The Association of Village Council Presidents is getting ready to host an Economic Development Summit in Bethel. The event will start October 7 right before the association’s annual convention.
Brent Latham is AVCP’s Economic Development Coordinator. He says the economic summit will focus on energy.
“These two events are separate but the economic development summit is planned to role into the convention,” Latham says. “Energy is a vital ingredient to a healthy economy and you know that a lot of our projects are hampered because of our high energy costs in conducting business here in this region.”
The agenda runs all day starting at 8:15 a.m. It includes guest speakers from the statewide groups: the Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative.
It also includes several regional speakers like the Chaninik Wind Group, which was created to provide wind power in Kongigank, Kwigillingok, Tuntutuliak and Kipnuk.
Latham says through out the morning’s agenda they hope to identify the energy challenges in the region and then in the afternoon, find some solutions. He says the overall goal is to combine efforts and create actions to address the region’s energy challenges.
“We are looking on ways on how we can get outcomes,” Latham says. “Right now, we’re thinking those outcomes will be a resolution that comes out of the summit itself and then proposed to the AVCP convention for delegates to possibly approve.”
The deadline to register for AVCP’s Economic Energy Summit is October 2.
Tables are available at the event.
For more information, you can contact Brent Latham at 543-7386.
Registration sheets are also available on-line at avcp.org