The message from Fairbanks

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2001

I have been attending chamber of commerce lunches regularly in three Alaska communities for 15 years. Some have been better than others, some have been much better than others.

In my experience, none has ever been better than the Juneau Chamber of Commerce lunch on Friday, Aug. 10. Chamber Executive Director Jamie Parsons, Chamber President Roy Kyle, the Chamber Board of Directors and all its members should be congratulated for stepping out of the box and hosting Rhonda Boyles, mayor of Fairbanks.

Ninety-one Juneau community and business leaders listened to an excited and motivated mayor talk about her community and the opportunities that lay ahead in Fairbanks. She is a wonderful spokesperson and sales person for her community. I lived in Fairbanks for 12 years. It can be a cold, dark and miserable place to do business and survive during those long winter months. Listening to her talk you would think it's some kind of Shangri-La.

Mayor Boyles is an excellent communicator and an excellent example of mayoral leadership. We applauded and appreciated her positive comments toward Juneau when she suggested, three times, that Fairbanks is Juneau's friend, but we need a road to Alaska's Capital City.

I sincerely hope everyone in Juneau heard and clearly understood her message and supports the efforts of your Chamber of Commerce. The future of our community may depend on it.

Lloyd A. Johnson


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