The Alaska chamber includes members from Ketchikan to Barrow, and each year representatives travel to an outlying Alaska location to gain a broader perspective about what makes up Alaska’s economy.
“One of the most important reasons in my mind is getting outside the urban communities of Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks to members across the state,” state chamber president Rachael Petro said.
Traveling to outlying communities also gives chamber members a chance to make connections with industry leaders and business owners in the area.
“The real opportunity is for statewide business owners from communities throughout Alaska meeting local business owners and building relationships,” Petro said. “Most of the time, business owners are facing the same issues.”
Kodiak Chamber of Commerce executive director Trevor Brown said Kodiak was a popular destination and sold out before early registration ended.
“There was a tremendous amount of interest,” he said. “They hadn’t been here in a long time. They realized Kodiak is one of the larger communities in the state and felt it was a benefit to their membership to come here.”
The Kodiak chamber arranged for the state group to tour Coast Guard Base Kodiak, the Kodiak Launch Complex, the Fisheries Research Center and the Pacific Seafoods plant.
“We wanted to give them the fisheries perspective,” Brown said. “A lot of focus is on oil and gas, which is appropriate for the state. Fisheries are also important, especially for employment, because it’s one of the top employers in the state.”
Kodiak chamber members were invited to join the group at the Kodiak Inn for breakfast Tuesday morning. Petro and Kodiak city Mayor Pat Branson spoke at the event.
Contact Mirror writer Nicole Klauss at nklauss@kodiak