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2013 Innovation Summit 

180 business, government and education leaders participate in JEDC's 2013 Innovation Summit to cultivate ideas and collaborate on behalf of  Southeast Alaska's economy.

JEDC at UAS Housing Forum   
JEDC's Margaret O'Neal reviews the 2012 Juneau Housing Needs Assessment and the Juneau Affordable Housing Fund for local residential contractors at a UAS forum on housing.
New R&D Cluster Working Group  
JEDC has established a new R&D working group as part of the Southeast Alaska Cluster Initiative to promote Juneau as a center for research.
2013 Innovation Summit Wrap Up
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The 2013 Innovation Summit brought together over 180 business, government and education leaders to cultivate ideas and collaborate on behalf of the Southeast Alaska economy. The two-day summit featured 37 presenters and panelists, was packed with sessions focused on key industries and challenges specific to our region, and offered a wide variety of professional development and networking opportunities.


Summit SpeakerThe Summit featured plenary sessions by Patrick Quinton, Executive Director of the Portland Development Commission, former Washington State Senator Jim Kastama (at right), and Dane Smith, Managing Director at FSG, a firm of nonprofit consultants specializing in strategy, evaluation and research, as well as a number of smaller breakout sessions. 


Working groups of the Southeast Alaska Cluster Initiative also presented their industry wins from 2012 and held working meetings to tackle 2013 initiatives. 


JEDC wishes to thank summit sponsors Haa Aaní, the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Communications, the Alaska Miners Association, Hecla Mining Company, UAS, Southeast Conference, Sealaska, Alaska Pacific Bank, the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center, CMI, Wells Fargo, Hecla Foundation, Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska, UAS School of Management, Princess Cruises, Bill and Nancy Leighty, and AEL&P for supporting innovation Innovation Summit Logoand growth in our region through their contributions to the 2013 Innovation Summit! 


Full details of the Summit and videos of many of its sessions can be seen online at

JEDC Participates in Housing Forum at UAS
housingUAS hosted a six-hour housing forum on February 27th, attended by more than 30  local residential contractors. At the forum, JEDC's Margaret O'Neal provided an overview of the 2012 Juneau Housing Needs Assessment, as well as program details for the Juneau Affordable Housing Fund. The forum was organized by the CBJ Community Development Department and was planned in response to initiatives by JEDC,  local builders, the Affordable Housing Commission and the CBJ Assembly to encourage the development of more affordable housing.
R&D Cluster Promotes Juneau as Center for Research 
One of the top ten priorities of the CBJ Assembly and one of JEDC's strategic objectives is to promote and develop Juneau and our region as a center for research. Jobs in research tend to pay high wages and have a positive impact on our community. A strong research presence also stimulates innovation in Southeast Alaska's key industries of seafood, mining, forestry, tourism and government. Juneau's geography provides a climate and natural environment for researchers to deepen our understanding of complex issues in resource development, environmental protection and climate change.


In 2012, JEDC facilitated two scoping meetings to gauge interest in aligning research interests among federal and state laboratories, the University of Alaska and private industry in Southeast Alaska. In January 2013 JEDC convened a steering committee composed of representatives from the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station, UAF's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, the UAS School of Arts and Sciences, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center to move a framework of research collaboration forward. The committee subscribed to JEDC's Cluster Working Group model of collaboration as a platform for developing specific action initiatives to align research interests.


The first meeting of the R&D Cluster Working Group was subsequently held on February 21st to identify areas of opportunity for collaboration, cooperation and expansion of research capability. Eight focus areas were identified and volunteers are now developing actionable initiatives to recommend at the group's next meeting. 


Read more about the R&D Cluster Working Group at

The 2013 Maritime Festival Seeks Your Participation!
2014 Maritime Festival
The Juneau Maritime Festival is an annual event that is fueled by community volunteers and local sponsors. Join the planning committee, participate as as a vendor, provide a maritime-related activity or showcase your organization as a sponsor or exhibitor.  Contact Jessy Post at, 523-2335, for more information or to get involved. Take a peek at this year's festivities at
Take the Mining Cluster's Survey!
In an effort to address some of the needs of Southeast Alaska's mining industry, the Mining Services and Supply Cluster Working Group of JEDC's Southeast Cluster Initiative is conducting a survey that will help to guide the Cluster's promotion of skilled trades and vocational fields and its development of more suitable ind  ustrial land. Click here to take the survey, and visit the Mining Cluster online for more information.
Economic Indicator: 
The Importance of Visitors to the Southeast Economy

Juneau's economy is far more dependent on tourism than any other region of the state. In Southeast Alaska, visitor industry employment accounts for nearly a quarter of all jobs (10,200 full and part-time jobs, including both direct and indirectly induced) and represents 15% of all labor income, according to a recent study released by the McDowell Group.* While half of all visitor-industry employment occurs in Southcentral Alaska (18,900 jobs), this represents only 7% of total employment and 4% of total labor income in that much larger economy. At 7,000 jobs, the interior region comes closest to Southeast in visitor industry employment, but here, too, this is only 11% if total jobs in that region.


The majority of Southeast visitors arrive by cruise ship. However, between 2008-09, the last time impacts were evaluated, and 2011-12, the composition of visitors to Alaska changed, with cruise volume dropping by 14 percent while air visitor volume increased by 14 percent. The drop in cruise passenger visits resulted in an employment decline in Southeast Alaska by approximately 400 jobs (a decline of 4%), while Southcentral added 1,300 jobs (a 7% increase) and the interior added 800 jobs (a 13% increase) largely because of the increase in the air visitor market.


Visitor Chart
Source: Economic Impact of Alaska's Visitor Industry 2011-2012,
Prepared by the McDowell Group for ADCC&ED, February 2013

Click here to view the full report.

*Economic Impact of Alaska's Visitor Industry 2011-2012, February 2013. 
JEDC in the News

KTVA Channel 11 News, March 8 


Alaska Journal of Commerce, March 3


Juneau Empire, February 26  


CoastAlaska Public Radio, February 20


Juneau Empire, February 12


Innovation Summit Draws Southeast Industry 

Juneau Empire, February 11 

Mark Your Calendar

The following events take place in the JEDC Conference Room at 612 West Willoughby Avenue in downtown Juneau unless otherwise noted.Calendar

The Saturday Thing  Saturday, March 16, 9:30 AM
JEDC STEM Office, 603 West Willoughby Avenue

Juneau Homeless Coalition Tuesday, March 19, 11:30 AM

R&D Cluster STEM Initiative Team  Thursday, March 21, 1:00 PM

Visitor Products Cluster Monthly Meeting Thursday, March 21, 3:00 PM

2013 Maritime Festival Planning Meeting  Friday, March 22, 8:00 AM

Downtown Revitalization Circulator Meeting  Friday, March 22, 4:30 PM

The Saturday Thing After Dark  Thursday March 28th, 5:00 PM
JEDC STEM Office, 603 West Willoughby Avenue

Fisheries Development Committee Meeting  Monday, April 1, 6:30 PM

JEDC Board of Directors Meeting  Wednesday, April 3, 12:00-2:00 PM

Alaska Committee Meeting  Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 AM
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