Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  May 2020

JEDC has been considering ways that we can lift up and support minority owned businesses throughout Southeast Alaska.  
We think the following observation of how our communities have been responding throughout the U.S. is a comprehensive way to really look at how organizations and their people can be the catalyst for change.
"This time could be a call to action for economic development and neighborhood district practitioners
to create real economic justice. The field of community economic development practitioners and the philanthropic community have begun making shifts to be more economically just, with some organizations
at further stages than others
" -Dionne Baux, Director of Urban Programs, NMSC 

These thoughts can be adapted to any community that understands that there is always a need to encourage community support and help make those connections regularly. It is then that we interweave all walks of life
into the equation.

Let's continue to listen and understand how all of our organizations can be more conscious of our role in our own communities. 

Community Aid for Juneau Businesses
Business Sustainability Grant

The CBJ Assembly is making grants available to businesses and non-profits with funds from the COVID-19 relief funds.

Applications are live and we have accepted over 90 requests. Companies range across many sectors, visitor services, retail shops, healthcare, restaurants and non-profit entities.

Emergency Loan Program

JEDC has been dispersing funds for the Emergency Loan Program with funds from CBJ for over 90 days and we are close to loaning the remaining funds that are available. We will continue lending until we have completely exhausted the funds available. Apply through the link below.

JEDC Summer Internship

Welcome Capri!

We are happy to have the opportunity to add Capri to our team for the summer. She is helping us, primarily, to process assistance to our business and non-profit community through local and federal resources, while getting a feel for the diverse programming that JEDC offers our community.

Capri was born and raised in Juneau and graduated from JDHS in 2019. In August she will be entering her sophomore year at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Minnesota where she is majoring in Political Science and minoring in English Writing. Currently she has an interest in International Relations and looks forward to defining her field of choice as she continues her education. 

Choose Juneau: In Your Network

We are developing a campaign to encourage remote worker's to Choose Juneau as their home base.

Do you know individuals that you know are able to work remotely? Do you have connections to companies that utilize a remote working environment?

We welcome your support in researching the remote working demographic. Please consider sharing our information gathering survey with your network.

 STEM Summer Camps

Summer Camps Are Going Strong!

July 13-17 EV3 Camp | Grades 4-8
4th-8th grade students will explore EV3 Programming (used by First LEGO League teams) by completing coding challenges that range from having their bot pick up objects to making their bot react to light intensity.
July 27-31 WeDo Camp | Grades 2-4
    August 10-14 Gruening Park  
WeDo Camp | Grades 2-8
Kids will have a blast programming Milo, their new robotic friend with WeDo software. Campers will build many different configurations of Milo and learn about STEM and language as they catalog their progress in a story book. Puzzles, crafts, and games will keep campers engaged and curious throughout the week.
July 27-August 7 Advanced @ Home Camp
Grades 6-8

We're offering a 2 week long rental of an FLL Kit (EV3 programming) with daily challenges and video resources for our most experienced, inquisitive, and self motivated campers. Campers will have the freedom to choose their own adventure as they discover new ways to program and interact with their bot. 

Email mcomstock@jedc.org with questions.

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Executive Director
Juneau Economic Development Council

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