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Anchorage School District
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
ASRC Energy Services
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Carrs Safeway
Chugach Alaska Corporation
ConocoPhillips
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First National Bank
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For over 100 years, we have served as an important resource where our members can gain business knowledge, insight and strength as business professionals.

Joining the Anchorage Chamber will provide you instant access to our extensive network of nearly 1,000 business members throughout Anchorage and Alaska. Your company, or organization, can begin utilizing broad marketing opportunities, connecting with key policy-makers, enjoying discounted programs and events, and building your network of professionals. Check out full business, corporate and executive level membership benefits here. Learn More..

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Ambassador Council

Mission Statement: To promote membership with and within the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, while developing and expanding personal business networks.

 

This energetic group of people work together to maintain contact with other Anchorage Chamber members while helping to promote the Anchorage Chamber as a whole. Ambassadors are present at Anchorage Chamber functions and are the major coordinators for Business After Hours, the annual Train Ride, and Ribbon Cutting events. Meetings are held from 4 to 5 pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the Anchorage Chamber boardroom.

 

PROGRAM OF WORK

 

Goals for the Year:

  1. Increase membership retention by mentoring new members through their first three months

  2. Increase awareness of Anchorage Chamber benefits and efforts

  3. Strengthen awareness and integrity of the Ambassador Council

 

Why become an Anchorage Chamber Ambassador?

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee works to gather proposed legislation at the state and federal levels that may impact businesses in Anchorage. It communicates directly with the Anchorage Chamber Board of Directors and members in an effort to develop advocacy actions that ensures a successful business climate.

Meeting Time: The last Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Anchorage Chamber boardroom.
More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 907-677-7111

 

LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS

 

 

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

 

  • Develop and implement a sustainable fiscal plan:  The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages the governor and the legislature to take immediate action to implement a sustainable, long-term solution to address Alaska’s fiscal challenges.
  • Reduce the budget:  The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members highly support a significant reduction in the state budget.
  • Consider new, broad-based, sustainable revenue sources:  The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members support a statewide sales tax, the creation of a statewide lottery and some use of the Permanent Fund earnings.
  • Provide funding for Alaska’s most strategic port:  The Port of Anchorage, Alaska largest port, annually handles 3.5 million tons of goods bound for over 200 communities across our state.  It’s Alaska’s economic heart, where more than 85% of the cargo ends up in the homes of Alaskans, and half of the cargo is bound for destinations outside of Anchorage.  The structural integrity of the 55-year old port is significantly compromised and well beyond its expected life.  Funding is urgently needed to shore up this critical statewide infrastructure to ensure continued everyday service for all Alaskans – as well as service in the aftermath of a major seismic event.

 

PROGRAM OF WORK

Responsibilities
  • Responsible for the Anchorage Chamber advocacy program including development, implementation, and evaluation. 
  • Responsible for considering the needs of our members and the legislative priorities of our board. 
  • Responsible for researching and monitoring progress of all proposed legislation in the local, state, and federal arenas relevant to our mission of advancing a successful business climate.
  • Prioritizes proposed legislation on which the Anchorage Chamber can have a significant impact, creates an advocacy strategy, and makes recommendations to the board.
  • Responsible for outreach to as wide an acquaintanceship as possible with key decision makers so that immediate contacts can be made as needed to learn their positions and to present the Anchorage Chamber's viewpoints on issues as they develop.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing an advocacy communications strategy which effectively informs members and engages members to testify, provide, comments, vote, etc.  All out-going communications must be shared and approved by appropriate Anchorage Chamber staff (committee notices, mass member emails, website updates, social media entries, etc.).
  • To operate all advocacy efforts within the budget approved by the board of directors.

Committee Goals

  • Develop survey and survey membership for legislative issues of concern for the next year's legislative session - to be completed by November 1 of current year.
  • Review standing resolutions and make recommendations to the board for those to carry forward.
  • Develop legislative priorities and advocacy plan for each priority.
    • Develop standard language and format for letters of support and public testimony for each priority.
    • Describe action to be taken for each priority.
  • Review pending legislation and prioritize based on member concerns.

Municipal Activity Committee

Mission Statement: To monitor relevant issues affecting the local business community, and help develop responses to such issues.


Meetings will be held from Noon to 1 pm on the third Wednesday of the month at the Anchorage Chamber board room.

More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 677-7109

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Julie Hasquet (co-chair) - Chugach Electric Association, Inc.
Calvin Schrage (co-chair) - Frontier Tutoring
Art Clark - Broker
John Weddleton - Bosco's
Forrest Dunbar - Anchorage Assembly
JR Wilcox - Prudhoe Bay Chemical, LLC
George Vakalis - Vakalis & Associates

 

PROGRAM OF WORK

 

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the Anchorage Chamber advocacy program related to municipal business including development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Responsible for considering the needs of our members and the municipality priorities of the board.
  • Responsible for researching and monitoring progress of all proposed legislation in the municipality and state arenas relevant to our mission of advancing a successful business climate
  • Prioritizes proposed legislation on which the Anchorage Chamber can have a significant impact, creates an advocacy strategy, and makes recommendations to the board.

Committee Goals

  • Inventory and review priorities relevant to the Municipality of Anchorage.
  • Consider the need to survey membership for municipal issues of concern.
  • Develop municipal priorities and advocacy plan for each priority.
  • Develop standard language and format for letters of support and public testimony for each priority.
  • Describe action to be taken for each priority.
  • Review pending legislation and prioritize based on member concerns.
  • Work with staff to report to the membership the activities of the committee and how to engage on a regular basis (monthly).

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