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World Trade Center Alaska Past Events

Dear WTCAK Members and Friends of the Center:

Our sincere 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 Lynden, Alaska USA, Pioneer Natural Resources, and Sealaska Corporation for their generous sponsorship of the luncheon. Thanks also to Alaska's Lt. Governor, Craig Campbell, 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 2010 Conference

On April 19 - 20, World Trade Center Alaska (WTCAK) staff attended the 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 international trade.

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 ( or call 907-271-6237.

Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (left) and Greg Wolf, Executive Director, WTCAK (right)
shake hands following a roundtable meeting during APBO.
Andrew Wylegala, Chief Commercial Consul, American Consulate General in Hong Kong (left) and Greg Wolf, Executive Director, WTCAK (right)

World Trade Center Alaska conducted a Mid-Session Legislative Update Dinner on March 13, 2010. This special dinner/reception featured Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Jay Ramras.

Senator Lesil McGuire

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

Date: March 13, 2010 (Saturday)

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Place: 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 read an 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 Forecast Luncheon
Wednesday, 13 January 2010

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, Howard Rock Ballroom

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell made the opening remarks at the 2010 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon

 The 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.

An International Economic Update.

Presented by a Gary Schlossberg, Vice President & Senior Economist of Wells Fargo Bank. Gary Schlossberg discussed economic trends in markets most important to Alaska's export industries.

How 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 well-being.

For presentations please click on following links:

Pat Burden Presentation

Greg Wolf Presentation

In case you missed the luncheon please find links to some of the media coverage below:


Juneau Empire

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner


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World Trade Center Alaska Events 2005 - 2008