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Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  January 23, 2015

Governor Walker to address Innovation Summit attendees  



Governor Walker has confirmed he will participate in the 2015 Innovation Summit. The Governor will address theimportant role of the State of Alaska in economic development to ensure the prosperity of Alaskans, especially with current fiscal challenges. See the Agenda for the Innovation Summit to learn more. 

The 2015 Innovation Summit is next week-January 28 and 29 - and there is still time to register. Don't miss this opportunity to engage and collaborate with other industry and thought leaders about shaping the future of Alaska's economy. There are new and exciting keynote speakers this year you do not want to miss. You can read more about the event in the Juneau Empire

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NEW @ JEDC.ORG - Interactive Charts and Graphs of  Juneau Community Economic Trends 

JEDC has added interactive charts and graphs to its website that give a snapshot of important local economic indicators and historical trends. Residents, public and private employers, and the city administration of Juneau now have a resource to turn to for information on key economic indicators that that affect jobs, income, and our community's general well-being.

New Air Passenger Volume Chart is one of many new interactive features at

Juneau, as all communities today, faces challenges in charting an economic future. JEDC hopes that these new interactive indicators will help the community better understand the local economy as they consider their future options.


Juneau is accessible to business, government and recreational visitors only by air and water, so air passenger volume is an important indicator of commerce. While Juneau's air passenger volume shows a recovery from a low in 2009, no significant growth is seen in 2012 and 2013. Will the addition of Delta flights in 2014 bring more air passengers to Juneau? Data for 2014 will be added to the chart as soon as it becomes available.

 Scroll down on the the homepage to view information on population, cruise passenger volume, our commercial fish harvest, and more!

Updates on the FIRST Robotics season in Alaska

With sixteen out of twenty-one statewide events complete, this year's robotics season is nearing its finish! On January 17, 55 of Alaska's top FIRST LEGO League teams competed at the Alaska Robot Rendezvous Invitational Championship at South Anchorage High School. The Brickmasters from Bear Valley Elementary in Anchorage were awarded the Ch
ampion's Award and will travel to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis courtesy 
of Alaska Airlines!  Check out coverage from the event from KTVA featuring team A2Z from Juneau and some great photos in the Alaska Dispatch

This Friday and Saturday, energy will shift to the FIRST Tech Challenge with 3 Qualifying Tournaments around the state, including the Southeast Alaska Qualifier hosted by Thunder Mountain High School. Spectators are encouraged to come check out the teams and robots from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM in the Auxiliary Gym at TMHS this Saturday! Teams will advance from all three qualifiers to the State Championship hosted by the UAA School of Engineering at the Alaska Airlines Center on February 20-21.

The Bear Valley Brickmasters and Sand Lake Samurai compete in the last Robot Match of the Championship.
Representatives from FIRST in Alaska's statewide sponsors, Alaska Communications, GCI, Alaska Airlines, and BP, were on deck to cheer on teams at Saturday's Championship Event.
Alaska Dialogue on Governance this Saturday - First of New Reformatted Sessions

The Institute of the North, in collaboration with the Alaska Humanities Forum and UAF's Northern Leadership Center, is pleased to introduce a reformatted Alaska Dialogue process - quarterly day-long events focused on a variety of themes, in different locations around Alaska. The first of these will take place in Juneau from 8am to 5pm on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in the Egan Room at Centennial Hall in Juneau. There with satellite option in Anchorage at the Chariot Group. 

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Juneau Economic Development Council

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