Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  March 2014
Innovation Summit wrap up

The 2014 Innovation Summit was a huge success with over 260 attendees, 40 presenters and countless connections made.  Visit the Innovation Summit website  for session videos, slide presentations as well as photos of the who movers & shakers who attended.   Save the date for the next Innovation Summit - January 28-29, 2015.

Thank you lead sponsors USFS, Alaska Communications, The Rasmuson Foundation and CBJ as well as UAS, AK Litho, AIDEA, USDA Rural Development, Haa Aaní and many others for your support. View all sponsors here.
Alaska Airlines supports STEM Education in AK

We thank the Alaska Airlines Foundation for recognizing the important role of STEM Education in building Alaska's future workforce and economic health.  

The $15,000 award will help JEDC's STEM AK program continue to deliver the statewide FIRST Robotics program, which is now one of the most successful robotics education programs in the country reaching 25 school districts with over 2000 kids participating.   
FIRST Robotics Season finale in Fairbanks

Record attendance was on hand for the Alaska FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship with 36 teams and over 200 students competing. Awards were given to teams representing high schools and cities all around the state. 7 Alaska teams attended the regional competition in Sacramento. See all the results and watch the full video and link to Facebook pictures here.

We give a big round of applause to Juneau's Technical Difficulties who took home the Connect Award for best connecting their project with their community. Learn about this rockin' robotics program at the Thunder Mountain Robotics Club Open House Thursday, March 27th at TMHS at 5:00.

Save the 2014 Maritime Festival
The 5th Annual Juneau Maritime Festival is set for May 10th, 2014 but the steering committee needs your help!  This community event has not seen the volunteers or sponsor support it needs to pull of a 2014 event. JEDC and generous donors have helped make past events possible but the committee needs a significant boost in contributions and/or volunteers.

Please join the steering committee at JEDC on Wednesday March 26th at 9:00 AM to show your support for the festival - and help us pull together a 2014 event, or plan a great one for 2015!
Downtown Revitalization | Spring storefront contest
2014 Storefront Star Awards recognize businesses and building owners for their contributions to a attractive, safe & vital Downtown
Juneau.  Businesses can win cash prizes and public recognition for spiffying up their appearance by May 15th. Link to more information including eligibility boundaries, complete rules and guidelines as well as how to get some free advice on improving your storefront here.
Sponsored by: The Alaska Committee, The Downtown Business Association, CBJ, Princess Tours and Tourism Best Management Practices & JEDC. Steering Committee: Jill Ramiel, Silverbow, Corey Wall, MRV Architects, Evelyn Rousso, Northwind Architects, Laura Boyce, CBJ and Margo Waring, JEDC.
Smart science at STEM summer camp

Registration is now open for our STEM Summer Camps. Underwater Robotics, NOAA Sun to Sea, LEGO Robotics -
Programming Camps, 
Kitchen Chemistry & Girls Rock Summer Science.  Our camps are led by experienced and enthusiastic staff who want to ensure that your child's camp experience if safe, fun, and provides an opportunity to explore and learn. Find out more and register here. 
Willoughby District Meeting

We continue the discussion on the future of the Willoughby district Wednesday March 26th, 4:30 - 6:00 at Centennial Hall. There is progress happening in the district! JEDC organizes these meetings to maximize collaboration between all area stakeholders so that as development happens, we create a universally functional neighborhood that contributes to economic prosperity and enhances livability of our city.   On the Agenda: The future of the Bill Ray Center an update on Village planning, Centennial Hall remodel and more.  No RSVP needed - Join us!
Arts Cluster Meeting in Ketchikan
Tuesday, March 25 | noon - 2:00 PM
Ketchikan Arts & Humanities Council, 330 Main St.

Save the 2014 Maritime Festival Meeting
Wednesday, March 26 |9:00 AM
JEDC Conference Room

Willoughby District Development Meeting
Wednesday, March 26 | 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Centennial Hall

Thunder Mountain Robotics Club Open House
Thursday, March 27 | 5:00 PM
Thunder Mountain High School

Franklin Institute Family Workshop
Friday, March 28 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM 
Centennial Hall  more info

Girl Scouts of Alaska Women of Science w/ Girls Rock Science Expo 
Saturday, March 29 | noon - 4:00 PM 
University of Alaska Southeast  

Fisheries Development Committee
Thursday, April 3| 6:30 - 8:00 PM
JEDC Conference Room, 612 W Willoughby

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

JEDC Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 9| noon - 2:00 PM
JEDC Conference Room, 612 W. Willoughby
NEW - Cluster Meeting Calendar 
for all Cluster-wide and initiative meetings
Link here
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