Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  February 2017
Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Innovation Summit 

The Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in Juneau for the first time since the inception of this prestigious award. The important event was held at Juneau Economic Development Council's Innovation Summit last week.  This year is also the first year that Southeast Alaskans were inducted into the Hall of Fame - Geoff and Marcy Larson [Alaskan Brewing Co.] and Sandro Lane [Alaska Protein Recovery and Taku Smokeries]. The Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame was created by the Statewide Committee for Research to inspire innovative Alaskans as well as recognize the great achievements of Alaskans past and present.  The Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame celebrates and honors outstanding individuals who put Alaska on the map as leaders in innovation and to contribute to Alaska's growing culture of innovation. This year, seven new members joined the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame as part of the Innovation Summit in Juneau, produced by the Juneau Economic Development Council. The seven individuals who joined the Hall of Fame include: Sandro Lane, Rajive Ganguli, Jeff Rothman, Brian Shumaker, Peter Webley, and Geoff and Marcy Larson.  

Class of 2016
STEM Coalition Community Meeting on March 8

The newly formed Juneau STEM Coalition invites community members, teachers, and community members from the school's science curriculum review committee to give input on the latest draft of the new science curriculum.  This new curriculum focuses on inquiry-based science and is based on the Next Generation Science StandardsThe Juneau STEM Coalition needs community professionals to identify specific local connections --   current research, published papers, potential volunteers, field trip options, etc - for each of the topics identified in the curriculum .

Dinner and all necessary materials will be provided.

WhatMaking Community Curriculum Connections
Where: JDHS Library
When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 5:00-6:30PM 

Please RSVP using  this form  to ensure we have enough food.  As always, if your plans change from no to yes, please come anyway.  

If you have any questions regarding this effort or the Juneau STEM Coalition, contact us at juneaustemcoalition@gmail.com.
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 new businesses and businesses in depressed industries 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

Innovation Summit Recap 

The JEDC thanks the Innovation Summit sponsors and attendees.  Thank you to all those that participated. Here's a quick recap:
  • 208 people attended
  • Over 40% of the attendees were from the private sector
  • 25% of the attendees  traveled to Juneau for the Summit 
Piper Foster Wilder participates in the Pitch Contest 
Juneau Dance Theater performs
Summit Speaker Robert B. Tucker

Eric and Patrick from Adventure Flow 

Another huge thank you to our event partners and supporters:  
Juneau Hydropower, Alaska Airlines, Sealaska, University of Alaska Southeast, Wells Fargo, Alaska Department of Economic Development, Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Alaskan Brewing Co., GCI, Alaska Pacific University Hickel Leadership & Entrepreneurship Fund, Hansen Gress, Avista, Alaska Communications, AK Litho, Southeast Conference, The Nature Conservancy, Alaska Growth Capital, Northrim Bank, Alyeska Venture Management, Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, Foodland IGA, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Alaska Glacier Seafoods, Alaska Seaplanes, Alaska Investor Network, REAP, Coppa, Juneau Dance Theater, Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Fred Meyer, True North Federal Credit Union, AEL&P, Alaska Marine Lines and more! 
This event truly would not have been possible without your support.
Thank you all for a great Innovation Summit and we'll see you at the next one on February 21 - 22, 2018! 

Economic Indicator: 
Juneau's service providing and goods producing job count still tracking prior years while government sector is down

Juneau's total monthly job count in 2016 through September (the most recently available data) is trending below prior years. However, a look separately at the service providing sector and goods producing sector and government sector reveals that jobs are down only in the government sector.  The service providing and goods producing sectors are tracking closely with the prior three years.
Looking at Juneau's job count on a month by month basis also shows the impact of our seasonal industries on job numbers. August is Juneau's month of highest employment while January and December are the lowest. About 2,500 jobs disappear in the winter and reappear each summer. 

You can download the 2016 Economic Indicators HERE  
Mark your calendars for the Juneau Maritime Festival!

The Juneau Maritime Festival is Saturday, May 6 , 2017.  We hope you plan on joining us for this event, now in its 8th year.  Stay up to date with the latest information on our website and Facebook.

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Choose Juneau Partner Button For Your Website 

The Juneau Economic Development Council has been working on the  Choose Juneau  campaign which focuses on positioning Juneau as a great place to live, work, retire, and invest.  We created a Choose Juneau website button that you can include on your website to direct traffic to Choose Juneau.  Link it to your website, now, using this link:  http://choosejuneau.org/link-to-us

Check out the site at www.ChooseJuneau.org! 
Investor Spotlight: GCI

GCI is Alaska's leader in wireless, cable, internet and voice services. GCI is an Alaska born and raised company that is comm itted to connecting Alaskans with the latest technology while expanding services to  busi ness markets throughout Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and beyond. For more than 35 years, GCI has been delivering communication and technology services across Alaska, in some of the most remote communities and the most challenging conditions in North America. The $2 billion publicly traded company is a leader in health care and education connectivity, as well as developing cutting-edge Arctic technology. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com , Facebook.com/GCIAK and on Instagram at @GCIAK. 

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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Juneau Economic Development Council

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