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Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  November 26, 2014
Willoughby District Stakeholder Meeting, December 4th @ 4:30PM

JEDC is hosting a quarterly Willoughby District Stakeholder Meeting on December 4th at KTOO's @360 room at 360 Egan Drive in Juneau at 4:30PM. The guest speakers include Deven Mitchell, State Investment Officer with the Department of Revenue. Mr. Mitchell will be giving a presentation on Tax Increment Finance, a development finance tool available in Alaska that is seldom considered.  Also, we will hear updates on the SLAM Project, discuss Willoughby Parking solutions, and downtown development plans.  These meetings are targeted towards residents, land owners and business operators in the Willoughby District, but also open to the general public.


The JEDC facilitates Willoughby District Stakeholder meetings as part of its efforts to help keep Juneau a Great (Capital) City.

Volunteers needed at the Juneau Robot Jamboree!

On December 13, approximately 150 elementary and middle school students from around Southeast Alaska will gather at Centennial Hall for the Juneau Robot Jamboree, a FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Tournament and a Jr. FIRST LEGO League Expo. For this year's "World Class" Challenge, teams of 2 to 10 students have been meeting since September to build and program a LEGO robot to compete on a 4'x8' playing field, and they've been researching how learning occurs and developing their own innovative improvements to how we learn and teach things. 


As event hosts, JEDC needs a crew of approximately 40 volunteers to serve as judges, referees, crowd control and more. Volunteering is fun and a great way to experience the excitement of FIRST!  Even if you cannot volunteer, we hope you can join as a spectator to celebrate the hard work of all of our kids and coaches. 


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER or contact Rebecca Soza for more information (


The Juneau Robot Jamboree is the first of two regional robotics tournaments to take place in Juneau this year. On January 23-24, Thunder Mountain High School will host the Southeast Regional FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier. Learn more about the high school program and that event at

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Innovation Summit is Seeking Presenters!
JEDC is seeking presenters for a portion of the "Innovation Summit" agenda called 'Innovation Shorts', where speakers will give attendees a 10 minute presentation on a topic that is relevant to Innovation in Alaska. Visit the Innovation Summit website to download an application.


Do you have a business or product that is innovative? Innovation Lounge exhibition booths sold out quickly last year, reserve your space by filling out this formContact Kristin McTague at or call (907)523-2323 with questions.  


We are still looking for event sponsors, click here for sponsorship benefits and details. 

Value-Added Opportunities in Iceland


JEDC and the Alaska Division of Economic Development organized a trade mission to Iceland of companies in Alaska involved in Seafood Processing. JEDC supports an Ocean Products Cluster in Southeast Alaska and brought a representative from the Iceland Ocean Cluster to Juneau in January 2014. This trip to Juneau spurred interest in taking a group of Alaskan businesses to look at the value-added opportunities in Iceland to explore what more we might be able to do here in Alaska to more fully utilize our ocean harvests. 

In the picture: Matt Catterson, Division of Economic Development, is seen admiring dried fish. Matt was instrumental in the organization of the trade mission.

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Investor Spotlight! 

JEDC's featured investor is Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC). The goal of Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. is to sustain and enhance valuable salmon resources of the State of Alaska for the economic, social, and cultural benefit of all citizens, and to promote public understanding of Alaska's salmon resources and salmon fisheries through research, education, and tourism. DIPAC is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to salmon enhancement and education. They recently made's list of 7 Best Things to Do in Juneau. Click here to read more about DIPAC or stop by The Ladd Macaulay Visitor Center to learn about the fascinating life cycle of salmon, check out their impressive hatchery operations, and explore exciting attractions! Call 877-463-2486 for winter hours.

Featured Economic Indicator: Per Capita Personal Income

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has released updated 2013 annual per capita personal income statisticsPersonal income grew in all but one Southeast community, according to estimates released last week, increasing in total by 1.3 percent. This is a slowing of growth when compared to 2012, when regional personal income grew by 5.4 percent. Inflation, as measured by the national price index for personal consumption expenditures, slowed to 1.2 percent in 2013 from 1.8 percent in 2012. To compare the level of personal income across communities, per capita personal income, personal income divided by population, is a useful metric. Per capita personal income for 2013 ranged from $40,890 in Wrangell City and Borough to $85,326 in Haines Borough.


Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, "Personal income is the income received by, or on behalf of, all persons from all sources: from participation as laborers in production, from owning a home or business, from the ownership of financial assets, and from government and business in the form of transfer receipts. It includes income from domestic sources as well as from the rest of the world. Personal income is the income that is available to persons for consumption expenditures, taxes, interest payments, transfer payments to governments and the rest of the world, or for saving."

"Creating Shared Value through Clusters for a Sustainable Future"


The TCI Network is the leading global network of main organizations and practitioners with expertise in clusters and competitiveness, who collaborate in an open, flexible and practical context to advance in the practice of competitiveness, innovation and cluster development. Every year TCI hosts a conference to bring together national economic development agencies, regional governments, multilateral organizations, clusters, research institutions and consultants to discuss cluster economic strategies and best practices.


JEDC Executive Director Brian Holst attended the 17th TCI Global Conference in Monterrey, Mexico (200 miles south of the Texas border) where he learned about how countries around the world are using cluster strategies to strengthen regional economic development. JEDC began implementing a cluster based approach in Juneau in 2010, focusing on five key industries: Ocean Products, Visitor Products, Renewable Energy, Mining Services & Supply, and Research & Development. Click here to learn about JEDC's Southeast Alaska Cluster Initiative. 

JEDC Welcomes New Employee Jodi Garza!

JEDC is pleased to welcome Jodi Garza to her new position as Accountant and Office Manager. Jodi relocated to Juneau in 2008 from Craig, Alaska. Jodi brings 15 years of experience in the Accounting and Administrative field. Career highlights include serving as the Tribal Administrator in Craig for two years and as a Controller for Alaska Seaplanes.


Jodi is married with three children.She enjoys playing on her softball team in summer and her volleyball team in the winter. Since coming to work for JEDC, Jodi has  provided much needed support and taken over many responsibilities at JEDC with energy and enthusiasm. We welcome her to the team!

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