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May 2012

  • Borough Seeking Input for Borough Code Revisions

    Public Review for Kodiak Island Borough Zoning Codes is now OPEN

    Kodiak Island Borough Planning and Zoning Department is seeking input for Borough Code Revisions: Draft Title 16-Subdivisions, Title-17-Zoning and Title 18- Borough Real property are available for review on the Code Revision Website. The deadline for sixty day comment period is Friday, May 18, 2012. The Borough Planning and Zoning Department will be holding public workshops in Kodiak and Chiniak. If you would like to submit your comments on this project, please visit Code Revision website.

    Public workshops Scheduled:

    Kodiak - May 10, 2012 6:00 pm -8.30 pm in the Kodiak High School Cafeteria.
    Chiniak - May 11, 2012 6:30 pm - 8:18 pm at the Chiniak Community School.

    View the Spring Workshop Flyer

  • President's Message

    Hello Everyone!

    Spring is here and the Chamber is rocking and rolling! It's time for Spring cleaning and this Saturday, May 5th is Kodiak Community Clean-Up Day! Come to the High School from 9am to 2pm to pick up litter bags and grab a hot dog at noon. You can also drop off your household hazardous waste, household electronic waste, and recyclables. The Chamber and Leisnoi Incorporated proudly sponsor this event.

    Pick up trash in the morning and then come to the Elks from 1pm to 4pm, for the first annual Morning Rotary Kentucky Derby party! A 3 hour party for a 2 minute race! The Jazz Band will be performing and the High School Culinary students are providing snacks. We will have a hat contest and a small auction. The bartender has been practicing making Mint Juleps and our Rotary ladies have been making rum balls and Kentucky Derby pie. Of course, there will be betting opportunities and all proceeds will go to local scholarships. Come join the fun!

     

    Our May Business After Hours will be hosted by our newest Chamber Member, Leisnoi Incorporated, on May 18th at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center from 5:30-7:30pm. Come enjoy good food and drinks, great door prizes and, of course, split the pot!

    CRAB FEST IS HERE! May 24th-28th! This is the biggest event the Chamber puts on and is not only great fun for the entire community but also brings many visitors to Kodiak benefiting our local businesses.

    I would like to welcome our newest Chamber members:

    Erica Young, with Ton of Fun Parties and More

    Pastor Rony Harden Sr. with Abba Father's Christian Fellowship Church Inc.

    Christian Schmidt, with Leisnoi Incorporated. Leisnoi also joined as a Pike Pillar Sponsor and we thank them for their support.

    We are YOUR Chamber of Commerce and are here to serve you. Get involved and share your input!

    Lindsay Knight
    President

  • Community Clean-Up Day on May 5th
  • Business After Hours hosted by Leisnoi Incorporated on May 18th

    Join us for the May Business After Hours hosted by Leisnoi Incorporated on Friday, May 18th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Crab Fest 2012 has Arrived!

    2012 Kodiak Crab Festival is running Thursday, May 24th through Monday, May 28th. Join us Memorial Day Weekend for great food, rides, games, grand parade and more!

    Schedule of Event Forms
    The most up-to-date Crab Fest Schedule of Events will be posted on the Crab Fest Events page and listed in the Crab Fest Guide in the Kodiak Daily Mirror. If your group will be holding an event during Crab Festival, be sure to complete a Schedule of Event Form by May 10th so we can advertise for you. Click here to download the Schedule of Event Form or pick one up at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce office.

    Parade Participation Forms
    If your group would like to participate in the Crab Festival Grand Parade on Saturday, May 26th at 10am, please complete the Parade Participation Form by May 10th. Click here to download the Parade Participation Form or pick one up at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce office.

    Crab Fest Merchandise
    Visit the Chamber Office to purchase all your Crab Fest gear...t-shirts, sweatshirts, beanies, fleece jackets, pins, posters, and more! VISA and MasterCard accepted. You can also purchase Crab Fest merchandise at our online store.

    Crab Fest Pre-Sale Tickets
    Crab Fest pre-sale ride and game tickets are on sale now at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and businesses around town including Associated Island Brokers, Best Western Kodiak Inn, Cost Savers, First National Bank, Grand Slam Toys & Cards, KeyBank, Kodiak Daily Mirror, KMXT, KVOK/KRXX, Mack's Sport Shop, Norman's, Residential Mortgage, Senior Citizens of Kodiak, Shelikof Lodge, Sutliff's True Value, and Western Alaska Fisheries. A sheet of 45 tickets (35 ride tickets and 10 game tickets) is just $40. Golden Wheel rides and games will be at Crab Fest all five days but they will not be holding a "buddy day" or "wrist-band day" this year.

    Visit the Crab Fest web page or contact the Chamber at 486-5557 or  chamber@kodiak.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with all your Crab Fest questions.

  • Economic Development News by Lale Gurer

    KODIAK ISLAND BOROUGH EMPLOYMENT

    The exact size of Kodiak Island Borough's work force is difficult to determine due to the State of Alaska's method of collecting employment data. The Alaska Department of Labor's main source of employment data is the state's unemployment insurance program, collected through Employment Security Contributions (ESC). Self-employed workers (fishermen) and Coast Guard employees do not participate in this program, so data is not collected for these two sectors.

    Kodiak's employment varies throughout the year due to the seasonal nature of the fishing industry. Employment usually peaks during the months of July, August, and September when fish harvesting is busiest, and declines in November and December as yearly fishing quotas are reached.

    The average annual unemployment rate in the Kodiak Island Borough for 2011 was 7.0 percent, remaining almost the same as 2010 unemployment rate of 7.1 percent. Because of seasonal fluctuations in the fishing industry, this rate changes dramatically throughout the year. In 2011, the unemployment rate was highest in December at 11.3 percent and lowest in September at 5.4 percent (Figure 1).

    Every year, Department of Labor releases unemployment characteristics per region categorizing them as age, gender, occupation and ethnic background and number of dependents. The 2011 unemployment characteristics showed that among all the eight occupation sub-categories, the largest proportion (54%) of all unemployed workers were found in the seafood processing industry (Figure 2). This is due to the seasonality of this occupation. Based on the age, 25% of all unemployed were between the ages of 45-54 and 1% was less than the age of 21. The Asian and Pacific Islanders constituted almost 58% of all unemployed in the ethnic background category. In terms of gender, 57% of the all unemployed were male.

     

  • New and Renewing Members

    Welcome new Chamber Members!

     

    Erica Young
    TON OF FUN
    PARTIES & MORE
    Pastor Rony Harden Sr.
    ABBA FATHER'S CHRISTIAN
    FELLOWSHIP CHURCH INC.
    Christian Schmidt
    LEISNOI INC. 
     
     
    Thank you to our renewing members!
     

     

    Walter & Linda Sargent
    F/V MAJOR INC.
     
    Debra Eggemeyer
    DEB'S NAILS & TANS
     
    David Anderson
    NATIVES OF KODIAK
     
    Laura Creighton, DC
    CREIGHTON CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC
     
    Charles Bona
    ERA AVIATION
     
     
     
    Andy Schroeder
    ISLAND TRAILS NETWORK
     
    Jerome Selby
    KODIAK TAX SERVICE
     
     
     
     
     
    Mary Guilas-Hawver
    PROVIDENCE KODIAK ISLAND COUNSELING CENTER
     
    Emily Salter
    EMILY'S ALTERATIONS & DESIGN
     
     
     
    Larry Taylor
    LARRY'S PLUMBING AND HEATING
     
    Dan Rohrer
    SUBWAY OF KODIAK
     
     
     
    David Bradbury
    KODIAK UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
     
    Ronald & Gladys Kutchick
    GRAND SLAM TOYS & CARDS
     
    Monte Hawver
    BROTHER FRANCIS SHELTER
     
     
     
     
     
    Danielle Adkins
    ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM
     
     
     
    Marita B. Calderon
    A TOUCH OF CLASS FLOWERS BY MARITA
     
    Ed Randolph
    STATE FARM
     
     
    Steven Gray
    LAW OFFICES OF STEVEN P. GRAY P.C.
     
    Micheal D. Brown
    SALTY FLY SAFARIS
     
     

     

  • April 2012 Board Meeting Minutes