Leaders of three cities to tackle broad agenda

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2001

The issue of annexation is sure to come up during a joint meeting of the chambers of commerce from haines, Skagway and Juneau this weekend in Haines.

"One of our goals is to bring out issues that potentially affect all three communities," said George Davidson, executive director for the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. "If annexation is a concern, it would be appropriate to bring up at this meeting.

Saturday's agenda covers fast ferries, redistricting, tourism, the gas pipeline and Yukon business partnerships. It also includes "relations and impacts" involving Haines, Skagway and Juneau.

Skagway chamber president Reed McCluskey expects a positive meeting despite negative feelings generated recently over fears of annexation by the Haines Borough.

"I don't think it will affect our cooperation," he said.

Candice Wallace, director of the Skagway Economic Development Commission, hopes the chambers can get down to the business of business.

"We're trying to build bridges, not burn them," she said.

While fast ferries and upper Lynn Canal access will be discussed, talk of a road from Juneau may not.

"Not unless Haines or Skagway brings it up," said Juneau delegate Davidson.



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