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Industry education forum a great idea

Posted: February 14, 2013 - 4:56pm

Local energy officials, industry support representatives and residents will gather today for an event that’s a bellwether of what we’d like to see from the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet’s producers.

That is an open forum and a healthy dialogue about the resources our area relies on for its economics.

Starting early this morning, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance will host several speakers from various energy companies — Apache, Hilcorp, Cook Inlet Energy — and other groups and speakers in an effort to educate and open a dialogue.

We’ve said it until we’re blue in the face — it’s encouraging to have renewed interest and investment in the Cook Inlet basin. A renaissance, indeed.

Further, we like this trend of sharing. Sharing good news. Sharing information. Sharing exploration successes. And even sharing failures.

When we gather the industry together like this, and in the way that has been done at other venues and luncheons, we do several things. We encourage cooperation amongst the industry, but we also encourage development of business connections.

It is good for industry, good for support and for residents.

The event titled Riding the Wave of Resource Development, a Kenai Industry Education Forum, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai. It is $25 per person, which includes lunch and the reception.

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