Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  May 2020
UAS Needs Your Support!
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Public Testimony Opportunity 
JUNE 2, 2020
4 PM - 6 PM  
Next week, the University of Alaska Board of Regents will consider whether to cut more than 40 academic programs and to implement structural changes that could result in the merger of the University of Alaska Southeast with one of the system's other two universities.


The consideration of "options for university transformation"
- including a possible merger - is part of an effort to mitigate a $14 million to $40 million financial deficit that would hit the university system in fiscal year 2022, according to a May 13 presentation to the University Board of Regents' audit committee by UA President Jim Johnsen. (Anchorage Daily News Excerpt)  
You can show your support to keep the University of Alaska Southeast as an independent entity within the University of Alaska system that serves our region so well. Attend the public testimony next week, June 2, 2020 at 4 PM or write a letter to the board showing your support.  
Emergency Loan Program
We are still accepting applications.  
As we eliminate non-responsive applicants, we continue to free up resources.

All applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are nearing the $3 million threshold. We will continue lending until we have completely exhausted the resources available.
Please forward this on to business owners you know. Additional information can be found on our website.

AK CARES Grant Program

The purpose of the AK CARES Funding Program is to provide emergency relief grants to small businesses that were unable to receive support from the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), or other federal funding programs under CARES Act. In addition, to show support for rural Alaskan businesses that are in need right now, up to 20% of funds available through this program will be set aside for the needs of businesses in remote Alaskan communities that have fewer than 5,000 residents.  


AK CARES Grant Program  
 at a Glance  
Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development

Alaska Industrial Development & Export Authority (AIDEA)

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  • Small Business Relief
  • 20% Allocated for Alaskan communities that have fewer than 5,000 residents
  • Grant Funding Ranging from $5,000 - $10,000
  • First Come First Serve Basis
Eva Bornstein Retires after 10 Years with JEDC

Eva Will Be Missed!

Eva Bornstein retired recently after ten+ great years of service to our community through the Juneau Economic Development Council. As JEDC's lead researcher, Eva helped us all understand better the many facets of our local economy. Her precision and attention to detail will be hard to replace. She was the quiet energy behind many efforts, including being an architect of our cluster-based approach. 
You can catch up with Eva on Juneau's trails, as she will continue being an avid hiker--every Wednesday supporting community hiking adventures.
Thank you Eva! 

Choose Juneau: Remote Working

Now that more people have the ability to work remotely, do you have people in your life you hope will move to Juneau?

Fill out the Choose Juneau, two question, survey to help us start to focus on how we attract remote workers to our city!

Choose Juneau: Remote Working Survey
Connecting Displaced Workforce with Job Opportunities

Juneau Works serves as a resource to provide community connections for paid and volunteer work opportunities.

Created to connect Juneau with employment resources, training opportunities and project ideas for the improvement of our homes, businesses and community.

Brought to you by a community partnership of professionals with knowledge of home building and real estate, design and promotion, creativity and performance, community outreach and organizing, and business and economic development.

We would like your help to put displaced workers to work in our town!

Post your jobs on
Facebook through the

Email Kristy for more
information and learn how
you can help!

 STEM Summer Camps are in the Works

Save the Date! June 22-26

We are working towards a goal of developing multiple LEGO Robotics STEM Summer Camps for the 2020 season.

As we develop curriculum we will also be consulting CDC and State of Alaska requirements to safely run the camps, starting with limiting the camps to 10 children at a time.

Would you like to help us make the first camp a success? Please let us know if you would be interested in enrolling your child in the first camp scheduled for June 22-26.

More details will be updated on our STEM website, please check in for curriculum, pricing and location in the near future.

Email mcomstock@jedc.org for more information.

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Investment Recipient Confirmed
The Alaska Angel Conference 2020 wrapped up on Thursday, May 21 with a live online event with 100 people in attendance. 

For the past 3 months, a new class of angel investors has heard pitches from Alaskan entrepreneurs. After careful deliberation, they made an investment decision from the five finalist companies.

The event included five final pitches and five due diligence reports and guest speakers, Governor Mike Dunleavy and Co-Founder of Namastream Jennifer Barcelos.  

Peoples' Choice Award 
Peoples' Choice Award presented by Alaska Airlines was awarded to Barati Medical who received one round-trip ticket anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.  

Learn More About the
Inspiration for Pandere


The evening wrapped up with the final announcement, where the angels made the final investment decision to invest in Pandere.  

Pandere makes expandable footwear for people who have conditions that affect the shape of their feet. Their shoes accommodate swelling, diabetes, bunion, food braces and edema that can occur during pregnancy or air travel. Their patent-pending designs are an attractive alternative to orthopedic shoes. 

The event was live and interactive, but will soon be uploaded to YouTube in case you missed the great event.

While the Alaska Angel Conference 2020 is wrapping up, stay tuned for more information on 2021!

2020 Census Reminder

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work done to advance Juneau and Southeast Alaska's economy.
Supporting JEDC impacts the long-term economic success of Alaska's Capital City while creating a business climate that bolsters your business or organization.  

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Juneau Economic Development Council

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Chancellor Rick Caulfield
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Brandon Cullum 
Jake Carpenter
Mayor Beth Weldon
Susan Murray 
Lauren MacVay
Melissa Kookesh
Alexander Kotlarov
Garrett Schoenberger
Chris Dimond
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Why do you
Choose Juneau?  

As part of the Choose Juneau initiative at JEDC, we support a  video series called Why I Choose Juneau.
Check the Why I Choose Juneau video campaign linked here.
Why do you Choose Juneau? 
Send your short video of why you choose Juneau to Robyn Mesdag and we will post selected videos!