Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  March 2017

Maritime Industry Facts!
  • Juneau is the most visited city in Alaska during the summer, thanks to the cruise industry. We expect 1,060,000 cruise visitors in 2017, an increase of 4.4 percent from than last summer. This is almost 3 percent more than our previous peak year of 2008.
  • There are 320 vessels used for commercial fishing activity registered to Juneau owners. This includes fishing vessels, support vessels and sport fishing charters.
  • 279 Juneau permit holders fished commercially in 2016, landing over 15 million pounds of fish for estimated earnings of almost 20 million dollars.
  • US Coast Guard, civilian and active duty, is the largest federal employer in Juneau. 

Port to Starboard Progressive Dinner Maritime Festival Fundraiser 

All Aboard! The 4th Annual Port to Starboard progressive dinner takes place on Friday, May 5th from 6PM - 9PM. The progressive dinner raises funds to produce the Maritime Festival.  In true progressive style, we have 3 unique locations planned for our guests, including:  a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Deck, and the NOAA Subport.  Each stop has cocktails and delicious seafood involved!  Thanks to Port Chilkoot, each person gets 3 free cocktails! Space is limited so get your ticket today HERE.  

Maritime Festival is on Saturday, May 6th!   

Juneau Economic Development Council's annual Juneau Maritime Festival is a celebration of Juneau's strong maritime commerce, culture, and history. This year, the 8th Maritime Festival is set for Saturday, May 6th from 11AM-4PM on the new Alaska Steamship Terminal dock, weather permitting. From Tlingit canoes to Coast Guard vessels, water safety to sea creatures, children stories to fishing history, this Festival invites locals to explore Juneau's spectacular maritime heritage while enjoying live music, contests, food, and much more.
The goal of the Maritime Festival is to highlight one of Juneau's biggest local industries.  This year, the Maritime Festival will take place on the brand new Alaska Steamship Terminal dock, giving Juneau locals an opportunity experience the City's major infrastructure project that has been years in the making.
Also new this year is the Tug of War contest with a twist.  Hosted by the One People Canoe Society, this year's Tug of War contest will start on land, but end on the water.  The two teams left standing, will face off with a canoe tug of war!
The Maritime Festival, and downtown Juneau's waterfront, will be a buzz off activity.  Participants can look forward to live music, vendors of all kind, children activities, and contests.
We're looking for maritime-themed booths!  Sign up for a booth HERE.

 Thank you to our Maritime Festival partners and sponsors. 
Want to be a sponsor?  Sign up here

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Sign up for STEM Summer Camp! 

Hundreds of children enjoyed Juneau Economic Development Council's summer STEM camps last year. Make this summer count for your child! 2017 offers a rich array of STEM camp opportunities to kids entering grade two through twelve.

These camps are led by experienced and enthusiastic staff dedicated to ensure that your child's camp experience if safe and fun with tons of opportunity to explore and learn. Each of these camps will give kids hands-on experience in STEM. Space is limited and these camps sellout fast so be sure to sign up early

  • WeDo Programming (grades 2-3)
  • EV3 Programming (grades 4-8)
  • Girls Rock Robotics! (grades 4-8)
  • High School Robotics (grades 9-12)
  • Full STEAM Ahead (grades 2-4)
    • Learn about boating, floating, fishing, and more during this brand new one-week camp! Campers will enjoy hands-on projects that explore native ways of knowing and the engineering design process. Daily themes will focus on water, canoe design and construction, fishing tools, and more. Activities will include storytelling, art, and engineering!
  • MAKER Camp (grades 6-8)
    • The sky is the limit when you combine the skills of soldering, sewing, melting, drilling with your imagination and creativity. Campers will learn about basic electronics, simple machines, hydraulics, and more.

JEDC is seeking a Bookkeeper-Accountant to join our team! We're looking for someone to serve as full-charge bookkeeper for JEDC with general office duties to support our program staff and keep the office running smoothly. Are you an experienced, well-organized multi-tasker with a strong accounting background? If yes, please apply! 

This is a permanent part-time position with a flexible schedule. To apply, CLICK HERE or send an  email to  jobs@jedc.org to submit your resume and letter of interest.
Looking to Expand Your Business or Have a Business Idea that You Want to Make Happen?
If you have a project that will create or retain jobs in Southeast Alaska, Juneau Economic Development Council could be the lender you have been looking for.  It is often very difficult for businesses to get the financing they need to get started or expand, so Juneau Economic Development Council launched the Southeast Alaska Revolving Loan Fund in 1997 to bridge the gap between what banks will finance and what the business community needs.  Our goal is to provide financing for viable projects that will create and retain quality jobs and help to diversify local economies in Southeast Alaska. JEDC operates a community-based loan fund and one region wide loan program that serves smaller communities throughout Southeast Alaska. Find out more by contacting  Margaret O'Neal

Tourism Business Issues
An open letter to Congress and the Forest Service Leadership addressing tourism business issues on the Tongass National Forest is seeking individuals and businesses that share the desire to communicate the importance to the region of tourism related activities on the Tongass National Forest. The letter is posted to the JEDC website. If you would like to add your name, please contact Eva Bornstein
Economic Indicator: Young Adults are Moving to Juneau, Retirees are Leaving

Migration data by age has been released for the first time by the State Demographer.

From 2010 to 2015, the average yearly in-migration to Juneau was about 2,800 people, and the average yearly out-migration was 2,700, but there is significant difference in the direction of movement depending on age.  Juneau gained residents between the ages of 25 and 49 (averaging about 230 annually), and lost residents between the ages of 50 and 79 (about 150 annually). The chart below shows Juneau's 2016 population by age in red and the flow of in-migration and out-migration, for the years 2010 to 2015, by age in blue.

Based on the 2016 population estimate of 32,739, Juneau's annual turnover in population is about 16.5 percent. This is lower than Anchorage and Fairbanks, both with approximately 18 percent turnover, but  greater than the churn in total population for Alaska of 12 percent, which is among the highest in the nation. 

"Making Juneau More Family & Business Friendly with Youth Investment" 

Earlier this month, JEDC Executive Director Brian Holst, along with  local business owner Bruce Denton, former CBJ Manager Kevin Ritchie, and Director of the Association for the Education of Young Children Joy Lyon, gave a presentation at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.  This presentation directly addressed the Next Generation Workforce element of Juneau's Economic Plan. 

Investor Spotlight: First National Bank 

Alaskan-owned and operated since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with ATMs and 30 branches in 18 communities throughout the state. Visit FNBAlaska.com for more information about Alaska's largest locally-owned bank and access to efficient and secure online banking services.

Learn more about supporting the work of JEDC and consider an Investment in Juneau.
Become a 2017 JEDC Investor 

We invite you to invest in Juneau by becoming a JEDC Investor. Show your support of the work we do to forward Juneau and Southeast's economy.

By supporting JEDC you are supporting the long-term economic success of Alaska's capital city, and creating a business climate that in turn supports your business or organization.  

To learn more about our investor program, please visit www.JEDC.org/investors or send an email to Dana Herndon
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