Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  December 2019
We Extend a Warm Welcome to Our Newest Board Members!
And a big thanks to those who completed service in 2019: Keith Comstock, Mitch Jackson, Nadine Lefebvre, and Marc Wheeler! 

Melissa Kookesh

Alexander Kotlarov

Garrett Schoenberger

Chris Dimond

Explore the 9th Annual Innovation Summit Themes
What do thinking and learning look like, and under what conditions do they thrive?
Build a framework of the nature of creativity and intelligence, focus on 'visible thinking' and explore the cultural forces that support good thinking.

Changes in Alaska's climate can drive opportunities for innovation.

Get inspiration from business and regions using changing climate and sustainability as a lever for success

Support local Alaskan entrepreneurs; learn the art of early-stage startup investing.

Do you want to be part of local business success stories? Take part in our Angel Investing Bootcamp. 

FIRST Lego League Tournament 
This past month brought a much anticipated event to Southeast Alaska: Juneau Robot Jamboree on December 7 with over 20 teams.

This event brings together students between the ages of 9-14 and judges teams on their technical experience, core values, project, robot design and robot performance. 

This was one of 12 events in December under JEDC's FIRST Program. JEDC supports 30+ competitions each year throughout Alaska as part of our Talent Development programming focused on developing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. 

[Photo: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire]

Thank you to the volunteers, parents and sponsors who make this  event a success!
Child Care Loan Program  
The purpose of the loan program is to create more childcare capacity in Juneau by assisting new or existing childcare providers to access, improve or expand the physical infrastructure needed to deliver more quality childcare programs to more families.
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Southeast Alaska Revolving  
Loan Fund
JEDC seeks to work with companies that have excellent potential for growth, will provide increased employment in Southeast Alaska, and will help diversify our economy.

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JANUARY 23, 2020

Apply Here
(Must create a profile
in order to apply)
Compete for an investment of up to $200,000!
Entrepreneurs, this is your chance to meet angel investors, learn how to communicate with them, and potentially receive a $100k+ angel investment.  
Last year, the fund associated with the 2019 AAC invested $115,000 in Ramper Innovations, with other finalists receiving separate investments from individual investors as well.  

Must be a U.S. company.

Must be located in or have significant operations in the state of Alaska.

Seeking Investing between $100k - $200k 

Indicator of the Month
Juneau's 60+ Cohort is Now 20 Percent of our Population

While the population of Juneau has grown by 4.2 percent overall in the decade from 2009 to 2018, during this same time Juneau's 60 and over cohort has increased by 54 percent, from 4,201 seniors in 2009 to 6,483 seniors in 2018. In 2009, seniors represented just under 14 percent of Juneau's population. In 2018, seniors reached 20 percent of the population. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section, projects Juneau's 60 and over population to continue to grow, reaching 24 percent of our population by 2025 and remaining around this percent from then on.
A look at the senior population growth by five-year cohorts reveals a more nuanced picture. The number of seniors aged 60 to 64 increased by 33 percent in the past decade, the number of 65 to 69 year-olds increased by 83 percent, and the number seniors 70 to 74 nearly doubled, increasing by an 90 percent.

Collaboration between JCOA & CBJ
10-15 Minute Survey
Must be 55+

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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.

Sponsorship is Open for the 2020 Innovation Summit.

Contact Kristy for more information.


The Summit is Alaska's largest innovation conference that gathers business owners, non-profits, government employees, and industry leaders.  More than 300 attendees and 40 presenters participate in this energetic two-day summit. Share in the benefits of the Innovation Summits promotion and coverage: before, during, and after the event.

JEDC Investor's can add to their annual recognition level (below).

Sponsorship Information .

We Are Hiring
JEDC is seeking an individual with an
accounting background who wants to be part of a dynamic, mission-driven organization. 


Learn more about our investor program, please visit
or send an email to Robyn 

Become a 2020 JEDC Investor 

We invite you to invest in Juneau by becoming
a JEDC Investor. Show your support of the
work done to advance Juneau and Southeast Alaska's economy.
Supporting JEDC affects the long-term economic success of Alaska's Capital City while creating a business climate that bolsters your business or organization.  

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Executive Director
Juneau Economic Development Council

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Chancellor Rick Caulfield
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Brandon Cullim 
Jake Carpenter
Mayor Beth Weldon
Susan Murray 
Lauren MacVay
Melissa Kookesh
Alexander Kotlarov
Garrett Schoenberger
Chris Dimond
Wade Bryson, CBJ Assembly
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Why do you
Choose Juneau?  

As part of the Choose Juneau initiative at JEDC, we support a  video series called Why I Choose Juneau.
Check out our Why I Choose Juneau video campaign linked here.
Why do you Choose Juneau? 
Send your short video of why you choose Juneau to Robyn Mesdag and we will post selected videos!