“Innovation is at the heart of economic development. Prioritizing entrepreneurism and adopting smart new strategies can open Alaska to new industries and possibilities.”
-Senator Mia Costello (R-Anchorage), Co-Chair

April 6, 2017

Juneau – The bipartisan, bicameral Alaska Innovation Caucus (AKIC) will hold its first meeting in the lecture hall of the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum located at 395 Whittier Street in downtown Juneau on Saturday, April 8th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Research by the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that net job creation is driven by business startups. Innovation is a central driver of high-growth startups, allowing companies to form around new products and services. The caucus will research and discuss policy options including:

• Encourage growth of globally competitive startups and greater access to venture capital;

• Simplify, and help startups navigate, regulatory frameworks within the state;

• Support development of startup mentorship networks; and

• Support entrepreneurship in schools and universities, including encouraging technology transfer and commercialization

“It’s far past time that Alaska’s government places an emphasis on innovation,” said Representative Fansler (D-Bethel), Co-chair. “In commerce, transportation, and communication, we can harness technology’s potential to nurture a new frontier of businesses and change the face of Alaska’s economy.”

For more information, contact Weston Eiler in Sen. Mia Costello’s Office at (907) 465-4968, Michelle Sparck in Rep. Zach Fansler’s Office at (907) 465-4942, or Sydney Kaufman in Sen. Begich’s office at (907) 465-3704. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 8th 9:00-11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building, Lecture Hall, 395 Whittier Street, Juneau
WHO:   Alaska Innovation Caucus
Co-Chair Sen. Mia Costello (R-Anchorage)
Co-Chair Rep. Zach Fansler (D-Bethel)
Sen. Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks)
Sen. Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer)                                                              
Sen. Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage)
Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage)
Sen. Tom Begich (D-Anchorage)              
Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage)
Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage)
Rep. Charisse Millett (R-Anchorage)
Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks)
Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka)
Rep. Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage)
Rep. Justin Parish (D-Juneau)
Rep. Jennifer Johnston (R-Anchorage)