Economic Summit

Sitka’s Economic Status from the Perspective of Local Industries

Thursday, April 13th 3:00-5:00 pm
with a reception to follow from 5:00pm-6:00pm
Harrigan Centennial Hall

Greater Sitka Chamber Annual Economic Summit

The Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual Economic Summit to share with the community the current economic situation in Sitka from the perspective of our local industries.

Invited representatives from businesses and organizations give an overview of how their industry has performed in the past year and what their future looks like. Presenters include individuals from the City of Sitka, commercial fisheries, charter fisheries, healthcare, education, retail trade, cruise industry, tourism, the tribal community, non-profit groups, the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sitka Economic Development Association.

This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Sitka Chamber of Commerce at 747-8604 or info@sitkachamber.com.

2015 Economic Summit

The following representatives from businesses and organizations gave an overview of how their industry performed in the past year and what their future looks like:
 
City and Borough of Sitka: Mark Gorman, City Administrator
Education: Mary Wegner, Sitka School District
Healthcare: Rob Allen, Sitka Community Hospital
Tribal Community: Lawrence SpottedBird, Sitka Tribe of Alaska
Real Estate: Travis Vaughn
Arts Industry: Roger Schmidt, Alaska Arts Southeast
Sitka's Fisheries (Charter): Troy Tydingco, AK Department of Fish & Game
Retail Trade (Non-Tourism): Kristy Krews, Aurora Business Supply
Retail Trade (Tourism): Eugene Solovyov, Sitka Rose Gallery
Visitor Industry: Tonia Rioux, Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau
Cruise Industry: Chris McGraw, Old Sitka Dock

2014 Economic Summit

The following representatives from businesses and organizations gave an overview of how their industry performed in the past year and what their future looks like:

City and Borough of Sitka: Mark Gorman, City Administrator
Education: Steve Bradshaw, Sitka School District
Healthcare: Daniel Neumeister, COO of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)
Tribal Community: Rachel Roy, Economic Development Director for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska
Non-Profit Organizations: Willow Moore, Executive Director of Braveheart Volunteers
Sitka's Fisheries (Commercial): Steve Reifenstuhl, General Manager for Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA)
Retail Trade (Non-Tourism): Roger Hames, Hames Inc.
Retail Trade (Tourism): Ashley Eisenbeisz, Russell’s
Visitor Industry: Tonia Rioux, Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau
Cruise Industry: Fred Reeder, Port Manager for Cruise Line Agencies
Sitka's Economic Indicators: Garry White, Sitka Economic Development Association

2013 Economic Summit

The following representatives from businesses and organizations gave an overview of how their industry performed in the past year and what their future looks like:

City Government: Mim McConnell, City and Borough of Sitka Mayor
Education: Mary Wegner, Sitka School District Assistant Superintendent
Healthcare: Lee Bennett,Sitka Community Hospital Chief Financial Office
Tribal Community: Ted Wright, Sitka Tribe of Alaska General Manager
Non-Profit Organizations: Connie Sipe, Center For Community Executive Director
Sitka's Fisheries (Commercial): Craig Shoemaker, Seafood Producers Cooperative Plant Manager
Sitka's Fisheries (Charter): Seth Bone, Kingfisher Charter Owner & Operator
Retail Trade (Non-Tourism): Kristy Crews, Aurora Business Supplies Store Manager
Visitor Industry: Tonia Rioux, Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director
Sitka's Economic Indicators: Garry White, Sitka Economic Development Association



Following the Sitka Economic Summit, the Sitka Economic Development Association (SEDA) hosted an Economic Forum to generate ideas for how we can stabilize and improve Sitka’s economy.
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2012 Economic Summit

The following representatives from businesses and organizations gave an overview of how their industry performed in the past year and what their future looks like:

City and Borough of Sitka: Jim Dinley, City Administrator
Education: Steve Bradshaw, Sitka School District
Healthcare: Susan Labus, COO of Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)
Tribal Community: Dale Williams, Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Vice Chairman
Non-Profit Organizations: Bob Medinger, Executive Director for the Sitka Historical Society
Sitka's Fisheries (Commercial): Dan Falvey, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association (ALFA)
Sitka's Fisheries (Charter): Theresa Weiser, Sitka Charter Boat Operators Association (SCBOA)
Retail Trade (Non-Tourism): Dirk and Trish White, White’s Inc.
Retail Trade (Tourism): Eugene Solovyov, Sitka Rose Gallery
Cruise Industry: Michael Wien, Allen Marine Alaskan Dream Cruises
Visitor Industry: Tonia Rioux, Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau


2009 Economic Summit

The 2009 Economic Summit shared with residents the current economic situation in Sitka and sought ideas for improving the economy. Some of the presentations that were offered during the the summit:

City of Sitka Sales Tax Revenue for 2nd quarter 2009
SEDA
Fisheries Trends
Tribal Enterprises
Cruise Ship Outlook
SCVB Survey

Ideas Brought Forward From Economic Summit