Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  February 29, 2016
The 2016 Innovation Summit a Success! 
Thank you for those of you who joined us for another incredible Innovation Summit! 

A few highlights from this year's Innovation Summit:
  • Three expert Keynotes from around the World
  • 225 total attendees
  • About 40% of attendees were in the private sector
  • About 30% of the attendees came from out of Juneau
  • Over 40 different presenters in just under 36 hours!
  • We crowdfunded for Juneau's first ever Pitch in the Morning event, totaling a cash prize of $1,110. Congratulations to our crowd-funders, sponsors and to the winner, Sawmill Farms! 
A video of the event and keynote presentations will be available on our Innovation Summit  site soon .

Another huge thank you to our event partners and supporters:   Haa AaniSealaskaJuneau HydropowerAlaska Airlines, University of Alaska Southeast, Icelandair, Juneau S uicide Prevention ,   U.S. Forest Service GCI Alaska Division of Economic Development HansenGress , Alaska Communications , Northrim Bank , Avista Wells Fargo AK Litho , The Nature Conservancy Alaska Growth Capital Coastal Helicopters , AEL&P , Northwind Architects , True North Federal Credit Union , Alaskan Brewing Company , McGivney's, The Leighty Foundation , Cycle Alaska ,   The Prospector  and many partnering individuals and organizations.  This event truly would not have been possible without your support.

Thank you all for a great Innovation Summit and we'll see you next year on February 15 and 16, 2017!
FIRST Tech Challenge State Championships Held Last Weekend
Thirty-five high school teams competed in this year's  FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship in Anchorage. 

Five teams will advance to represent Alaska in the  FIRST Tech Challenge West Super Regional Tournament at the Oakland Convention Center next month.  

For more information about the results or other FIRST activities in Alaska, contact Rebecca Soza, Statewide Coordinator for FIRST in Alaska at: 917-902-0358, or visit
Mark Your Calendars! Maritime Festival on May 7th! 

The annual Juneau Maritime Festival is returning to downtown Juneau this spring! We invite you and your business to work shoulder-to-shoulder with many other community partners to help us make the 2016 Festival an outstanding success. Last year's Festival attracted more than 2,000 people and we're confident this year's Festival will be a great experience -- especially with your help!

Contact Dana Herndon at 523-2324 or email if you're interested in sponsoring or volunteering . Check out pictures from last year here

JR. FIRST LEGO League Starts!
Over 50 elementary school children in Juneau are participating in the JR. FIRST LEGO League.  The kids meet weekly at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library 

This year's Waste Wise challenge will task the 6-9 year old's to come up with solutions for managing and creating trash. Throughout the 7-week program the children will make a poster on a solution to a trash problem as well as learn basic programming. 
Become a 2016 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 or send an email to Dana Herndon
Featured Economic Indicator:
Juneau's Growth in Government and Private Sector Employment, 1974 - 2014

In the forty years since 1974, Juneau's population has more than doubled, from 16,100 to 33,158. During this period, the greatest increase in population occurred in the decade from 1974 to 1984. The following decades saw slow but steady overall growth. During these decades, while the population grew at a compound growth rate of 1.8 percent from 1974 to 2014, employment grew at a compound rate of 1.9 percent.

Prior to 1984, Juneau was a town dominated by government jobs. In 1984 private sector employment caught up with government employment. The number of private sector jobs continued to surpass government employment in increasing numbers each subsequent decade. This growth in the private sector occurred as a direct result of the need for services and retail goods for the growing population. The opening of two mines in the area and the explosion in number of cruise visitors to Alaska were additional significant contributors to employment growth in the last decade, just as government jobs began to decline. 
Investor Spotlight: Thank you BP!

"BP Alaska is focused on creating jobs for Alaskans and continuing to invest in the future of this great state. We are pleased to support the work of the Juneau Economic Development Council, helping to grow and sustain economic opportunity across Southeast Alaska."
--Tamera Lienhart
Director of Community & Public Affairs
BP Exploration Alaska Inc
BP opened its first office in Alaska in 1959, and for more than four decades has led the oil and gas industry that drives economic growth in Alaska. BP operates nine North Slope oilfields in the Greater Prudhoe Bay area and owns significant interests in six producing fields operated by others. BP also owns significant non-operating interests in the Point Thomson development project, the Liberty prospect, and in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). Key aspects of BP's business strategy in Alaska are the safe, reliable and efficient development of the significant undeveloped light oil, viscous and heavy oil, and natural gas resources within the existing North Slope fields.

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