Town meeting on Juneau economy tonight

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 www.juneaueconomicplan.org.

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