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June 2011

  • A Few Crab Fest Photos...

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  • May Chamber Board Meeting Minutes

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    Click here to view the May 2011 Chamber Board meeting Minutes.

  • President's Message
    Hey Everyone,

    WOW! What a Crab Fest! The beautiful weather was brought to you by your Chamber of Commerce! We have it on our long range plan for next year as well.

    Congratulations to Trevor, Lindsey, Josh, and Nora for a job well done! Lindsey, who headed up the hard working Crab Fest Committee, has only been on island for eight months and has never even seen Crab Fest! I would like to thank the entire Crab fest Committee: Cheryl Blondin, Jody Spivey, Chris Lund, Emily Salter, Dave Monture, Amanda Sanford, Kadie Walsh, T.C. Kamai, Kyle Valerio, and Janelle Peterson.

    The Kodiak Daily Mirror, KVOK/Jack-FM, and KMXT did an excellent job covering the Crab Fest events! I would like to mention the Grand Parade results:
    Marching Group First Place - Kodiak Middle School Band
    Marching Group Second Place - Our Kodiak Lions," Lawn Mower Precision Drill Team"
    Theme Award First Place - KIMA
    Theme Award Second Place - Kodiak Wildlife Refuge
    Kiwanis Award - Kodiak 4-H
    Mayor's Award - VFW

    Many people pulled together to make Crab fest a success and we the Chamber would like to Thank You all!

    Our Business After Hours for June is hosted by ERA Alaska at the Kodiak Convention Center. This will be on June 10th from 6pm to 8pm. As usual, there will be refreshments, split the pot, and door prizes including a set of round trip tickets to Anchorage sponsored by ERA! Come join the fun. You can't win if you are not there!

    Enjoy this nice summer weather everyone!

    Sincerely,

    Lindsay Knight
    President

  • Crab Festival Thank You!
    The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Board and Staff would like to thank the entire Kodiak Community for helping to make the 2011 Kodiak Crab Festival such a great event.
     
    Special Thanks to:
     

    Chamber PIKE Sponsors • City of Kodiak • City of Kodiak Police Department • City of Kodiak Fire Department • City of Public Works • City of Kodiak Harbor Master and Crew • Alaska Waste • Threshold Recycling • Local Electric • World Wide Movers • Lynden Transport • Aksala Electronics • Ken Knowles, Lightfoot Construction • Kodiak Honey Wagon • Kodiak Electric Association • Kodiak Lions Club • Ian Fulp and City Parks and Rec • United States Coast Guard MWR • Mike Gardner, AK Dept of Environmental Conservation • Kiwanis Club of Kodiak • USCG Color Guard • Parade Participants • KVOK/Jack-FM • KMXT • Kodiak Daily Mirror • High Cummins • Steve Paulson • Deb Main, Elliott Sales • Mack's Sport Shop • Bases Loaded • Marc Ignacio, Island Style Entertainment • Mr. D and the Kodiak Island Drummers • ACS - Shrimp Parade Sponsor • Associated Island Brokers • Kodiak Community Health Center - Retro Monday Sponsor • Sun'ami - Retro Monday Music Sponsor • Crab Festival Midway Vendors • Golden Wheel Amusements • Retro Monday Music Performers • Retro Monday Participating Organizations • Kodiak Teen Court • Kodiak Football League • Kodiak Girl Scout Troop 242 • Dake Schmidt - Crab Fest Poster Photographer • Keinan Sutton - Crab fest Logo Artist • Senator Gary Stevens • Representative Alan Austerman • Mayor Carolyn Floyd • Janelle Peterson, Get on Net • Kodiak Island Hostel • Liz Mitchell, Emerlad Isle Framing • Presale Ride Ticket Vendors

    Crab Festival Committee: Cheryl Blondin, Jody Spivey, Chris Lund, Emily Salter, Dave Monture, Amanda Sanford, Kadie Walsh, T.C. Kamai, Kyle Valerio, Janelle Peterson

    Grand Parade Judges: Mayor Jerome Selby, Capt. William Deal (U.S.C.G), Capt. Jesse K. Moore (U.S.C.G), Dave Monture

    Shrimp Parade Judges: Jacque Jones, Janel Keplinger, Jill Skaw

    Chamber Booth Volunteers: Stacy Ross, Cheryl Blondin, Amanda Sanford, Jody Spivey, Sally Magnusen, Emily Salter, Nancy Bell, Kathy Morin, Kris Sockwell, Carrie Morton, Walter Davis, Chris Lund, Michelle St. Clair, Bill St. Clair, Dave Monture, John Durham, Lola Durham, Lindsay Knight, Terrie Knight, Cecilia Lloyd, Mark St. Denny, Brenda Friend, Caroline Urban

  • Economic Development News

    Fishing's Economic Role Keeps Growing in Alaska

    New numbers in a recent study by Anchorage-based Northern Economics illustrate how Alaska's commercial fisheries continue to be a main driver of the state's economy, although ex-vessel revenues are down slightly from two years ago.

    The study, conducted for the Marine Conservation Alliance in Juneau, found that seafood caught in 2009 tallied up to 1.84 million metric tons for an ex-vessel value of $1.3 billion. Another way of putting it, according to the study, is that if Alaska were a country it would rank 14th in seafood production among other seafood producing nations.

    Adding in the wholesale values and revenues generated by the supporting industries, brings the total economic output to around $4.6 billion, making Alaska's fisheries third in importance, behind crude oil production and government spending.

    The study this time around was to update the executive summary that Northern Economics did for MCA in 2009, when it looked at 2007 data.

    "In 2009, a lot less Pollock was taken," says Marcus Hartly, vice president of Northern Economics who worked on the study. "That makes a big difference."

    The industry in 2009 provided nearly 80,800 jobs, in terms of employment working directly with seafood or in various support industries. That's up from 78,519 jobs in 2007, according to the 2009 study, which found that the harvest and processing jobs tallied up to 56,606.

    But estimating the number of jobs is a difficult undertaking, according to Hartley, as some fishermen fish for multiple species and hire multiple crews, and crew members can be highly transient from port to port.

    Article by Charlie Ess from the May 2011 National Fisherman

  • Thank You to our Renewing Members

    Thank You to our renewing Chamber Members:

    Dr. Murat Balaban
    FISHERY INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY CENTER (FITC)
     
    John Whiddon
    PACIFIC SEAFOOD
     
     
    Tony Chaco & Dan Armstrong
    ODOM COMPANY/COCA-COLA
     
     
    Al & Barbara Large
    COST SAVERS dba NICKEL & DIME
     
    Cecilia Lloyd
    TBC RADIO
     
     
    Charles & Penelope Lorenson
     
     
     
    Mike & Kathy Rostad
    A KODIAK WELCOME BED & BREAKFAST
     
    Mike Murray
    SAFEWAY STORES, INC.
     
    Andy Varner
    SOUTHWEST ALASKA MUNICIPAL CONFERENCE
     
    Jan Pennington
    PENNINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY
     
    Gary Anthony
    KODIAK FISHMEAL COMPANY
     
    Vern & Debra Hall
    RONDYS INC.
     
     
    Mark Withrow, MD
    KODIAK ISLAND MEDICAL ASSOCIATES
     
    Daniel Williams
    SEA DUCK TAXIDERMY
     
    Richard Thummel
    ALASKAN LEADER FISHERIES INC.
     
     
    Bill MacKay
    ALASKA AIRLINES
     
    Cheryl Blondin
    CREDIT UNION 1
     
    Evelyn Wiszinckas, PhD
    KODIAK PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES
     
    Pat Branson
    SENIOR CITIZENS OF KODIAK INC.
     
    Nick Szabo
    SZABO MARINE SERVICES
     

     

  • ERA Business After Hours
    Join us on June 10th for great food and door prizes at Business After Hours hosted by Era Alaska.