World Trade Center Alaska
21st Annual Export Alaska Celebration Luncheon

 Alaska’s International Trade Community Gathers for 21st Annual Event

Alaska’s international trade community gathered on May 27, 2008 to celebrate another successful year of exporting to overseas markets. Presented by the Export Council of Alaska and World Trade Center Alaska, the 21st Annual Export Alaska Luncheon was conducted at the Egan Civic and Convention Center in downtown Anchorage and drew an audience of nearly 400 business and government leaders. Highlights of the event included Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s presentation of the newly launched Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence and a key note address by United States Senator Ted Stevens that focused on trade and energy. The Governor’s awards were expanded this year to provide recognition for excellence not only in exporting but also in fields such as international education, foreign direct investment, and transportation, among others. In addition, the Export Council of Alaska presented five students with education scholarships to help them pursue an international career.


Alaska Governor Sarah Palin presented the Governor's North Star Awards for International Excellence. United States Senator Ted Stevens made the key note address that focused on trade and energy.
The Kenai LNG Plant received the North Star Award in the exporting category. The plant, a joint venture of ConocoPhillips and Marathon, has shipped LNG to Japan since 1969. Pictured above receiving the award from Governor Palin is Lindsey Clark, (left) and Mitch Little (right).
Governor Palin presents a North Star Award to Ben Ellis, the Managing Director of the Institute of the North, for their work in promoting circumpolar transportation and communications.


Many Thanks to our Luncheon Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Aero-Metric, Inc
Alaska Railroad Corporation
PND Engineers, Inc
Teck Cominco Alaska, Inc
Udelhoven Oilfield System Service, Inc
Dowland-Bach Corp.
Shell Exploration and Production
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority