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Town meeting on Juneau economy tonight

Posted: April 2, 2014 - 10:26am  |  Updated: April 3, 2014 - 12:25am

A town meeting will be held Thursday at Centennial Hall to introduce and discuss a plan for Juneau’s economic future.

The meeting, which will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., will gather community input for a 10-year action plan that will steer economic development in Juneau.

The City and Borough of Juneau hired the McDowell Group and Sheinberg Associates to lead a year-long effort in establishing a “road map” for the city’s future, according to a news release about the meeting. The economic development plan will consider current economic status, opportunities and barriers, and development goals.

Participants at Thursday’s town meeting will participate in a Q and A and small-group discussions after hearing a presentation and learning five suprising things about the Juneau economy, according to the project website. Meeting-goers are encouraged to bring their cellphones to participate in a polling activity.

During a presentation a couple weeks ago of preliminary findings that will guide the creation of the 10-year plan, Jim Calvin of McDowell Group told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about two “fundamental trends” when it comes to Juneau’s economy: a decrease in permanent residents and an increase in non-local labor.

Between 2003 and 2012, the earnings of local workers remained flat. Those of non-local workers increased by $70 million.

Calvin said money leaving the local economy is something his firm will have to look at while developing the Juneau Economic Plan.

Another community meeting will take place in September. To learn more about the plan, visit the project website at

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Brad Fluetsch
Brad Fluetsch 04/03/14 - 11:48 am
OMG, who is paying for this?

So CBJ is out of money, slashing staff and services and yet we can contract for this? Anyone remember just how bad Sheinberg Associates screwed up the second crossing series of public meetings?

Juneau is out of electricity. Not enough power for Greens Creek, yet a $40 million was spent running a cable to it. Don't have enough power to sell to the Cruise industry so our air is polluted.

Juneau is out of water. We don't currently have the capacity to meet the needs our our tourism friends.

Juneau sewer system is excessively expensive and according to recent articles in a state of disrepair that customers are going to be subjected to a 10% increase each year for the next five and more increases after that.

Juneau cannot manage is waste, consequently Lemon Creek stinks to the high heavens and we are building Mt. Trashmore.

I just got to laugh at this, the solutions are obvious to anyone with a brain. Juneau's economy will not improve until the Assembly starts dealing with basic infrastructure, water, sewer, electricity, transportation and stops pandering to the swimmers, skiers and ice skaters.

btw, exactly what has JEDC been doing with taxpayers $250,000+ per year for the past decade?

Alavini Lata
Alavini Lata 04/03/14 - 06:02 pm

It sounds like you have a few ideas. You should attend the meeting and voice your concerns to the people involved.

Brad Fluetsch
Brad Fluetsch 04/03/14 - 06:23 pm
Rest assured

I have shared my commentary with every Assembly Member and Jim Calvin.

Brad Fluetsch
Brad Fluetsch 04/03/14 - 06:58 pm
With today's technology

Why are citizens being forced, in order to participate in a public meeting, to drive when existing technology allows anyone to participate over the internet. Juneau likes to think of itself as technologically advanced, but municipal government is primitive. Sheinberg Associates and McDowell Group should step into the 21st century and learn about the tubes Senator Stevens was fascinated with.

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