Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Farmers’ market season is in full swing and I hope, like me and my staff, you’ve been sampling our local Alaska Grown goods! See the map below for your nearest market location or click for an interactive map. Did you know you can even support local goods at many of our big chain grocery stores? I’m proud of my Resources Committee Co-Chair, Rep. Geran Tarr, who has been putting a lot of time and effort into local food security issues and supporting our farmers, growers, bakers, and makers.
Made in China
In 2017, Alaska exported over $1.32 billion worth of goods to China, making them our largest trading partner.
This past May, I attended the Governor’s 10-day China Trade & Investment Mission, which was a partnership between the Governor’s Office of International Trade (OIT) and the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development (DCCED), in cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, the U.S. Embassy Beijing and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service. The purpose of this trip was to promote Alaska-based companies in China through coordination of business-to-government and business-to-business meetings, networking opportunities, events, and market briefings.
Our delegates—representing 26 local businesses and agencies—attended more than 25 meetings—below is the take-home.
Where we went:
Who We Met:
Meetings & Discussions:
Jack Cooper was a jovial 16-year old who, with his family, enjoyed Alaska to the fullest. He and his family spent a lot of time outside…hiking, fishing, laughing—he was the typical Alaskan teenager. His large extended (birth and adoptive) family supported him in his outdoors pursuits and his adoptive family participated in trail races together.
It was during one of these races, the 2017 Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb, that tragedy struck—Jack was on his descent from Bird Ridge when he found himself off the trail and pursued by a black bear, who took young Jack’s life. The family has placed a memorial bench on the Bird Ridge trail near the junior finish line to honor Jack’s memory; the race organizers renamed one of the courses “Jack’s Run”. You can read more on the ADN website.
Last week, Sen. Berta Gardner and I delivered a citation to Jack’s family at Catholic Social Services, which is the organization that arranged Jack’s open adoption 17 years ago.
Community Councils are a great way to get involved and stay informed about issues going on right in your own neighborhood. If you’re interested in attending the community council meetings, you can find more information on the Anchorage Federation of Community Councils’ website.
Dowling/Seward Highway Interchange Reconstruction
This project will complete the reconstruction of the Seward Highway over Dowling Road, and replace the current Dowling Road/Seward Highway interchange. The goal is to improve safety, serve both motorized and non-motorized travelers, be cost-effective, and be easy to maintain.
In follow-up to last month’s open house, an online survey has been created. If you would like to voice your thoughts, you can do so on the Online Survey.
For more information contact Anne Brooks, P.E., Public Involvement Lead.
Committee on Homelessness
When: July 18th, 11 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: City Hall, Mayor's Conference Room #830, 632 W. 6th Avenue
Assembly Community and Economic Development Committee Meeting
When: July 26th, 9-10:30 AM
Where: Permit Center, 4700 Elmore Road, Conference Room 170
If you have a topic or event that you would like to see in my next newsletter, feel free to get in touch with me or my staff. Please make note that my office will be based in Anchorage until session starts up in January.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I answer to you!