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December 2013

Robot Jamboree in Juneau this weekend
Join us at Centennial Hall on Saturday to watch Southeast's youth compete for a spot in the state FIRST LEGO League Championship
Register for the 2014 Innovation Summit January 29-30

A packed agenda, inspiring speakers, collaboration & extraordinary connections. You won't want to miss it.

Indicator of the month: Health care costs in the Capital City

Juneau health care costs rank highest in survey amongst 306 communities


Southeast's STEM skills in action!



Nineteen teams from five southeast communities compete for a spot in Alaska's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) championship. Kids show their programming, engineering and math skills by building autonomous robots using LEGO® Mindstorms® to perform specific missions.


All FLL Challenges are based on a real-world topic that is universally relevant. In this year's challenge, Nature's Fury, kids will explore the topic of natural disasters - solving problems that occur when intense natural events affect the places people live, work and play. 


FIRST LEGO League Robot Jamboree

Centennial Hall  

Saturday, December 14

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

watch teams compete, 12:45 - 2:00 PM



A knockout agenda for the 2014 Innovation Summit 
Register now for 2014 Innovation Summit where leaders in business, nonprofit & education join to share strategies to strengthen our regional economy. This award winning conference features inspiring speakers, in-depth panel discussions, educational sessions and outstanding opportunities to network across sectors and industries.  



January 29-30, 2014


Indicator of the Month: Health Care Costs


Juneau Health Care Costs Rank Highest in Survey of 306 Communities


In the third quarter 2013 survey of living costs for 306 communities across the nation, Juneau has again ranked the highest in health care costs, almost 50% above the average of all communities.


The Health Care Index is one component of the Council for Community and Economic Research's Cost of Living Index(COLI).This index provides a measure of living cost differences among participating urban areas. The question the Cost of Living Index is designed to answer is: How do urban areas compare in the cost of maintaining a standard of living appropriate for moderately affluent professional and managerial households? The participating communities collect and report the price of 62 items, grouped into six spending categories: Groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services. The Health Care Index is based on pricing five items: Optometrist visit, doctor visit, dentist visit, and a prescription and non-prescription medication.


The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for all participating places equals 100, and each participant's index is read as a percentage of the average for all places. The higher the index, the higher the costs are in a community. According to the index, Juneau's composite Health Care Index is 148.5%; Juneau's costs are 48.5% above the average of all the participating communities. Four Alaska communities participate in the COLI survey in addition to Juneau: Anchorage, Fairbanks and Kodiak. They consistently follow close behind Juneau in health care cost ranking. Everett, WA rounds out the five top scoring communities.



Source: Council for Community and Economic Research, COLI national cost of living index, Q3 2013


COLI release highlights for third quarter, 2013 can be found at:

Working together for a shared vision in the Willoughby

JEDC held it's second quarterly meeting of Willoughby District Stakeholders on December 5th at the JACC.  The Department of Transportation updated neighborhood businesses, landowners and residents on the future plans for Egan Drive, CBJ reviewed their vision for the area, The Mental Health Trust Authority presented a history of the trust and future plans for their land and the SLAM folks added some interesting tidbits on their massive construction efforts and addressed safety concerns that have arisen.

Thank you as well to our neighbors for updates on your projects - Sealaska Heritage Institute, Willoughby Arts Complex, True North FCU, Heritage Coffee Roasting Co., Northwind Architects on the district heating initiative and MRV Achitects for a preview of the upcoming storefront improvement competition. 

New - Friday STEM Workshops

Kids 8 and up can join Bernadette Fridays for the new Friday Workshops. Activities change every few weeks. December is Sew Electric where kids combine the art of sewing with embedded electronics. 
Join us and explore the engineering and design behind making your own light up stuffed toy.  Great for gifts! 
$15 suggested donation upon registration.  Learn more and register here.

Friday STEM Workshop
4:30 - 6:00 PM
STEM Workshop, Foodland Shopping Center
STEM Education Photo Gallery
Bernadette Rosano teaches Sew Electric at the new STEM Friday Workshops.
The Bethel, AK team competes in the FIRST Lego League Virtual Qualifier made possible by GCI.  JEDC's STEM AK run this statewide program that includes our rural communities.  
Bernadette welcomes new JEDC VISTA volunteer Max Alpert by measuring his strength in newtons.  What a welcome! 


Robot Jamboree
Saturday, December 14 | 8:00 - 5:00 PM
Centennial Hall

Fridays 4:30 - 6:00 PM
JEDC's STEM Workshop, Foodland Shopping Center

Saturdays starting again December 21 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
JEDC's STEM Workshop, Foodland Shopping Center

JEDC Board Meeting
Friday, January 3 | noon - 2:00 PM
JEDC Conference Room, 612 W. Willoughby

Alaska Committee Meeting
Wednesday, January 8 | 7:00 - 9:00 AM
JEDC Conference Room, 612 W. Willoughby

Ocean Products Cluster Meeting 
Thursday, January 8 | 9:00 - 11:00 AM 
JEDC Conference Room, 612 W. Willoughby
Teleconference available
Fisheries Development Committee
Thursday, January 9 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM
JEDC Conference Room, 612 W Willoughby
Teachers STEM Workshop
Thursday, January 18 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
University of Alaska Southeast


Innovation Summit
January 29-30, 2014
Centennial Hall
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