The Alaska Chamber's 2017 Fall Forum was held on October 10-12 at the Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka, Alaska. In addition to a packed agenda with great learning opportunities, attendees enjoyed beautiful fall weather. As always, there was overwhelming support from our member companies! We couldn't do this without them. Below are the presentations from this year's Forum. They are arranged according to the date and time.

2017 Fall Forum Presentations

  Wednesday, October 11
  8 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
    - Curtis W. Thayer, Alaska Chamber
    - Rachel Roy, Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce
  8:15 a.m. Alaska’s Economy: Then & Now - Mouhcine Guettabi, PhD
  8:45 a.m. Industry Updates Panel
  9:45 a.m. Alaska Native Regional Corporations - Kim Reitmeier
  10:15 a.m. Strategic Pathways Update - Dr. Jim Johnsen
  11 a.m. Ties That Bind Panel
    • Susan Bell, McDowell Group
    • Tom Pierson, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce
  11 a.m. Workers' Compsentation Panel
    • Senator Cathy Giessel
    • Chuck Brady, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
  Noon Joint Chamber Lunch
    Washington, D.C. Update - Senator Lisa Murkowski
    Keynote - Ryan Binkley, Alaska Disptach News
  1:30 p.m. Unsustainable Cost of Healthcare in Alaska - Jim Grazco
  2 p.m. ASHC Coalition - Rhonda Kitter
  2:15 p.m. Tracking the Signs of Alaska’s Financial Path - Governor Sean Parnell
  3 p.m. Key Strategies for Business & Government to SurThrive - Joe Beedle
  3:45 p.m. Planes, Trains and Ships Panel
    • Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines
    • Tim Sullivan, Jr., Alaska Railroad
    • Ralph Samuels, Holland America Line

  Thursday, October 12
  9:30 a.m. Policy Forum
  11:30 a.m. Lunch & Whale Watching Cruise on Allen Marine Tours
  1:15 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard: Strengthening our Presence in Alaska - CAPT Hollingsworth
  1:45 p.m. ANCs – Integral to Alaska’s Past, Present & Future - Wayne Westlake
  2:15 p.m. The Not-So-Special Session - Andy Jensen
  3 p.m. Fall Forum Concludes