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Summer Camp Sign-Up

Build apps and skateboards, learn rocketry or kitchen science, and much more in JEDC's 11 summer science camps!

Get involved in the Festival!  

Register today to exhibit, host an activity, entertain or volunteer in the 2013 Juneau Maritime Festival on Sunday, May 19th!

Downtown Revitalization 
There's been a lot of buzz about downtown Juneau and we'd like to update you on the work JEDC and partners are doing to revitalize!

Rocketry Camp JEDC will host a eleven summer science camps in 2013 in three Southeast Alaska communities. Our camps for kids of all ages are led by experienced and enthusiastic staff who aim to provide your child with a camp experience that is safe, fun, and full of hands-on learning and exploration! Descriptions of the following camps and their respective registration details can be viewed online at
  • Fly to Learn Ground School, Juneau (grades 7-9) -- June 10-14
  • App Camp, Juneau (grades 7-12) -- June 17-21
  • Geocaching and GPS Camp, Juneau (grades 6-8) -- June 17-19
  • Advanced Rocketry Camp, Sitka (grades 7-9) -- June 24-28 
  • Sun to Sea, Juneau (grades 7-8) -- July 8-12
  • Beginner FIRST Robotics Programming, Juneau (ages 9-14) -- July 8-12
  • Advanced FIRST Robotics Programming, Juneau (ages 9-14) -- July 8-12
  • Advanced Rocketry Camp, Ketchikan (grades 7-9) -- July 8-12
  • Girls-only Build Your Own Skateboard, Juneau (grades 7-10) -- July 22-26
  • Boys-only Build Your Own Skateboard, Juneau (grades 7-10) -- July 29-Aug 2 
  • Kitchen Chemistry, Juneau (grades 4-6) -- August 5-9 
A downloadable Summer Camp flyer is available here.

2013 JMFRegister now to exhibit, host an activity, entertain or volunteer in the 2013 Juneau Maritime Festival held Sunday, May 19th from 11 AM to 5 PM.


This annual festival at summer's start celebrates Juneau's maritime history, culture and commerce with a mix of fun and education, delicious booths, displays, activities and entertainment for all ages. JEDC expects over 2,000 attendees with more than 100 activities and exhibits for sea lovers of all types.  


This all-fun, all-community event is fueled by volunteers and local businesses and organizations. Register now as an exhibitor, contact us if you are available to volunteer or entertain, and scope out the website for more information about the 4th Annual Juneau Maritime Festival.
JEDC responded to citizen concerns about downtown Juneau's declining popularity by rallying stakeholders and residents to set clear goals and develop action plans. Working toward a central vision that Juneau Borough residents utilize the downtown area as the primary year-round hub for living, leisure, government and business, the group set three specific action initiatives on which to focus:
  1. Increase Amount of Downtown Housing
  2. Improve Downtown Streetscape
  3. Develop a Downtown Circulator

JEDC facilitates meetings for these groups, connects with CBJ officials on concerns, brings insight and education to the process, and makes resources available to the group and the community. Visit our website for more in-depth information about Juneau's downtown revitalization, download a synopsis of revitalization history, or read the recent three-part Juneau Empire article on the Willoughby District. 


To get involved with the downtown revitalization effort, please contact JEDC!

Choose JuneauChoose Juneau was developed to serve as a one-stop resource to all information in the city pertaining to its livability, from education and recreation to business plans and current economic data.  


Not only is Choose Juneau looking to attract new businesses and skilled workers to the area, but it also aims to provide reliable resources for current residents who are considering investing, opening businesses, raising families or retiring here. 

Hop over to the website and see how Choose Juneau can serve you. "Like" the Choose Juneau Facebook page, celebrating all things fabulous about living here and provides updates on research and resources. This is your resource - feedback and suggestions appreciated!

JEDC's STEM team has been busy educating and facilitating all around Alaska. In March, CryoConn wrapped up at Chena Hot Springs and the FIRST Robotics Championship was held at UAS.  Back in Juneau we were visiting elementary schools, tinkering with adults and honoring great science minds. 

CRYOCONN 2013 - JEDC's Mary Hakala (waving in white) 

leads Alaskan teachers in three days of professional
development workshops with world-class scientists

Senator Begich visits Auke   Bay Elementary to view 
student STEM project

FIRST ROBOTICS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - JEDC's STEM    AK team coordinates the statewide championship, held this
year at UAA, where two teams qualified to compete at the 
FIRST World Championship

NIGHT - JEDC's Michael 
Pettigrew teaches reflection
and refraction.

Nerd Night - Sally Smith learns the basics of soldering at 
learners, held monthly at the STEM workshop

REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR - The JEDC team judged and presented two awards

The world premier of JEDC's video on our statewide FIRST Lego League robotics program,  starring our very own Becca Parks with some amazing science kids. Watch and share!
First Lego League Alaska
First Lego League Alaska

Juneau Breastfeeding Alliance Public awards will be given at the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Family Friendly Business Awards Ceremony to businesses that offer workplace lactation support programs as part of their family friendly business practices. Your business could be the first in Juneau to receive the new Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award! Check your eligibility for nomination by clicking here to take a five-question survey (or copy the link into the address bar of your browser). 


Research has shown that businesses can enjoy the following benefits upon implementing a Workplace Lactation Support Program:

  • Lower health care and insurance costs
  • Increased retention of experienced employees and company loyalty
  • Reduction of sick days taken by either parent to care for sick children
The Juneau Breastfeeding Alliance (JBA) has a Workplace Breastfeeding Consultant who works with employers to start workplace lactation support programs free of charge. Visit for more information, or contact the JBA consultant at 907-500-8871.

A total of 368 mortgage loans were originated in Juneau in 2012, according to data released by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) in the Alaska Housing Market Indicators report for fourth quarter 2012. Looking back over the past five year trend, however, shows that Juneau is continuing to have flat loan activity despite small year to year fluctuations. The data is based on a survey of mortgage lenders in Alaska, and includes AHFC loans.


In 2012, single-family loan activity accounted for 85% of total loan volume, and condominium activity accounted for 15%. The average loan amount for single-family homes was $312,001 while the average sales price was $339,326, indicating an average 8% down payment. For condominiums, the average loan amount was $176,434 with an average sales price of $202,241, indicating an average down payment of 13%.

New Loans


Visit the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation online for this report and other information.
NewspaperPart III: Does the Willoughby District hold the key to affordable housing?
Juneau Empire, March 26

Part II: What changes are coming to the Willoughby District?
Juneau Empire, March 25

Part I: Big plans ahead for Juneau's most neglected district
Juneau Empire, March 24

Sandy Parnell among Juneau residents to testify on state budget
Juneau Empire, March 23

You're going to need almost three minimum wage jobs to rent in Alaska
KTOO News, March 19

CARES students combine science and art for final project
Juneau Empire, March 14 
Events take place in the Juneau Economic Development Council's Conference Room at 612 West Willoughby unless otherwise noted. 

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

Juneau Maritime Festival Planning Committee
Thursday, April 4, 11:00-12:00 PM

Alaska Committee
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00-9:00 AM     

Biomass Demand Development Initiative - Logistics & Transportation

Tuesday, April 16, 1:30 PM, Prospector Hotel     

Renewable Energy Cluster Working Group Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 1:30 PM, Centennial Hall, Hickel Room

The Saturday Thing
Saturdays, April 20 & 27, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, STEM Workshop, 603 West Willoughby

FIRST Lego League Corporate Challenge
Friday, May 24, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Baranof Hotel
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JEDC Board of Directors

Kurt Fredriksson, Chair

John Pugh, Vice Chair

Kevin Ritchie, Treasurer

Beverly Schoonover, Secretary

Mayor Merrill Sanford

Corey Baxter

Greg Fisk

Dru Garson

Lauren MacVay

Jill Ramiel

Tony Yorba

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