February 6, 2012
In This Issue...
Innovation Summit
2013 Project Homeless Connect Results
2012 Housing Needs Assessment
Hoonah Hosts FTC Qualifier
Public Meetings for Tongass Review
UAS Holds Job Fair
JEDC in the News
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JEDC invites you to the 2013 Innovation Summit, February 11-12 at Centennial Hall in Juneau. The Summit agenda is filled with thought-provoking presentations and collaborative sessions designed for anyone interested in innovative ideas for economic success in Southeast Alaska.

Speakers include Patrick Quinton of the Portland Development Commission, former Washington State Senator Jim Kastama, and a panel of Alaskan business leaders, all sharing the ways in which growth and innovation have been sparked in their regions and companies. 

Concluding the Summit, join a lively discussion about industry priorities with Senators Dennis Egan and Alan Austerman, Representatives Cathy Munoz and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, and with U.S. Senator Mark Begich participating via videoconference.

Also presenting at the Summit are Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, Dane Smith of and Anand Vadapalli, CEO of Alaska Communications.

Register online or learn more about this unprecedented opportunity to connect with others, forge new ideas and gain inspiration for your business or organization at
200 Were Assisted at 4th Annual Project Homeless Connect

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Held on January 28, Project Homeless Connect and the annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count offered a warm, safe environment from the frigid winter weather while assisting more than 200 people experiencing homelessness. Participants were surveyed and received direct services and information--steps to overcoming barriers that often stand in the way of housing and other necessities. Participants were also treated to a hot meal and walked away with a variety of donated items to help them through the winter months.


While thirteen more people were served this year than last, a preliminary review of data shows that demographics, characteristics, and reasons for homelessness in our communiPHC Registrationty are similar to past Project Homeless Connect events.


A special thank you to the 59 volunteers, 34 service providers, and 22 health care organizations that participated this year. We live in a compassionate and supportive community!


Some highlights from the event: 
  • St. Vincent de Paul assisted 165 participants with housing, food, and clothing vouchers
  • 60 participants signed up for their Permanent Fund Dividend
  • Front Street Clinic provided 120 medical and dental consultations  
A full report from 2013 Project Homeless Connect will be available online at
Maritime Festival 2013 Juneau Maritime Festival

JEDC announces Sunday, May 19 as the date for the 2013 Juneau Maritime Festival, the day we celebrate and showcase the significance of Juneau's maritime history, culture, and commerce. This year's festival reunites key members of the maritime industry, local businesses, regulatory and research agencies, and the community of Juneau.


The Festival is a wonderful opportunity to highlight your business, organization, or vessel! View the 2012 event online at (soon to be updated for 2013), or contact Jessy Post at, 523-2335, to obtain more information or get involved in the 2013 Juneau Maritime Festival.

Hoonah Hosts FIRST Tech Challenge Southeast Qualifier

For the first time, Hoonah will be hosting the FIRST Tech Challenge Southeast Qualifier on February 7 and 8 for students in grades 9-12. FIRST offers accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people from the time they start school through high school graduation with opportunities for learning both inside and outside of the classroom.


For more information about FIRST in Alaska, log on to or contact Becca Parks at 523-2334,

Public Meetings for Tongass 5-Year Review

The U.S. Forest Service will be holding public meetings for the 5-Year Review of the 2008 Tongass National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. To view the meeting schedule and obtain more information about the Review Project, visit the Forest Plan 5-Year Review Project online.
UAS UAS Holds Job Fair

Are you looking for some new talent to fill current and soon-to-be-open positions? Come meet UAS graduates and current students during UAS's Job Fair on Wednesday, February 20th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Students are looking for seasonal, part-time, and full-time positions and would value a chance to talk with you personally about opportunities with your company. Over 40 employers are already scheduled to attend, and there is room for more. If you would like to participate, please contact Deborah Rydman, UAS Career Services Advisor, at 796-6368,, by Monday, February 11th.  Hope to see you there!
JEDC in the News

Project Homeless Connect draws hundreds in need of assistance
Juneau Empire, January 29

Senators hear from JEDC on Alaska FIRST
Juneau Empire, January 23

JEDC hosts 2013 Innovation Summit
Capital City Weekly, January 16

Housing prices jumped $40K in two years
Juneau Empire, January 14

Housing 101 for ad hoc committee
Juneau Empire, January 9
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JEDC Events and Activities

  • The Saturday Thing
    Saturdays, February 9, 16 and 23, 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM * JEDC STEM Office, 603 West Willoughby Avenue
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Southwest Qualifier
    Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM * Bethel
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Southeast Qualifier
    Friday, February 8, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM * Hoonah
  • Innovation Summit
    Monday, February 11, 3:00-8:00 PM; Tuesday, February 12, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM * Centennial Hall
  • Affordable Housing Commission Meeting 
    Tuesday, February 12, 5:15-7:00 PM * Downtown Public Library
  • Alaska Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, February 13, 7:00-9:00 AM * JEDC Conference Room
  • Maritime Festival Meeting
    Thursday, February 14, time * JEDC Conference Room
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Anchorage Qualifier
    Friday, February 15, time * Anchorage
  • FIRST Tech Challenge Fairbanks Qualifier  
    Friday-Saturday, February 15 and 16 * Wood Center, UAF 
  • Juneau Homeless Coalition Meeting
    Thursday, February 21, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM *
    Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority, 5446 Jenkins Drive
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Brian Holst
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Juneau Economic Development Council