Dismiss Outgoing and Seat Incoming Board Members
                             New Board Members Introductions
                             Action Items
                             Election of Officers (1st VP and 2nd VP)
                             Set Next Annual Meeting Location
                             Membership Remarks
                             Information and Announcements (Mid-Session Summit: Jan 31- Feb 2)

9:15 AM               Break

9:30 AM             US House Candidates Forum

11:00 AM           Feeding the Region – Ketchikan Growers, T&H Central Council

11:40 AM            Pending Panel

12:30 PM            Luncheon – Sponsored by Sealaska and ASMI
                            OneUSDA Southeast Alaska Sustatinable Strategy (SASS)
                            Keynote Speaker: US Dept. of Agriculture (Invited)

1:00 PM              Southeast Alaska Sustainable Stragtegy Stakeholder’s Workshop
                             Next steps for investment proposals, technical Assistance and Project Development
                             Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Spruce Root, Southeast Conference, OneUSDA

Adjourn for flights home