Commerce and industry kick off a new year

The beginning of a new year inspires reflection on the past and thoughts of the future. Businesses, industry leaders and economic organizations have plans for meetings in the first months of the year to map the challenges and opportunities for local, national and world economies.

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is hosting two forums in January.

At The World Trade Center Economic Forecast Luncheon, scheduled for Jan. 17 at the JAHC, three speakers are scheduled to discuss how Alaska jobs and communities may be affected by the prospects of major industries and federal spending in 2013.

Pat Burden, president of Northern Economics, will present the statewide economic review and forecast for 2013.

He is scheduled to be joined by Gary Schlossberg VP of Wells Capital Management, who will give an update on the national and international economies.

Greg Wolf executive director of World Trade Center Alaska is scheduled to give a breakdown of Alaska’s exports.

The Chamber is also hosting its joint state and local chamber lunch at the Baranof Hotel on Jan. 24.

The Alaska State Chamber has made energy and natural resource extraction a major part of its 2013 state and federal legislative priorities. As part of its Southeast Alaska industry cluster initiative, the Juneau Economic Development Council is hosting the Innovation Summit at the Centennial Hall Feb. 11-13.

At the summit, “leaders in business, government and education join to cultivate ideas and develop strategies to strengthen key industries in our communities and region,” according to the JEDC.

Summit topics include developing talent, creating social value and government’s role in supporting innovation.

The event also schedules time for collaboration within the regional industry clusters. Industry clusters include ocean products, visitor products, forest products, renewable energy and mining services and supplies.

Find out more about the summit and register at www.jedc.org/innovation-summit.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com

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