Economic forum will nurture ideas for brighter future

Posted: Friday, December 06, 2002

Kenai Peninsula residents once again have the opportunity not only to learn more about where they live

and do business but also to shape the peninsula's future during this year's economic outlook forum.

The event, scheduled for today and Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College, is offering a wealth of information, including:

Perspectives from the Kenai Peninsula's incorporated cities that provide a look at the business climate in each;

Economic projects on the horizon;

An update on Seldovia Native Association's plans;

Barriers to economic and workforce development;

Ramifications of ongoing school contract negotiations and declining enrollment;

High-tech opportunities that are realistic for the peninsula.

Break-out sessions will allow participants to define their values and share their vision for the future of the Kenai Peninsula, as well as brainstorm ideas for specific industries such as tourism, timber, health care, oil and gas, and commercial fishing.

Eric Wohlforth, chair of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., is slated to give the keynote address today.

The two-day forum is a mini-course on business -- and doing business better -- on the peninsula.

The forum is a chance for the peninsula to get a good view of where it's headed -- and see if adjustments are needed. It's a chance to brainstorm ideas with business and community leaders. It's a chance to inspire and be inspired about what can and should be done to make the peninsula the best possible place to live and do business.

Ideas from the forum will be incorporated into a strategic development plan, a requirement of many foundations and agencies that help fund local development.

The bottom line: The forum offers a great opportunity, no matter what one's line of work is.

A round of applause to all those who are helping to make it possible.

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