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Friday, June 23, 2017
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce supports repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. ACA’s one-size-fits-all federal mandates do not work for Alaska. The existing law reduces competition in Alaska’s health insurance market, threatens the healthcare coverage and the wellness of Alaskans, as well as our state’s economy. Under Obamacare, premiums for individuals and ...read more
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Monday, June 19, 2017
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Chamber is pleased to announce that it has promoted Ben Mulligan to Vice President. A lifelong Alaskan, Ben most recently served as the Legislative Liaison to the Department of Fish and Game under Governor Sean Parnell’s administration. That along with his 12 years of experience in state government made him a perfect fit for the position. “Ben has earned this promotion ...read more
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Download.PDFAnchorage, AK – After the House Majority’s introduction of House Bill 111 today, Alaska Chamber President and CEO Curtis W. Thayer issued the following statement in disappointment of HB 111: “HB 111 is yet another change to oil and gas taxes in a series of changes that creates uncertainty for national and global investors. In the last 11 years alone there have been six changes to ...read more
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Anchorage, AK – Alaska Chamber President and CEO Curtis W. Thayer today issued a statement condemning President Obama’s unprecedented decision to deny future development of Alaska’s arctic waters. “Earlier this afternoon, the president issued an 11th hour decision that indefinitely closes the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas to energy development,” said Thayer. “Obama claims that this action is good for ...read more
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Friday, December 16, 2016
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Chamber’s mission is to promote a healthy business environment in Alaska. For years, the Chamber has advocated for sustainable state spending and reducing the operating budget to a level Alaskans can afford. Uncertainty regarding Alaska’s fiscal future harms families and businesses, and discourages private investment in the state. Among a list of spending cuts included ...read more
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Anchorage, AK – Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, Alaska Chamber President and CEO Curtis W. Thayer joined National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons and more than 1,100 manufacturing and business leaders from across the U.S. in pledging to help bring the country back together after a divisive election. “Alaska is in ...read more
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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Kenai, AK – The recipients for the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, and Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year were announced on Wednesday, October 12 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual Top Business Awards in Kenai, Alaska.William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year Jim Udelhoven is the recipient of the celebrated and prestigious William A. ...read more
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Kenai, AK – Members of the Alaska Chamber will convene this week in Kenai, Alaska for the annual Alaska Chamber Conference, Top Business Awards and Policy Forum. Attendees will meet for three days to discuss the business issues at play in Alaska. This year, a delegation of trade partners from the Puget Sound region will join Alaska’s business leaders to illuminate a path forward for the ...read more
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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska – The Alaska Chamber appreciates the earnest gravity of Alaska’s current fiscal dilemma. The Chamber applauds the efforts by the Governor and the Legislature for tackling the hard topic of trying to match State spending levels to long-term revenues. There is much more work to be done and the operating budget vetoes continue the tough yet necessary actions necessary to achieve a ...read more
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Chamber supports House legislative efforts to curtail increased spending as the State grapples with a dramatic budget shortfall. House Bill 379 – a bill that checks automatic pay raises when oil revenues are low. It is a meaningful step in controlling automatic increases to an already unsustainable operating budget. Alaskan’s have responded with hope that the State ...read more
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Monday, November 16, 2015
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Chamber is pleased to announce the selection of life-long Alaskan Curtis Thayer as President and CEO. He replaces Rachael Petro, who moved out of state after guiding the Chamber for almost five years. Thayer’s first day with the Chamber will be on Monday, November 16. As President and CEO, Thayer will oversee the Chamber’s operations as well as work with staff to ensure ...read more
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Fairbanks, AK – The recipients for the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year, William A. Egan Alaskan of the Year and North Star Award were announced on Wednesday, October 14 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual Awards Gala in Fairbanks, Alaska.Bill Bivins Small Business of the Year Date-Line Digital Printing is the recipient of the Bill Bivins Small Business of ...read more
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Friday, June 05, 2015
Fairbanks, AK – Members of the Alaska business community today thanked Governor Bill Walker for taking initial steps toward putting the state on solid financial footing by asking Alaskans to take a hard look at government spending, as well as potential revenue enhancements. “We know from our scientific poll conducted earlier this year that a majority of Alaskans want to see the State of Alaska ...read more
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Friday, February 06, 2015
Anchorage, AK – Alaska businesses will pay for uninsured Alaskans through the proposed Medicaid expansion or through increased health care costs. The Alaska Chamber supports Medicaid expansion for this reason. The Chamber’s support for Medicaid expansion ends when the federal funding ends or falls below its initial promise. Our support also ends if expansion exacerbates the State’s fiscal ...read more
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Monday, November 17, 2014
Anchorage,   AK - The Alaska Chamber joined with 375 trade associations and chambers from 50 states representing a wide range of industries to voice strong concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flawed proposed rule to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the U.S. and called for the proposal ...read more
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Girdwood, AK – This year's recipients for the William A. Egan Alaskan of the Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, and Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year were announced on Wednesday, October 22 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual conference in Girdwood, Alaska. Roger Burggraf is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 William A. Egan Alaskan of The Year award. The celebrated and prestigious ...read more
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Girdwood, AK – Members of the Alaska Chamber voted to adopt new policy positions adding to its already robust advocacy agenda. The Policy Forum is held annually to establish policy positions for the upcoming year based on proposals submitted by members of the Chamber. Thirteen positions were added to the Chamber’s existing slate of over 40 positions. In a subsequent meeting, the Chamber's Board ...read more
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Monday, September 08, 2014
Anchorage, AK – After working collaboratively with the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (AAPC) Co-Chairs to select three Alaska business leaders to participate in an initial meeting of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC), the Alaska Chamber is pleased to learn of AEC’s successful founding meeting held on September 2-3 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. “The Chamber supports sustainable, environmentally conscience ...read more
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Monday, July 14, 2014
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the 2014 Top Business Awards is now open. Celebrating its 50th year, the Top Business Awards recognize the accomplishments of leading businesses, chambers of commerce and individuals in their contributions they make to our statewide economy. The awards are presented in four categories ...read more
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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Anchorage, AK – The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (Alaska Chamber) and the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (AAPC) Co-Chairs are pleased to announce the individuals selected to participate in the initial meeting of the Arctic Economic Council (AEC). The AEC is intended to foster sustainable development, including economic growth, environmental protection and social development in the ...read more
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Anchorage, AK - Today, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (Alaska Chamber) joined 30 other state chambers of commerce in calling on Congress to act on critical transportation infrastructure. Congress currently faces a critical crossroads as they begin to discuss both the solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund and the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill passed in 2012. “U.S. ...read more
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Anchorage, AK – Nearly 100 Alaska State Chamber of Commerce members gathered in Juneau for the annual Legislative Fly-In. The two-day event provided Chamber members the opportunity to review and convey their 2014 legislative priorities to elected officials. “The Alaska Chamber has never spoken with a stronger voice. Record setting attendance and the reception from lawmakers across both isles is a ...read more
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Monday, October 21, 2013
Anchorage, AK – This years recipients for the William A. Egan Alaskan of The Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of The Year, and Local Chamber of Commerce of The Year were announced Tuesday, October 15th at the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce annual conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. In addition to the annual awards, the prestigious North Star Award was presented.    Margy Johnson is the recipient ...read more
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