World Trade Center Alaska 2006 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon
January 18, 2006
WTCAK 2006 Statewide Economic Forecast
Luncheon draws 500 attendees!
It was 11:20 a.m. and a line had already formed. Extra seating had been added to
accommodate the overflow of last minute reservations. Anticipation and excitement was
definitely in the air when the doors opened at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotels Howard
Rock ballroom on Wednesday morning. Through those doors came 500 business, government and
civic leaders who filled the ballroom to hear the 2006 WTCAK Statewide Economic
Forecast and to learn about how the rapidly rising economies of China and India
will impact Alaska and the rest of the country. They also gathered to hear the latest
report on Alaskas overseas exports, a growing sector that contributes more than $3.5
billion to the Alaskan economy. It was an information-rich event that did not disappoint.
Attendees received an informative, timely, inside view of how the Alaskan economy will
take shape in 2006 and an outline on how international trade is playing such an important
role in helping to strengthen and diversify the states economy.
If you were unable to attend, you can view the power-point presentations that were
presented at the luncheon by clicking on the following links below:
Statewide Economic Review and 2006 Forecast by Pat Burden,
President of Northern Economics
Rim Update by Sanjiv Sanghvi, President and CEO of the Wells Fargo-HSBC Trade
Bank, based in San Francisco
Benefit Alaskas Economy by Greg Wolf, Executive Director of World Trade
Also, keep an eye on your e-mail in-box
for information about how to purchase a copy of the full 2006 Statewide Economic Forecast.
The report will include all of the graphs and charts plus expanded analysis on each major
industry that could not be presented in its entirety at the luncheon.
Many thanks to Wells Fargo for their valuable sponsorship of this annual
event. Also, special thanks to ASCG and Alaska Interstate
Construction for sponsoring tables that enabled local university and high school
students to attend the luncheon.