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Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce hosts virtual Juneau Fly-In event

Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 4:07 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce is holding a 3-day, virtual Juneau fly-in event this week giving members an opportunity to hear presentations and have discussions with state legislators.

The event, which began on February 16th and runs until the 18th, traditionally involves some Fairbanks Chamber members flying to Juneau in order to meet with the legislators in person.

However, meetings are happening virtually this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fairbanks Chamber CEO and President Jinnel Choiniere said the priority issues being discussed this year include a long-term fiscal plan for Alaska, the state’s COVID-19 response, responsible resource development, and support for the state’s universities.

According to Choiniere, most members of the Interior Delegation have been met with so far. “We want to make sure that they know the business community here is paying attention to what’s happening there, and we want to make sure that they hear from us about what those priority issues are because when they’re down there, they have all sorts of things coming at them all day long. They have different meetings with different groups. They have requests coming from other legislators, a lot going on. So it’s important that they hear from us, ‘Here’s what we have going on and here’s what we’d like to see happening.’ "

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