KPEDD Industry Outlook Forum

The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District's annual Industry Outlook Forum was held Jan. 10, 2018, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

PCHS

Albert Wall, CEO of Peninsula Community Health Services, talks about the health care landscape on the Kenai Peninsula.

Alex Douthit talks about his experience starting, with his wife, Sarah, their new business, Kenai Peninsula Driving Instruction.

Alyssa Rodrigues, development manager with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, gives a crystal-ball look into the economic future of Alaska.

Penny Gage, business development officer with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, talks about community-based funding strategies.

Alaska Humanities Forum

Jennifer Gibbins, Ben Mohr and Mary Peltola, of the Alaska Humanities Forum’s Alaska Salmon Fellows program, talk about building consensus around salmon.

Paul Ostrander, Kenai city manager, and Christine Cunningham, assistant to the city manager, talk about doing business in Kenai.

Foraker

Laurie Wolf, president and CEO of the Foraker Group, talks about the changing landscape for nonprofits in Alaska.

AOGA

Update on oil and gas industry activity in Alaska with Kara Moriarty, president and CEO of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.

Update on mining projects in the Alaska with Deantha Crockett, executive director of the Alaska Mining Association.

Update on the Alaska liquefied natural gas pipeline project with Fritz Krusen, vice president for LNG, and Nick Szymoniak, LNG negotiator, of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.

AVTEC

Workforce development on the Kenai Peninsula, with Cathy LeCompte, director of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward, Sean Dusek, superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and Gary Turner, director of Kenai Peninsula College.

KPEDD Forum: Hilcorp

Jan 12, 2018

Chad Helgeson, operations manager, highlights Hilcop projects.

Summer Lazenby, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, and Sarah Leonard, president of the Alaska Travel Industry Association, speak about travel and tourism trends in Alaska and on the Kenai Peninsula.

KPEDD

Bart Garber is the new executive director of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, overseeing many new programs and facilities in Kenai.

Marc Theiler, owner of Red Run Cannabis Co., in Kenai, talks about his business plan and the growth of the commercial marijuana industry in the face of federal challenges.

Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

Mike Navarre, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, speaks about facing Alaska's fiscal challenges.

Courtesy Charlie Pierce

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks about the budget deficit and economic development in the borough.

Kenai River Brewing

Doug Hogue, owner of Kenai River Brewing Co., speaks about the history and development of KRB in Soldotna.