Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  August 2016
Juneau Makerspace Represents Juneau in DC

The Juneau Makerspace attended a makerspace meeting in DC that brought together 180 makerspace organizers from across the country to discuss common themes and issues to all makerspaces. The Juneau Economic Development Council was happy to provide Alaska Airlines airfare to Juneau Makerspace founder and President Sam Bornstein, so that he  could represent Juneau in a national discussion about makerspaces convened by the White House. 

JEDC thanks Platinum JEDC sponsors, Alaska Airlines, for giving JEDC airfare to support economic development in Juneau.  

For more information on the Juneau Makerspace please visit the website.  You can also visit their Facebook page here
Inspire a Future Generation by Becoming a Junior Achievement Volunteer

JEDC stands on the Juneau Junior Achievement Committee and is looking for volunteers to help inspire our future generation. If you have a desire to be an inspirational role model, have the time to give to the students, and feel that there is a need for financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship education, we would love to have you join us! 

To find out more about volunteering, please visit the JEDC site.

The Juneau Junior Achievement (JA) Committee is currently led by Bob Varness of Tongass Rain Electric Cruise LLC, Ted Quinn of Capital Office,
 and Brian Holst of  JEDC,  however, other Juneau organizations and businesses are encouraged to get involved--we need your help!   Junior Achievement is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers - all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. JA's hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people all over the world.

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've been looking for.  We are a non-profit financial institution created to fund development in Southeast Alaska.  It is often very difficult for new businesses and businesses in depressed industries to get the financing they need to get started and 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

Deckhand Dave's is open thanks to the JEDC Revolving Loan Fund

Willoughby District Stakeholder Meeting  

The Willougby District is buzzing with projects and activity! JEDC invites you to attend the Willoughby District Stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, September 14th at 4:30PM at the JACC.  This meeting will bring together various downtown stakeholders to discuss current projects and plans and general comments concerning the Willoughby District so that the downtown community can move forward together.  Immediately following the Willoughby District Stakeholder Meeting will be the Willoughby District Arts Complex meeting with the JAHC and Northwind Architects.  This session will report on significant progress on the conceptual design made following community feedback at the July meetings. 

Since 2010, JEDC has made a steady and concerted effort to work with diverse stakeholders to address concerns about the health and vitality of downtown Juneau to ensure that Juneau is a Great (Capital) City! 
Picture from last year's Willoughby District meeting
2016 FIRST LEGO League Animal Allies Season Kicks Off!

FIRST is about so much more than LEGOs and robots! This year, our teams will explore the interactions between humans and other animals in the "Animal Allies" Challenge. During the "Animal Allies" season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the project.  They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMSĀ® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious ProfessionalismĀ®.

2016 Animal Allies Challenge Video

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Cluster Working Group Meetings

JEDC continues to facilitate cluster working group meetings as part of its Southeast Cluster Initiative

The September R&D Cluster Working Group meets on Thursday, September 8 at 9AM at JEDC.

The September Renewable Energy Cluster Working Group meets on Thursday, September 8 at 3PM at JEDC. 

Visitor Products Cluster Working Group will start meetings again in October.    
JEDC Executive Director Visits Alaska Center for Energy and Power 

Left to Right: Brian Holst (JEDC), George Roe (ACEP) and Gwen Holdman (ACEP Executive Director) and Brian Holst (UAF student) at a visit to the Alaska Center for Energy and Power

JEDC has been a member of the ACEP Advisory Committee for several years.  The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) based at the University of Alaska is dedicated to applied energy research and testing focused on lowering the cost of energy throughout Alaska and developing economic opportunities for the State, its residents, and its industries. For more information, please visit the website .

Juneau to Parti cipate in National Drive Electric Week 2016

The Electric Auto Association invites all EV owners and enthusiasts to an electric vehicle event as part of the National Drive Electric Week on Saturday, September 10th. 
Come share some fun with Juneau's growing electri c vehicle owners and learn about electric vehicles first hand. Hot dogs and EV information will be available for this fun family event.  We will be parking EV's in front of the Sandy Beach Picnic Shelter #1  Saturday September 10th at 12-4 PM located at Sandy Beach/Savikko Park. There will be demonstration rides available for folks interested in how an electric vehicle works and how driving electric helps your family and your community.
Please come to learn and share about driving electric vehicles in Juneau.  Juneau now hosts over 70 EVs with Nissan Leafs, Ford EV's, Chevy Volts and Juneau now has 2 Teslas! This is a great event for EV owners to share experience with other drivers and prospective EV owners, and for members of the public to learn more about the benefits of driving electric in Juneau.
The event is also an opportunity to join and meet other members of the growing Juneau Chapter of the Electric Auto Association.

National Drive Electric Week is an annual celebration and outreach efforts that consists of EV [electric vehicle] activities staged in cities coast to coast and internationally.  The goal is to share the experience of electric vehicle owners and bring information about the many reasons to adopt electric vehicles to consumers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. 

STAR AmeriCorps Send Off 

JEDC thanks all six STAR AmeriCorps Members for completing their service in Juneau. Over the past year, these STAR AmeriCorps Members added value to the Juneau community with the service they provided to organizations such as JEDC, United Way, AWARE, the Juneau School District and more.  

JEDC Board of Director Openings

The Juneau Economic Development Council annually has openings on its Board of Directors. JEDC Board members are recommended to the CBJ Assembly by the current JEDC Board and then appointed by the CBJ Assembly based upon their experience and expertise in areas relating to economic development and our local economy.

For an appointment of three years starting on/about December 2015, there are three seats available. In this cycle, one of these three open seats will be filled by a representative of organized labor.  Interested parties should send of letter of interest to JEDC Executive Director, Brian Holst, , or call 523-2333  for more information. 

Applicants will also need to complete an application form with a brief letter of qualifications. Applications can be sent to the City Clerk or to JEDC.

Deadline for applying is Friday, October 21 .  Interested Candidates should plan on participating in interviews with current members of the JEDC Board on Wednesday, November 2, at Noon.    
JEDC Economic Indicator: Juneau Community Economic Trends

Juneau Community Economic Trends can be followed on the JEDC website.

JEDC's website is a resource for information on key economic indicators that that affect jobs, income, and our community's general well-being. Interactive charts and graphs give a snapshot of Juneau's most recent local economic indicators and historical trends. JEDC hopes that these interactive indicators will help the community better understand the local economy as they consider their future options.

The community can look through the interactive charts and graphs at  on the following topics:
Investor Spotlight: Alaska Communications Systems

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