Juneau Economic Development Council NEWS  |  May 4, 2015
Alaska Team takes top honors in World Championships (Talent Report from St Louis)

Team 3595 from Fairbanks was just recognized as the most inspiring FIRST Tech Challenge Team in the world!
Last week, a team of six high school students took the stage in front of 10,000 cheering fans to receive the 1st Place Inspire Award for the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship at Edward Jones Arena in St. Louis, MO. The team, number 3595 Schrödinger's Hat, includes students from West Valley, Hutchison, and a homeschool program. They have been competing together for four years. The group has already begun using their success as a launching pad for outreach in Alaska. 

They were joined in St. Louis by 4 additional FIRST teams from Alaska: FIRST Robotics Challenge team 568, the Nerds of the North from Dimond, East, and Bartlett High Schools in Anchorage, FIRST Tech Challenge Teams 5215, THAT Team from South Anchorage High School and 3480 FrostByte from Twindly Bridge Charter School in Wasilla, and FIRST LEGO League Team 207, the Brickmasters from Bear Valley Elementary School in Anchorage. 

Special thanks to Alaska Airlines for providing amazing support to all five teams that made their travel to St. Louis. FIRST in Alaska is also made possible by lead sponsor BP and additional statewide sponsorships from Alaska Communications and GCI. 

The 2015 Juneau Maritime Festival will be Saturday, May 9
Maritime Festival

Port to Starboard Dinner - Buy your tickets today! 
You won't want to miss this one. Great food, live music, and amazing auction items including 4 round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines to anywhere they fly! Fundraising/networking dinner is Friday, May 8. Meet our special guest from Kodiak:  Laine Welch.

Be Part of the Fun (in the Sun)!
Come out and enjoy the festivities on Saturday, May 9th at Marine Park and Plaza and the Seadrome Dock from 11 AM - 5 PM. Just come for the fun or sign up to participate with a Booth, Contest or Volunteer at the Festival on May 9. Sign up today! Vendor spaces are still available but going fast.  We expect 2,000+ to visit the Festival.

Thanks to our 2015 Sponsors (It's not too late to get your logo out there!)
  • Exclusive Airline Sponsor: Alaska Airlines
  • Media Sponsor: Juneau Empire
  • Sponsors: Goldbelt, Alaskan Brewing Co., Wells Fargo, Alaska Glacier Seafood Co., Taku Wild Alaska Seafood, United States Coast Guard, Un-Cruise Adventures, AEL&P, State Farm, Sunny Days Events, United Fishermen of Alaska, Gastineau Guiding, IBEW Local 15-47, APICDA, and Sealaska.
Questions? E-mail us at! or Sam at Next planning meeting is on Monday, May 4 at 3:30PM at the JEDC Conference Room--just show up!
$1,000,000 in support to Recreation Budget will help maintain access for Outfitter/Guides in Tongass

The Visitor Products Working Group, chaired by Kirby Day of Princess Cruises, has been an effective advocate for the industry. Outreach to USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, Secretary Tom Vilsack and others has resulted in a formula fix that will restore at least $1 million in cut recreation appropriation funds to the region. These funds are important to keep access to USFS managed lands by outfitter guides and recreational users, both private and commercial. Laurie Cooper is the Initiative Champion for industry outreach.
Holst attends US Cluster Convening

The US Cluster Initiative Convening--the first significant effort to gather a select group of leading practitioners, academics, and policymakers from around the country to tackle obstacles facing the cluster field, establish a community of practitioners to sustain current momentum, and work alongside key stakeholders.  JEDC's Brian Holst was invited to attend. The event was organized with the support of JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the US Small Business Administration, the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard, and SSTI


The timing of this gathering was excellent as JEDC is reflecting on our efforts to implement a cluster-based approach to economic development as a tool for long-term sustainable economic growth for our region.  If you have been involved in the SE Cluster Initiative, please follow the link here (or below) to provide us your feedback.

JEDC STEM Summer Camps are filling up fast! 

JEDC has another great line-up of STEM Summer Camps ready to go for 2015. Options are available for students entering grades 2-9 including NOAA's Sun to Sea Camp, SeaPerch, LEGO Robotics, and Girls Rock Summer Science. Each of these camps will give kids hands-on experience in STEM. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early!
Register Now!
2015 Storefront Stars Awards help paint the town (and not just red)!

As the May 15 application deadline for the Storefront Stars Awards approaches, JEDC has new opportunities for downtown businesses. CBJ Hazardous Waste facility will make exterior paint available for free for Downtown Revitalization projects. We are hoping to see fresh coats of paint on buildings and more businesses entering the Storefront Star award program.

Entering is easy! Just take before and after photos and fill out a short online application before the May 15th deadline. The competition is open to business or property owners in the downtown business area from the Rock Dump to Norway Point. For more details, contact Margo at
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Featured Economic Indicator: Seasonal Emloyment

IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR: SOUTHEAST WELCOMES ITS SUMMER NONRESIDENT WORKERS The seasonal inflow of summer workers in the tourism and seafood processing industries is about to begin in Southeast Alaska. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis Section, is required to track statistics on nonresident employment in the state, and their report for 2013 was recently released. In 2013, the Southeast region totaled 49,061 workers cumulatively filling job positions over the course of the year. Overall, 66 percent of workers in the region make their home in Southeast Alaska, 26 percent worked here while claiming residency outside of Alaska, and 8 percent worked here while claiming residency in another region of Alaska. Behind this average are some large differences in the nonresident worker percentages in specific industries. In addition, in some industries nonresidents work only short-term or seasonal jobs, such as in seafood processing and tourism. State and local government employment had a low, but not zero, nonresident workforce, at 6 and 8 percent, respectively. At the other extreme, manufacturing, with 5,160 workers largely in the seafood processing industry, had a 71 percent nonresident workforce. The mining industry, with 1,035 workers, had 45 percent nonresidents and an additional 17 percent who claimed residency in another region of Alaska. The charts below show the overall percent of local resident, other Alaska residents, and nonresident percentages for the region's three largest communities.


You can see the latest updated air passenger volumes, along with other community economic indicators, on JEDC's website, at

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