Trade Line E-newsletter

World Trade Center Alaska

Message from Executive Director:

20 February 2007

Dear Members and Friends of the Center:

2007 is off to a rapid start. The Trade Center has been very busy as the New Year gets underway, in January conducting the 2007 Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon in Fairbanks and Anchorage and planning for a series of events and programs that will occur later this year. Most of you know already that this is a special year for the Trade Center—we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary. We plan to conduct a number of special events to commemorate this milestone and, in addition, we will introduce new programs and services to serve you better.

Speaking of the New Year, let me wish you Gung Shi Fat Tsai—the traditional Chinese New Year greeting that means “Congratulations and Get Rich!” On Sunday (18 February) I joined with some 900 other Alaskans to celebrate the Chinese New Year at an event held at East High School.

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Enter the Dragon

The Chinese New Year celebration, that took place at East High School last Sunday, started with the entrance of several dragons to the auditorium. This was followed by a number of music and dance performances. It was a delightful afternoon of food and entertainment to celebrate the “Year of the Golden Pig.”

This annual gathering was organized by the Alaska Chinese Association and featured Chinese food and a variety of cultural performances. The celebration got off to loud and colorful start as several dragons entered the auditorium to the beat of drums and bells.

china1.jpg (69952 bytes) 2007 is the “Year of the Golden Pig”, an especially auspicious year for good fortune. Our congratulations to Edwin Chan, the president of the Alaska Chinese Association, and his group that conducted the event.

Be sure to mark you calendar now so that you so you won’t miss our upcoming luncheon meeting: On Wednesday, 7 March, Harold Heinze, the CEO of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, will provide an important update on the status of various scenarios to commercialize Alaska’s North Slope gas reserves. Heinze will present “Connecting Alaskans to the Their Natural Gas” at the luncheon that begins at 12 Noon and is conducted at the Wells Fargo Bank Building (5th Floor Boardroom) on the corner of Northern Lights and “C” street.

Japanese Consul Yoshio Uchiyama will be the featured speaker at our luncheon on Wednesday, 4 April. Japan is Alaska’s long-standing number one trading partner and a major investor in Alaskan industries. We are looking forward to Consul Uchiyama’s presentation. This event will also be held at Wells Fargo Bank, beginning at 12 Noon. To make your reservations for these luncheon meetings, please call the Center at 278-7233 or let us know by e-mail:


“Gung Shi Fat Tsai”

Greg Wolf, the executive director of WTCAK, exchanges New Year’s greetings with Edwin Chan, the president of the Alaska Chinese Association.

Visit our web site,, regularly for announcements, special reports and other updates. I hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Best Regards,

Greg Wolf
Executive Director

"Serving Alaska's Business Community Since 1987"