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Themed "Foundational Transformations: Creating Future Growth & Prosperity", the IEDC 2015 Annual Conference will explore the topics of relationships and communication, infrastructure development and public financing, encouraging a robust private sector, and building effective economic development organizations and affiliates.


New Speaker Spotlight

Martin Buser, professional dog sled racer and small business owner, has won four Iditarod sled races and holds the record for most consecutive finishes. Born in Winterthur, Switzerland, Martin Buser became fascinated with sled dogs while still a teen. He came to Alaska in 1979 to enhance his knowledge of care and training of sled dogs. Martin spends a great deal of time speaking in schools on the humanitarian care of animals and the spirit of the Iditarod. Martin and his family reside in Big Lake, Alaska, where the family owns and manages Happy Trails Kennel.


		
Workforce Development Strategies | October 1-2 | Anchorage, AKIEDC Training Course: Workforce Development Strategies

Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy, and a critical decision point in today's business location decisions. This course explains the essential relationship between economic and workforce development. Course participants will learn what programs currently leverage federal, state/provincial, and local financial resources to support workforce development. Learn about what you can do through collaborative programs to build the workforce pipeline and upgrade the skills of your community's existing workforce. Other topics will include: the emerging demand-driven model in workforce development, sector strategies for targeted industry clusters, K-12 development and integration, occupational analysis, talent attraction, and more.

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Featured Special Event: Cook Inlet Housing Authority-Tour of Mountain View

Date: Monday, October 5
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Price: $55

The Cook Inlet Housing Authority's revitalized property known as Mountain View Village has had amazing impacts on the area's education, economic investment, reduction in crime and more. Hear from the Authority itself on how it created this award winning community.

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Arrive Early for an Alaska Adventure

Before the Annual Conference kicks off, IEDC is offering some exciting opportunities to explore the terrain of America's most northern state. Just a short walking distance from the hotel, board the Alaska Railroad and travel from Anchorage to Seward while riding in style in a premium dome car. Along the way, enjoy views of glaciers, wildlife and the soaring peaks of the Chugach Mountain Range. After your arrival, spend the day in Seward exploring the shops, restaurants and history of this charming seaside town before making the return rail journey to Anchorage in the evening.

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