Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  June 2017
Summer Fun at STEM Summer Camps!

We've had a great summer full of fun and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) so far!  Below are a few snapshots of our latest summer camps.

Girls Rock! Robotics group project 

Kinetic Sculpture Camp -- Camper working on her Sculpture! 

WeDo Robotics Day 2 -- Everyone is learning how to write a story into their programs!

The STEM Summer Camps are brought to you by:



Alaska Startup Week -- July 22nd - 30th 

This year, Alaska Startup Week is July 22 - 30, 2017.  The Alaska Startup Week is a week of events and celebration of our Alaskan communities - that builds momentum and opportunity around innovation and entrepreneurship.  The Juneau Economic Development Council will host a series of events in Juneau with other local partners like the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association and Spruce Root. Stay tuned for more information!  

Startup Week is a cornerstone statewide event in " Innovate Alaska  (2.0)", a statewide effort to strengthen and diversify Alaska's economic base through improved access to effective resources and mentors to: Grow entrepreneur ecosystems; engage export and import substitution businesses to innovate, and engage the next generation through K-12 outreach.

Juneau Startup Week Events:

Tuesday, July 25th: Ocean Tuesday -- we'll be taking tours of the two local seafood processing plants
Thursday, July 27th: New and Veteran Entrepreneur Panel
Friday, July 28th: Doing Business Downtown Panel 
What is the Arctic Innovation Competition?  

The JEDC has been a proud supporter of the  UAF Arctic Innovation Competition  (AIC) for almost 9 years. AIC is Alaska's original idea contest created by Dr. Ping Lan and launched in 2009.  The AIC is run by the UAF School of Management and currently awards $30,000 in cash prizes.

The AIC is easy to enter -- no prototype or business plan is required. Individuals and teams of all ages may enter and there is no entry fee.  

The AIC submission deadline is Friday, September 22, 2017.  
JEDC collaborates with the Downtown Business Association on Juneau's first Rain Paint installation

The Downtown Business Association infrastructure committee, with the help of the Juneau Economic Development Council, just completed Juneau's first rain paint design in downtown.  The completed design is English symbolism and word for 'rain' and the corresponding Tlingit symbolism and word for 'rain." Rain paint only appears when it rains and is invisible on the concrete when it's dry and we thought it was a fun and interesting way of embracing Juneau's rainy weather.  

The idea is to have similar designs on the sidewalk of Franklin and Front Street in the various languages that are spoken in Juneau. The next two designs will be English/Tagalog and English/Russian. 



Thank you to Docks & Harbors for letting us use a piece of sidewalk and to AK Litho for making the stencil for us. 
Economic Indicator: 
Gross Business Sales in Juneau by Business Category for 2016 show some ups and some downs

Preliminary data from the CBJ finance department shows that Juneau's gross business sales of $2,421 million in 2016 were down slightly from the record high of 2015, but sales are still above levels seen in the previous decade.

The category of "Other," which includes mineral sales, fuel companies, food suppliers, and wholesale equipment, among others, increased by $36 million (5 percent) over 2015, while the category of "Transportation and Freight," which includes tourism transportation, increased by $22 million (14 percent). Together, these two just equaled the $58 million (15 percent) decrease in sales by Contractors.  Retail sales and real estate sales also declined in 2016.
Investor Spotlight: GCI

GCI is Alaska's largest integrated telecommunications provider and serves more than 200 communities statewide. Since 1979, GCI has invested more than $3 billion to bring the latest telecommunication technologies to connect Alaskans to each other and to the rest of the world.  GCI is committed to delivering service to all Alaskans from the Aleutians to the Arctic, from the North Slope the Southeast, and everywhere in between.  With more than 2,200 Alaska employees, GCI is one of the largest private employers in the state and is dedicated to providing the innovation and technology necessary to grow Alaska's economy, support industry and jobs, provide education and healthcare, and maintain the quality of life that all Alaskans enjoy. To learn more about GCI's products including wireless, voice, data and video services, visit  www.gci.com .

Learn more about supporting the work of JEDC and consider an  Investment in Juneau.
Advertising Opportunities Available on the Choose Juneau Website! 

Take advantage of the exciting wave of advertising opportunities with  Choose Juneau . Choose Juneau is Alaska's Capital City's go-to resource for gathering information on investing, retiring, working, and raising a family in Juneau. Reach a wider audience by advertising on the Choose Juneau website, including: HR professionals, local organizations, potential Juneau residents and more.

For advertising inquiries, please contact Dana Herndon.

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