News from the Juneau Economic Development Council  |
Friday, May 3, 2013

Corporate Challenge

Adults play with LEGO robots in JEDC's 4th Annual FIRST LEGO Corporate Challenge on May 24th.

Maritime means 
money for Juneau

Juneau's Maritime Festival is more than just a fun day on the waterfront. Find out why JEDC gets behind this community event.

Homeless Respite Program 

JEDC and partners deliver a homeless respite program that adds personal care and saves money.

For decades, LEGOs have inspired creative impulses in people of all ages. They occupy children for hours at a time while providing imaginative outlets for the inner child in most adults. LEGOs themselves have matured to encompass much more than the simple, interlocking pieces in most children's toy chests, and it is the current generation of electronically operated LEGO robotics that has become a rapidly growing educational, recreational and competitive craze among elementary, middle and high school students throughout Alaska. For the fourth year in a row, JEDC gives adults a shot at the fun.  


Corporate Challenge is an event of friendly competition that takes adults from the supportive sidelines of their kids' tournaments and offers them a similar challenge: form a team to design and build a LEGO MINDSTORM robot, and program it to accomplish a series of maneuvers around a common theme better than the competition.


Register soon to compete against these teams: State of Alaska DHSS, Legomaniacs, Integrity Real Estate Inspections & Alaska Robotics.





May 24th | 6:00 PM

The Baranof Hotel


Register now!



Juneau Maritime Festival and Economic Development



maritimeFor many, the Juneau Maritime Festival is a fun day on the waterfront. For the Juneau Economic Development Council and festival planning committee it's a venue to highlight our city's rich maritime history as well as the importance of this industry for our economy. It is estimated that up to one-quarter of Juneau's workforce is in a maritime-related field. Maritime fields include seafood, government, tourism, education and shipping.


The #1 private employer in Alaska: the Seafood Industry!


New to the 2013 event is an Outerwear Fashion Show featuring many great Juneau businesses selling functional and fashionable outerwear. Juneau restaurants will also get their day in the sun at the Salmon and Beer on the Pier contest, where chefs submit a salmon dish to be paired with Alaskan Amber beer and then judged by a panel of foodies. 


Always a fan favorite is the Fillet Contest, this year supported by ASMI, Taku Smokeries and Alaska Glacier Seafood Company, whose strong presence at the festival reminds us of the significance of the seafood industry to Juneau's economy. Other activities featuring our fishermen, processors and hatcheries will include fillet demonstrations, fishing vessel tours, the popular DIPAC touch tank, and new this year, Fish Tote Races on the water.


Listen to Alaska Fish Radio's broadcast on the Juneau Maritime Festival and the importance of the seafood industry to Juneau's economy. 


764 professional fishermen and crew reside in Juneau

Juneau ranks 39th of US ports in ex-vessel value of landed fish


The US Coast Guard, which boasts the largest federal workforce in Juneau, is instrumental to the Festival's success. Attendees can don a USCG survival suit, watch a team compete in the Cruise Line Tug o' War or tour a vessel. The Coast Guard Auxiliary will also be on hand teaching water safety with Kids Don't Float activities.


US Coast Guard employs 350 in Juneau


Juneau's significant maritime history and culture infuses the event. One People Canoe Society kicks off the day, the Alaska State Museum and the Alaska Marine Highway will exhibit, and a Native Artist Market sponsored by Jineít expands the Festival to Sealaska Plaza. So come out to the Festival or get involved! Support your local maritime economy and your friends and family whose livelihoods depend on the sea. 


For a complete list of activities or for more information on how to get involved, visit
Volunteers and donated silent auction items are still needed; email us at

Juneau Homeless Respite Care Program

homelessJuneau's homeless medical respite care program is the first in Alaska and is setting the tone and the model for other developing programs. The program provides short hotel stays for homeless patients in need of a safe, sanitary, and restful environment to recuperate when discharged from the hospital. Apart from the discounted hotel and transportaiton expenses, the program is based on in-kind services and interagency collaboration. Caregivers refer patients and communicate with participating partners, including taxi services, meal services, hotels, and follow-up care and monitoring. 

The Juneau Economic Development Council serves as a backbone by providing administrative services such as managing funds, paying bills, collecting data, and keeping the group connected.

Program Facts:
  • Established: 2011
  • Clients served: 30
  • Program cost per night: $86
  • Emergency room cost per night: $2,000+
  • Program partners: Glory Hole Emergency Shelter, Catholic Community Services, Hospice and Homecare of Juneau, SEARHC, Veterans Administration Clinic, Front Street Clinic, Bartlett Regional Hospital and Juneau Economic Development Council.
Sign Up for Summer Camp!

JEDC's STEM program is once again offering a rich array of summer camp opportunities for students in most grade levels in several Southeast locations. The camps are led by experienced and enthusiastic staff who want to ensure that your child's camp experience is safe, fun, and provides extraordinary hands-on opportunities to explore and learn. Click on the links below to find and register for the summer camp experiences your kids will most enjoy this summer!

Sun to Sea-Juneau                    Geocaching and GPS Camp 

Fly to Learn Ground School        App Camp 

Build Your Own Skateboard        FIRST LEGO Programming  

Advanced Rocketry                    Kitchen Chemistry 


For more information about JEDC's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs, visit
Economic Indicator:
Juneau Has Population Growth Despite Net Out-Migration

EconomicIndicatorPopulation change is a combination of natural increase (more births than deaths) and migration into or out of a community. In Juneau, natural increase has been relatively stable over the past twelve years, increasing our population by an average of 250 people per year. Migration is the cause of the swings in population change seen year to year. Overall since 2000, Juneau's population has increased by 2,179 individuals. This growth is the result of a natural increase of 2,985 people, combined with net out-migration of 806 residents over this period. 


The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has recently produced a report entitled "A History of Alaska Population Settlement," which traces the history of Alaska's population growth from First Alaskans through modern day. Southeast Alaska was the most populated region, home of almost 35% of the population of Alaska, until about 1950. The arrival of the military and the discovery of oil led to rapid in-migration to the Rail Belt. Today, about 10% of the state population lives in our region. 


Link to report here. 




JEDC Photo Gallery

Becca Parks teaches squishy circuits to
Juneau Girl Scouts at the 2013 Women
of Science.
Getting Greener! The Renewable Energy 
Cluster meets to discuss current initiatives.

Michael Pettigrew is a favorite with the
kids. This time it's Lazer Maze at
Gastineau Science Night.

Jessy Post conducts a Visitor Satisfaction 
Survey at Juneau International Airport. 
Look for results in summer.
JEDC Around Town


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April 24th  | JEDC presents "Financing Your Growing Business" at the Alaska State Library. Entrepreneurs can get an overview of current financing options available to Southeast Alaska businesses and learn how to prepare for applying for business financing.


April 25th | Juneau's Economy was the topic in Cindy Pastorino's "Exploring Business" course at JDHS. JEDC Executive Director (and JDHS alum) Brian Holst spoke with the students about commerce in the region and of JEDCs role in maintaining, expanding, and creating economic opportunities.


April 19th  | JEDC participated in the community action team meeting for Any Given Child. Thank you to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for choosing Juneau as one of your partners in expanding arts education!


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Jobs at JEDC

jobsJEDC offers a friendly and flexible workplace, a chance to be part of a dynamic and well-respected organization, along with salary commensurate with its employees' experience and background. Competitive benefits are available for qualifying positions, including health insurance, 401K retirement contributions, and paid leave and holidays.

FIRST Robotics Program Coordinator

JEDC seeks an exceptionally outgoing, organized, energetic, detail oriented, and graciously professional program officer to lead Alaska's highly successful statewide FIRST Robotics program. This position has statewide visibility, requires extensive travel, and is lots of fun.

Summer Intern Positions (2)

JEDC is seeking two summer interns: one college-level or recent high school graduate to help with Summer Science camps and other STEM education programming; and another undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate intern to assist with research and other economic development projects.

Find full job descriptions and instructions on how to apply at
JEDC in the News
Alaska Fish Radio, May 2

Huffington Post Travel, April 23
Juneau Empire, April 19

Juneau Empire, April 11

Juneau Empire, April 7

Juneau Empire, April 7
JEDC in the News
Events take place in the Juneau Economic Development Council's Conference Room at 612 West Willoughby unless otherwise noted.  

Fisheries Development Committee
Thursday, May 2, 6:30 PM

The Saturday Thing
Saturdays, May 4 and 11, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, STEM Workshop, 603 West Willoughby
Ocean Products Cluster Working Group  
Monday, May 6, 2:00 PM     

Alaska Committee
Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 AM    

Research and Development Cluster Working Group
Thursday, May 9, 1:30 PM

JEDC Board of Directors
Tuesday, May 14, 12:00 PM

Mining Services and Supply Cluster Working Group
Thursday, May 16th, 2:00 PM

Juneau Maritime Festival
Sunday, May 19, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Downtown Waterfront


FIRST LEGO League Corporate Challenge 
Friday, May 24, 6:00 PM, Baranof Hotel
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