News from the Juneau Economic Development Council  |
Monday, July 29, 2013

P2P Business Plan Competition launched in Southeast

Do you have a great business idea for Southeast? Could you use some assistance in getting it launched? Winners are awarded up to $40,000 to help make their dream a reality. 



Making the connection STEM and our economic future. 

Teaching kids about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is awesome - but what does STEM education have to do with economic development? Get a your STEM primer here. 



Why become a JEDC Investor?

JEDC relies on both public and private funding to support our work in building a prosperous future for Juneau. If your business or organization benefits from our work, please consider becoming a JEDC investor.

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STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering & Math



Spark Innovation

STEM workers play a direct role in the invention, creation and maintenance of technologies that drive economic growth and have critically needed problem solving skills. 

Develop our Workforce 

STEM education helps a local economy by increasing knowledge and skills in the talent pool. 


Attract Investment 

A community must maintain a skilled workforce to attract business and investment.


Encourage Entrepreneurship 

STEM education helps spark innovative thinking,encouraging ingenuity and entrepreneurship.


Broaden opportunites 

Of the top 20 fastest growing careers in the next decade, 15 of them will require significant science or math competencies.


Prepare our kids

80% of jobs in the next decade will require some STEM skills.  According to Georgetown University, those who major in STEM fields make more than those who don't, no matter what occupation they enter.




"Talent will be the oil of the 21st Century" 

- Deborah Wince-Smith, President of the Council on Competitiveness 



 Learn more about JEDC's STEM educational programs in Juneau and throughout Alaska at


Become a 2013 JEDC InvestorInvestor

A strong, sustainable economy requires commitment and investment. Your contribution helps us deliver meaningful results to the business community and to our residents. Thank you to those organizations who have invested in 2013!

JEDC Areas of Focus

Cluster DevelopmentDowntown Revitalization
Technology CommercializationHousing
STEM EducationAttract People and Investment
Economic Research & ReportingJuneau Seniors
Small Business Loans
Willoughby District
EntrepreneurshipKeep Juneau a great Capital City

"The Juneau Economic Development Council improves the quality of Juneau's economy...providing unquestionable benefit to our community" - Tim McLeod, President, AEL&P

JEDC relies on public as well as private funding to support our work in building a prosperous future for Juneau. 
If your business or organization benefits from our work, please consider becoming a JEDC investor.    

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of becoming a JEDC Investor.  Download the Investor Form here.
Summer Interns at JEDC
Some of Juneau's brightest minds spend their summer with JEDC.  Meet the 2013 JEDC Interns. 
Sandon Fisher

JEDC Program Intern 


Assists with research, reporting, data collection and analysis.

Spent previous three summers as an intern with the Office of Governor Parnell.

Attends Liberty University School of Law.

Pursuing career in Contract Law.

Co-captain of the undefeated, State Champion 2008 JDHS State football team.

Self-proclaimed typical Juneau guy - but we know better!







Eric Bookless
JEDC Summer Camp Intern


Develops and leads STEM camps and performs miscelaneous programming projects.

Sophomore at University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Pursuing a career in Mechanical Engineering.

JDHS 1st in class of 2012.

Fluent in French and has knowledge of basic Southern Tutchone.

Loves to surprise the staff with interesting, bubbling experiments.

STEM Summer Camp highlights
Summer learning, summer fun!    
Fly to Learn 
Ketchikan Rocketry Camp 2013
Video: Ketchikan Rocketry Camp 2013
Campers learned physics of flight, operated an X-plane flight simulator, toured the cockpit of a Boeing 737 and flew in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk.  

Advanced Rocketry in Ketchikan - sponsored by First Bank
4 girls and 6 boys applied physics and engineering to design, build, analyze and test their own rockets using state of the art CAD software, electronic altimeters and remote air-borne cameras.  Watch a launch here.

App Camp 
In our first ever App Camp, campers wrote code, designed their own smartphone app and learned how to upload their own creations to the Apple Store.  Another is planned for fall!  
GeoCaching and GPS  
Campers learned about GPS technology, hunted for caches, and heard from an ADFG biologist about the use of GPS in tracking black bear in his profession.

FIRST Robotics - sponsored by PND Engineers
36 bright minds created, programmed, and tested LEGO robots, honing their mechanical engineering and computer programming skills. Campers can go on to compete in statewide FIRST Competitions.  Learn more about the upcoming season here.
Sun to Sea
Campers explored the exciting professions of NOAA Scientists learning about coastal marine life, weather forecasting, ocean acidification, oil spills and spent a day on the water conducting experiments and viewing the ocean floor with underwater ROVs.
SeaGlide in Katsitsna Bay - sponsored by AUVSI and the US Department of Defense.
Teachers learned alongside students designing, building and operating Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) in this intense week of marine architecture, power systems, propulsion & programming. 
View the Facebook photo gallery here.  Tag your photos too!  
Thank you campers, guest instructors and camp sponsors for making our STEM camps so extraordinary.
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Camp sponsorships still available.  Contact Marie Franklin - for details

Thank you Gourmet Alaska for your support of Kitchen Chemistry camp coming in August!

JEDC Photo Gallery
Grapefruit located - at Sun to Sea
STEM Camp 2013

2013 Ketchikan Rocketry
Girls Rocket - at Ketchikan
Rocketry Camp 2013

Taku visit
JEDC Visit to local seafood processor, Taku Fisheries

2013 Seaperch
SeaGlide camp 2013 at NOAA's 
Katsitsna Bay Laboratory 
on the Kenai Peninsula

Assisted Living
Community support of Assisted Living 
for Seniors June 26th at the Nugget 
Mall Community Room

Fourteen-year-old Nardi Williams of 
Bethel solders an LED button as an 
extra project while at SeaGlide camp

The Capital City Celebrates 50!  
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Join JEDC, Southeast Conference and community members in celebrating 50 years of Alaska Marine Highway service.



If you have worked for the ferry system, moved to Alaska on the ferry or had other memorable sailing experiences come tell your story and commemorate our one of a kind Alaskan highway.


  • Food vendors 
  • Kids activities
  • Free hot dogs
  • Alaska Marine Highway documentary
  • Ferry art with the canvas
  • Employee guestbook
  • Share your stories!


Saturday August 24th  | 11 AM - 5 PM

Auke Bay Ferry Terminal



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July 18 Juneau could become a national leader in the Electric Vehicle world. Thanks PluginCars for the great article on the Renewable Energy Cluster's push for electric vehicle adoption in Juneau.


July 12Great news for The WD (Willoughby District that is). Welcome to the neighborhood True North FCU!


July 11 Did you know that when you choose Alaska seafood you're supporting the state's largest private-sector employer? That's 32% of Alaska's workforce!


June 27 | Over 125 concerned citizens, along Sen. Egan, Rep. Munoz, Rep. Kertula and Mayor Sanford turned out at the Nugget Mall last night to support efforts to expand senior housing options to Juneau.  


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JEDC in the News

Juneau Empire, July 26

Ketchikan Daily News, July 22

Juneau Empire, July 10


Juneau Empire, July 2

KTOO, June 27

Juneau Empire, June 25
JEDC Events

Events take place in the Juneau Economic Development Council's Conference Room at 612 West Willoughby unless otherwise noted.  
JEDC Board Meeting
Wednesday, August 7, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Alaska Committee 
Wednesday, August 15, 7:00 AM

Juneau Coalition on Housing & Homelessness
Thursday, August 15, 12:00 - 1:30 PM, Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority

STEM Summer Camps
Club Chem, July 29 - Aug 2
Kitchen Chemistry, August 5-9

Path to Prosperity Business Development Competition informational Webinar
Monday, August 12, Call-in information here

Saturday Thing 
starts up September 7

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Juneau Economic Development Council

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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

Loren Jones and Randy Wanamaker, CBJ Assembly Liaisons

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