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Representatives of Southeast Alaska communities, businesses and local governments will be in Juneau this week for the Southeast Conference’s mid-legislative session summit.
The agenda for the two-day summit that begins Tuesday at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall covers a broad range of topics of importance to Ketchikan and the region at large.
Presentation topics include mining, timber, economic development, telecommunications, energy development and health care. Also scheduled are presentations on fisheries and mariculture, transportation, tourism, cyber security and solid waste issues.
That’s not all. There will be a forum with Southeast Alaska legislators, presentations regarding Sealaska and the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority. In addition, Alaska Chief Assistant Attorney General Ed Sniffen is scheduled to speak about “the dynamics of freight rate costs and service” in Southeast Alaska during a conference luncheon on Tuesday.
The summit, organized under the title of “Navigating the Southeast Economy,” is sort of an intensive, one-stop overview of the current state of industries and infrastructure in Southeast Alaska. We commend the Southeast Conference organization for coordinating such a detailed and wide-ranging program.
A number of Ketchikan officials and representatives will be attending this year’s summit. We trust that they’ll spend their time wisely, absorbing as much information and perspective as possible. The communities of Southeast Alaska are not all alike, but we have enough in common that solutions that work in one town could make a difference in others, including Ketchikan.
We’re looking forward to hearing local leaders’ takeaways from the trip.