Palmer joins state as new Economic Development director

The state has a new chief of economic development, and the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau (JCVB) will be looking for a new leader.


Lorene Palmer has resigned as president and CEO of JCVB to take the new post, she told the Empire on Friday.

Palmer said she resigned two weeks ago and will begin her new job on Nov. 26.

“I’m happy to announce today that my new position will be the Division Director for Economic Development with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development,” she wrote in a recent message to some local business leaders.

“I’m excited about taking my tourism marketing and communication skills to a broader level that will include tourism, minerals, timber and fisheries.”

She said the department has 54 employees and a $25 million budget with offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Tok.

“Educating Alaskans about the programs and tools available to help them start new businesses or expand their existing business is one of the key elements of this new position. The other is helping to create demand for Alaska’s products and services through a variety of marketing programs/agencies and coordinating with public and private entities to develop a thriving economy for our state,” she wrote. “I am especially happy that my new position will allow me to remain engaged with the visitor industry via the tourism office and the contract with ATIA.”


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