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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 here 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:

  • Beijing
  • Chengdu
  • Shanghai
  • Hangzhou


Who We Met:

  • Governors of Heilongjiang, Hunan, and Sichuan Provinces
  • Vice-governor Hebei Province
  • Mayor of Chengdu
  • U.S. Ambassador to China (in Beijing)
  • Beijing Minister of Commerce
  • Officials from the U.S Consulate General in Chengdu
  • National Development and Reform Commission
  • China Sports Minister Gou Zheng, who oversees China’s Olympic team
  •, the world’s third-largest internet company by revenue, with 900 million users and 160,000 employees
  • Sinopec, a Beijing-based, state funded, oil & gas company
  • China National Aviation Fuel
  • Port of Shanghai
  • China Investment Corporation
  • Bank of China
  • Alibaba Group, the world’s largest retailer
  • Shandong Gold and Trilogy Metals


Meetings & Discussions:

  • 4th Annual Governor’s Forum in Chengdu
  • Green Development meeting (as part of the Governor’s Forum)
  • Alaska Seafood and Marketing Institute Forum
  • Opportunities to increase sales of Alaska seafood, beer, travel packages, and baby food directly to Chinese consumers.
  • The potential for year-round, Alaska-based training for Chinese athletes ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics
  • The establishment of direct flights between Alaska and China



Governor Walker, myself, and DCCED Commissioner Navarre at a meeting in Beijing, China.



Jack’s Run

     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.


 Sen. Berta Gardner and I recently presented a citation to the family of Jack Cooper honoring his memory a year after his tragic death.


Get Involved!

     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.


MUNI Meetings

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 


Contact me

     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!



Contact Me
1500 W. Benson Blvd., Room 403

Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 269-0265
(800) 465-4939


Contact Other Elected Officials

Governor Bill Walker


Senator Dan Sullivan


Senator Lisa Murkowski


Congressman Don Young


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