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

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This year, we're introducing TWO new STEM Summer Camps -- Kinetic Sculpture and Full STEAM Ahead.  

Kinetic Sculpture Camp uses a curriculum shared by the Edgerton Center at MIT. Students entering grades 6-8 will explore familiar materials in new ways. Through the manipulation of traditiona l art supplies, recycled materials, hardware, and food, students will build a variety of kinetic elements. In the process they will experiment with concepts such as center of balance, potential and kinetic energy, gear mechanisms, and harnessing wind-generated power. 

Full STEAM Ahead ties in Science + Technology + Engineering + Art + Math. In this one-week camp your kids will learn about boating, floating, fishing, and more. Daily themes will focus on water, canoe design and construction, and fishing tools, with activities that include storytelling, art, and engineering. This camp is for students entering grades 2-4. Camp takes place Jun 12 - 16.

There's still space in some of the STEM summer camps! Make this summer count for your child! 2017 offers a rich array of STEM camp opportunities to kids entering grade two through twelve.
These camps are led by experienced and enthusiastic staff dedicated to ensure that your child's camp experience if safe and fun with tons of opportunity to explore and learn. Each of these camps will give kids hands-on experience in STEM. Space is limited and these camps sellout fast so be sure to sign up early!  If cost is an issue, please contact Becca and we will work something out! Sign up HERE

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Congratulations to Alaska Airlines

Congratulations  to our Platinum Investor, Alaska Airlines, for ranking highest in airline customer satisfaction among traditional carriers for the 10th consecutive year in the
J.D. Power 2017 North America Airline Satisfaction Study.  

Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden states in the press release,  " To have this recognition from the highly respected J.D. Power organization for 10 consecutive years is both extraordinary and humbling," said Alaska Airlines CEO  Brad Tilden . "Our 20,000 remarkable and kind-hearted employees are what distinguish Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air. The rest of the leadership team and I would like to thank them for their incredible dedication to our guests. We're working to achieve our higher purpose of creating an airline people love and recognition like this confirms that we're heading in the right direction."

To read the full press release, please click HERE.  

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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.
Congratulations to Deckhand Dave's Fish Tacos!

If you haven't tried Deckhand Dave's Fish Tacos then now's your chance! Business Insider ranked Deckhand Dave's Fish Tacos in the top 50 best taco joints in the United States (11/50, to be exact).  

Thanks to JEDC's Revolving Loan Fund, Deckhand Dave's is open for business and serving up delicious tacos.  If you have a project that will create or retain jobs in Southeast Alaska, then the Juneau Economic Development Council can help! Through the Revolving Loan Fund, we aim to provide financing for viable projects that will create and retain quality jobs and help diversify local economies in Southeast. To find out more, contact Margaret O'Neal

Juneau Maritime Festival: Thank you and Maritime Festival Survey Results 

It truly does take a team to pull off a successful event.  We could not have produced this event without the help of our sponsors, steering committee, and volunteers.  Thank you to each and every one of you.  

We surveyed attendees of the 2017 Maritime Festival to evaluate attendance draw and repeat rate, satisfaction and highlights, and economic impact for vendors and the downtown core.  Results show:
  • 5,000 attended the festival
  • 4,000, or 80 percent of attendees, came downtown specifically for the event
  • Most survey respondents were attending for the first time or had been to only one previous festival
  •  Festival does not draw attendees from out of town for the event
  • Festival scored 8.2 on a 1 to 10 scale, 10 being excellent
  •  Food and music were highlights
  •  Attendees would like more food, booths and activities and more maritime content
  •  Almost 80 percent of survey respondents spent money on food at the event, 40 percent on nonfood items
  •  Almost 30 percent of respondents indicated that they would also spend money in downtown restaurants and drinking establishments and 20 percent would spend money in downtown stores
  • Downtown establishments are missing an economic opportunity to capitalized on the event
  • There is an indirect beneficial impact to the community from money spent on goods and services for the organizing effort
To download the full survey, click here

Maritime Industry Facts 

Economic Indicator:   
Southeast Alaska's Boom and Bust Growth Cycles

In 2016,  Juneau experienced its first population decline in ten years. The July 2016 population estimate was 32,739, a drop of almost 400 from 2015. This drop ended Juneau's most recent growth spurt, from 2007 and 2015, during which the population grew by just over 2,800 people.
In the two decades from 1997 to 2016, Juneau had 15 years with population growth and only five years with a decline. Three of those years were between 2004 and 2007. In contrast, Southeast Alaska, with a 2016 population of 41,073 excluding Juneau, lost population in 11 out of 20 years. The five years from 2008 to 2012 were the only consecutive years where both Juneau and the region outside Juneau gained population.

Investor Spotlight: Coastal Helicopters
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Coastal Helicopters Inc. emphasizes commercial and industrial helicopter support in and around Juneau, Southeast Alaska and other outlying areas of Alaska. Coastal Helicopters's focus is on quality service to all our customers. Our pilots are experienced in the areas of long line external load operations, mining and logging. We support the US Forest Service and other government agencies as well as year round maintenance for hydroelectric and telephone systems. Coastal Helicopters expertise and professionalism are known and relied upon throughout Southeast Alaska. Coastal also works closely with the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP), assists in search and rescue operations and provides services for those in need of emergency medical attention. We are available for commercial and contract flying service 365 days a year. Many of Alaska's most experienced helicopter pilots fly with the Coastal team. 

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