State Chamber preparing for legislative fly-in

Posted: Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 2011 Legislative Fly-In this week, which will include a visit by its new president and chief executive officer, Rachael Petro.

The fly-in will be Tuesday and Wednesday, during which the Chamber will focus on reviewing its legislative priorities and communicating these with the lawmakers.

Petro said the three top priorities include reforming oil tax policies and encouraging production, establishing a transportation infrastructure for Alaska and maintaining concise and predictable permitting in coastal zone management.

Wednesday’s highlight of the fly-in will be a public lunch at the Baranof Hotel. The chamber is bringing in an expert on the oil business, which Petro said she expects will be informative but will also raise some questions that need to be asked.

The speaker will be the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s senior policy advisor Al Anderson, who is expected to address the best places to get oil patch jobs.

“My guess is the answer will not be Alaska, which is a grave concern to our members,” Petro said.

She said Anderson is expected to go into what enhances oil industry growth in an area, which includes taxes. She said there are efforts in North Dakota to revise its tax structure so his insight to this could provide insight as Alaska considers changing its oil tax structure.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with the lunch and presentation starting 15 minutes after. Those interested can register at www.alaskachamber.com.

Petro added she will be working permanently out of the Chamber’s Anchorage bureau, where she lives, but both offices there and in Juneau will remain fully staffed. Her predecessor, Wayne Stevens, operated out of Juneau.

• Contact reporter Jonathan Grass at 523-2276 or jonathan.grass@juneauempire.com.



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