Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  November 2017
Make a Difference: Join the JEDC Board of Directors 

The JEDC Board has one Board seat available for an individual that represents a non-profit environmental organization. This appointment is for approximately three years starting on/about January 2018. 

Interested parties should complete an application A ND a letter of interest directed to the JEDC Board of Directors that briefly describes your qualifications and/or interest in serving on the JEDC Board of Directors. If interested in the appointment to the Organized Labor seat, you should also indicate that in your letter.  Please direct questions to JEDC Executive Director, Brian Holst or call 523-2333 for more information.
Applicants will also need to complete an application form with a brief letter of qualifications. Applications can be sent to the City Clerk or to JEDC.  More information can be found here. 
Deadline for applying is TOMORROW, Friday, December 1. Interested candidates should plan on participating in interviews with current members of the JEDC Board on Wednesday, December 6 between 12:30 and 2PM. 
Call for Presenters for the 2018 Innovation Summit

In anticipation of the 7 th annual Innovation Summit taking place February 21-22, 2018 we have opened the first round call for presenters for our Innovation Shorts and Pitch Contest components. 

We are looking for up to 30 presenters to showcase original topics through a 10-minute "Innovation Short."  If you're an entrepreneur, researcher, investor, technology expert or company executive with expertise in an innovative or disruptive idea or technology, we'd love to hear from you. Share your innovation success stories, big ideas and latest research and provide audience members with the latest thinking. Our goal is to provide timely, useful, and inspirational sessions that will help Innovation Summit participants move their organizations forward.

We are also seeking 5 Alaska entrepreneurs/innovators for the  Pitch Contest  to present their vision in front of the ultimate panel: Innovation Summit attendees. Entrepreneurs will have five minutes to pitch their business concept in front of summit attendees and a panel of seasoned business owners and investors. Attendees will crowdfund a cash prize for the winner(s) to take home at the end of the session. Presenters gain experience speaking publicly on their topic while growing their network and creating buzz around their business. More information can be found  here  and the application can be downloaded  here .

Proposal requirements:
  • Presentation Title
  • A written summary of your presentation 
  • Biography of the speaker(s)
To apply, please fill out an application which can be found here and send back to dherndon@jedc.org.
We will be accepting submissions until Monday, January 15, 2018.
Seeking Nominations for the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame 

The Alaska State Committee for Research (SCoR) created the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame in 2014 to celebrate and honor outstanding individuals who put Alaska on the map as leaders in innovation and to contribute to Alaska's growing culture of innovation.
SCoR invites interested persons to nominate outstanding innovators to be inducted into the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame. Nominees who are selected by SCoR will be members of the 2018 class and will be inducted at the Innovation Summit held in Juneau on February 21-22, 2018. Nominations must be submitted no later than January 5, 2018. Nominees must have been an Alaska resident for at least one year, or have made a significant demonstration of the innovation's links to Alaska or have conducted research work in Alaska.
For more information, please visit the SCoR website  here
Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

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Junior Achievement is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA is a program where volunteers go into classrooms and use the JA curriculum to teach students about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and/or financial literacy. The curriculum emphasizes things such as staying in school, teamwork in the workplace, and critical thinking. If you are a teacher interested in having a JA program in your classroom in the spring, or a volunteer interested in facilitating a JA class, please contact Robyn at JEDC.
JEDC Participates in Anchorage Startup Weekend
Photo Credit: Anchorage Startup Weekend team

This year, the JEDC had two staff members attend Startup Weekends around the state, the most recently being Anchorage Startup Weekend.  The JEDC is excited and committed to organizing a Startup Weekend in Juneau this spring.  
Rest in Peace Bob Vieth

We are very sad to share news of the passing of Bob Vieth. During his time as a STEM Specialist at JEDC, Bob's infectious desire to learn and experiment directly impacted hundreds of students and teachers in Alaska and indirectly affected thousands more. He was known locally for starting "The Saturday Thing" when he opened JEDC's doors each Saturday morning to anyone in town that wanted to come in and tinker. Bob collaborated with Navy scientists to develop the now nationally known SeaGlide program where students build and program autonomous underwater vehicles. His Kitchen Chemistry camp was always fast to sell out and was a great combination of two of Bob's loves - science and food. 
His obituary suggests that In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The MIT Edgerton Center Fund # 2079600 (https://giving.mit.edu/edgerton-center-fund), or Cub Scout Pack 47, c/o South United Methodist Church, 1226 Main Street Manchester, CT 06040 - in Memory of Bob Vieth. If you  would prefer to give locally in Bob's memory, we suggest supporting our local boy scout troops or the Juneau Makerspace.  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hartfordcourant/obituary.aspx?pid=186656411
Economic Indicator: JEDC's Renewable Energy Cluster Working Group Promotes Electric Vehicle Use in Juneau 

Since 2013, JEDC has been involved in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Juneau through its Renewable Energy Cluster Working Group. In that year, JEDC in partnership with the Juneau Community Foundation, applied for and received a grant from the Funder's Network to install EV charging stations, promote EVs and provide servicing support. The grant brought $25,000 in funding to the region which was matched by more than $25,000 in funds from local businesses (Juneau Hydropower, Stanley Ford, IBEW, AELP, The Leighty Foundation), the Juneau Community Foundation, and in-kind labor donations by JEDC and CBJ. It accomplished the following:
  • Jump-started EV charging infrastructure with the purchase and installation of fourteen electric vehicle charging ports. Today there are 12 stations with a total of 17 ports in Juneau.
  • Increased EVs in Juneau from less than 5 to more than 20 in the first year of the grant. This number is around 180 as of October of this year. In addition to 165 Nissan Leafs, there are seven Teslas and a few Ford Focus and other EVs in Juneau. Even though less than 1% of the total number of passenger vehicles in Juneau are powered by electricity, their aggregate fuel savings is around $200,000 per year. 
In 2016, JEDC helped establish an electric vehicle club, the Juneau Electric Vehicle Association, now affiliated with the national Electric Auto Association. For more information, visit https://juneauev.org/

Investor Spotlight: BP

BP opened its first office in Alaska in 1959, and for more than four decades has led the oil and gas industry that drives economic growth in Alaska. BP operates nine North Slope oilfields in the Greater Prudhoe Bay area and owns significant interests in six producing fields operated by others. BP also owns significant non-operating interests in the Point Thomson development project, the Liberty prospect, and in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). Key aspects of BP's business strategy in Alaska are the safe, reliable and efficient development of the significant undeveloped light oil, viscous and heavy oil, and natural gas resources within the existing North Slope fields.

"BP Alaska is focused on creating jobs for Alaskans and continuing to invest in the future of this great state. We are pleased to support the work of the Juneau Economic Development Council, helping to grow and sustain economic opportunity across Southeast Alaska."

Tamera Lienhart
Director of Community & Public Affairs
BP Exploration Alaska Inc
Become a 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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