Upcoming Weekly Business Presentations

Alaska Miners Association Guest Panel

May 17: The New Arctic
Dr. Mike Sfraga, Polar Institute & US Arctic Research Commission

May 24: More Information Coming Soon!
Commissioner Sande, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

May 31: No Meeting

Mark Billingsley, Alaska Interior Business Accelerator

Interested in sponsoring a presentation? It's only $250 and benefits can be found HERE.
Email Jessica if you're interested!

The Fairbanks Chamber opposes the suspension of the motor fuels tax as proposed in House Bill 104 because funding collected via that tax specifically helps to ensure ongoing maintenance and operations activities needed to support commerce on Alaska’s road systems.
Calling Small Business Owners:

Apply for the Dream Big Awards! The awards celebrate the success of small businesses and honors their contribution to the growth and diversity of the U.S. economy. The awards recognize small businesses that exemplify innovation, entrepreneurship, and individual initiative. A small business may apply for up to two of the eight award categories, and every business that applies will be considered for the 2022 Dream Big Small Business of the Year, a $25,00 cash prize!

To be eligible for the Dream Big Awards, a small business must be a for-profit business operating primarily within the United States with less than 250 employees, or have gross revenues of less than $20 million in 2020 and 2021.

Apply by July 8th.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) and their consulting team are hosting an open house to kick-off the FNSB Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) on May 14, 2022, at the JP Jones Center (2400 Rickert St, Fairbanks, AK 99701). The open house will be an opportunity to learn about the project, provide input, and engage with members of the planning team. Additionally, climate-focused organizations and scientists will be on hand to provide information about current climate science, opportunities for making your home more energy efficient, and ways to get involved in broader grassroots climate action efforts.
Education & Workforce Development

The committee met on Monday, May 2, for an official meeting. There were two presenters: Barbara Haney with Rep. Mike Prax’s office, who gave a presentation on the Alaska Reads Act, SB 111, and Beki Toussaint with Alaska Resource Education, who gave a presentation on their current and upcoming workforce development programs. The committee talked about Positive Picketing coming up on May 13 and 19. They will be presenting their positioning letter to the Government Relations Committee on May 24, with the intent to present the letter for vote to the GFCC Board of Directors on June 6. 
The next meeting for the committee is May 16, which is a worksession. Their next official meeting was moved from May 30 to June 6, where they will get an update from Ruby Oatman on AGC’s We Build Alaska.
Government Relations

The committee canceled their meeting this week (May 3), as well as this coming Tuesday (May 10). They will pick back up on May 17. That meeting will feature reviews of Blueprint Alaska’s proposed fiscal education campaign and political forum schedule. From the previous meeting, the committee drafted a letter supporting the group Defend our Constitution Coalition.
Energy, Environment & Natural Resources

The committee last met on April 27 and their next meeting is on May 11, where they will receive an update from their meeting with Dept. of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune.
Military Affairs

This committee met on 4/8 and received an update on Housing; they are scheduled to meet next on May 13. Also, the sub‐committees for the military appreciation banquet have started to meet. Please let Jessica know if you can help on the ticket sales sub‐committee, and PLEASE consider buying your tickets today!
Transportation & Infrastructure

The committee met on May 5 and received a presentation from Mariyam Medovaya with the Alaska Trails Initiative. Medovaya gave an update on the Alaska Long Trail, funding and how the Chamber can support. The committee voted on writing a letter of support of the trail to the Governor, which Chair Melissa Osborn is drafting. The committee’s next meeting is May 12, where they will receive a general update on the Alaska Railroad by Bill O’Leary.
Upcoming Committee Meetings

May 10, 9:00-10:00 AM | Government Relations
Cancelled

May 11, 7:30-8:30 AM | Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Commissioner Jason Brune, Department of Environmental Conservation

May 12, 7:00-8:00 AM | Transportation & Infrastructure
Update on Alaska Railroad
Bill O'Leary, Alaska Railroad

May 13, 9:00-10:00 AM | Military Affairs

May 16, 10:45-11:45 AM | Education & Workforce Development
Work Session

May 17: 9:00-10:00 AM | Government Relations

May 19, 7:00-8:00 AM | Transportation & Infrastructure

Contact us with any questions about our advocacy committees.
The Fairbanks Chamber tracks bills moving through the Alaska Legislature which may impact the business climate in the greater Fairbanks area. The presence of a bill on this list indicates only that we are monitoring its progress. Official stances of the Fairbanks Chamber can be found on the Advocacy Agenda and Advocacy Actions pages.

Any member of the Fairbanks Chamber may bring bills to our attention to be added to this list. They will be reviewed by the relevant committee.
Education & Workforce Development

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (February 28, 2022)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Gary Stevens (R)
Summary: An Act relating to teaching certificates for teachers holding out-of-state certificates. 

Scheduled Hearing: 
Date: May 11, 2022
Time: 9:00am (AKDT)
Energy, Environment & Natural Resources

Summary: An Act establishing the Alaska energy independence program and the Alaska energy independence fund in the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority; and providing for an effective date. 

Date: May 11, 2022
Time: 9:00am (AKDT)


Last Action: REFERRED TO LABOR & COMMERCE (April 29, 2022)
Primary Sponsor: HOUSE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act relating to the establishment of a renewable portfolio standard for regulated electric utilities; and providing for an effective date. 

Scheduled Hearing: 
Date: May 9, 2022
Time: 3:15pm (AKDT)


Last Action: REFERRED TO RESOURCES (May 5, 2022)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act relating to nuclear facility siting permits; and relating to microreactors

Scheduled Hearings: 
Date: May 9, 2022
Time: 1:00pm (AKDT)

Date: May 11, 2022
Time: 1:00pm (AKDT)
Government Relations

Summary: An Act establishing the office of broadband; creating the broadband parity adjustment fund; establishing the Statewide Broadband Advisory Board; and providing for an effective date. 

Date: May 9, 2022
Time: 1:30pm (AKDT)


Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (February 28, 2022)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Gary Stevens (R)
Summary: An Act relating to teaching certificates for teachers holding out-of-state certificates. 

Scheduled Hearing: 
Date: May 11, 2022
Time: 9:00am (AKDT)
Military Affairs

No scheduled hearings. Check back next week!
Transportation & Infrastructure

Summary: An Act relating to the refined fuel surcharge; suspending the tax on motor fuel; and providing for an effective date. 

Date: May 10, 2022
Time: 1:30pm (AKDT)
Visit the Legislative Tracking page of our website for all 2021/2022 tracked bills and their most up to date content.