Dear WTCAK Members and Friends of the
thanks to all of you who helped make our special luncheon
on 17 August, featuring
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski,
a big success. A large audience of business, government, and civic
leaders gathered to hear her address on "Defending Alaska's Resource
Economy Against Government Overreach." It was an insightful address
on the challenges Alaska faces in the nation's capitol in seeking to
develop the state's vast natural resources and, in doing so,
increase our exports.
First and foremost, we want to thank Senator Lisa Murkowski
for speaking at the event. This was the third time since taking
office that she chose the World Trade Center Alaska forum to deliver
a major speech on international trade and resource development
issues important to Alaskans. We also want to express our thanks to
and Sealaska Corporation
for their generous sponsorship of the luncheon. Thanks also to
Alaska's Lt. Governor, Craig
for making the welcoming remarks and to
State Senator Lesil McGuire
and Susan Bell, State of Alaska Commissioner of the
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, for
joining us at the head table during the lunch.
Finally, many thanks to all of you who attended and helped make this
another successful event for the Trade Center.
WTCAK Staff Attends APBO
On April 19 - 20, World Trade Center Alaska (WTCAK) staff
2010 Asia/Pacific Business Outlook
Conference (APBO) in Los Angeles, CA. This annual
conference is designed to serve as a tool for communication
between private sector companies and the U.S. Commercial
Service. U.S. Department of Commerce representatives from 15
Asia/Pacific countries, as well as other government and
business leaders, gave presentations and conducted
one-on-one meetings at the conference. WTCAK is invited to
participate in the APBO Conference each year and, by
attending, is able to keep relationships with U.S.
Commercial Service officers abroad current. Some of the
speakers from the APBO Conference visit Alaska to give their
presentations at various WTCAK events and, also, many senior
commercial officers help WTCAK to conduct trade missions and
other activities in the region. WTCAK maintains close ties
with U.S. Commercial Service representatives in Asia/Pacific
Region as they are important partners of Alaska in
WTCAK staff were briefed by senior U.S. commercial officers on
important markets for Alaska like Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong
Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and other
countries. Currently, a number of the country presentations are
posted on the APBO website and we would like to share this valuable
source of information with you.
Please click on the following link to access the presentations:
In Alaska, WTCAK is a contract representative of the U.S.
Department of Commerce and operates the Alaska Export Assistance
Center on their behalf. For more information about the Alaska
Export Assistance Center, and the international trade services
available from the U.S. government, visit the website (www.buyusa.gov/alaska)
or call 907-271-6237.
Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director
General of U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (left) and
Greg Wolf, Executive Director, WTCAK
shake hands following a roundtable meeting during APBO.
Commercial Consul, American Consulate General in Hong Kong
(left) and Greg Wolf, Executive Director,
World Trade Center Alaska
Mid-Session Legislative Update Dinner
13, 2010. This special dinner/reception featured
Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Jay Ramras.
Currently Senator McGuire chairs the Senate Special
Committee on World Trade, Tech, & Innovations. She is also
the Chair of the Senate Energy Committee and the Co-Chair of
the Senate Resources Committee. For a detailed bio please
click on the link below.
Senator Lesil McGuire Bio
Representative Jay Ramras
Currently Representative Ramras chairs the House Special
Committee on Economic Development, Trade, & Tourism. In
addition, he chairs the House Judiciary Committee. For a
detailed bio please click on the link below.
Representative Jay Ramras Bio
March 13, 2010 (Saturday)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel,
The Summit (formerly Josephine's)
Lt. Governor Craig Campbell
made a presentation
"Asia: Prospects for the Future" at the Export
Council of Alaska and WTCAK joint Luncheon on Wednesday,
February 3, 2010
Please click on the following link to
article on trade between Alaska and Asia by Lt. Governor Craig
Campbell recently published in the Juneau Empire.
Sold Out - Thank You!
World Trade Center Alaska
2010 Statewide Economic
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, Howard Rock
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell
made the opening remarks at the
2010 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon
featured a three-part program:
The Statewide Economic Review
and 2010 Forecast.
Presented by Pat Burden, M.S., President
of Northern Economics. Burden reported on the state's major
industries, their contribution to Alaska's economy, and how
they would perform in 2010.
International Economic Update.
Presented by a
Gary Schlossberg, Vice President & Senior Economist of Wells Fargo
discussed economic trends in markets most important to
Alaska's export industries.
Exports Benefit Alaska's Economy.
Presented by Greg Wolf, Executive
Director of World Trade Center Alaska. Wolf reported on
Alaska's major export markets, export commodities and
services, and the impact of exports on Alaska's economic
For presentations please click on
In case you missed the luncheon please
find links to some of the media coverage below: