EDD contest seeks brightest biz ideas

Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2004

In an attempt to discover economic ideas people may have, the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District has launched a new contest and is planning an "opportunities forum" at Kenai Peninsula College next month.

"To encourage dialogue and thought about the opportunities that our communities might exploit, EDD is introducing its first Great Ideas Contest," said director John Parker.

Everyone is invited to enter the contest, which offers prizes from $150 to $500. Winners will receive their awards at the Peninsula Opportunities Forum on April 16.

"The forum will be about discovering the economic opportunities that are hidden within our communities and the opportunities that will help us build a sustainable economy from the inside out," Parker said.

Contest entry forms are available online at www.kpedd.org or by calling Pam at 283-3335.

People of any age may submit an unlimited number of entries between now and April 9. No idea will be considered too big or too small, according to EDD.

Submissions will be awarded points on the amount of thought put into the idea, its job creation potential and how well it promotes the use of local resources.

The college forum, which costs $20 to enter, includes several panel discussions focusing on opportunities in various sectors of the economy. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. People may register by calling EDD or by visiting the EDD Web site.

Morning panel discussions will be repeated in the afternoon, allowing participants to attend the sessions of their choice.

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