Economic forum plans coming together

  • Mar. 10, 2006 9:00 a.m.

The QCI Chamber of Commerce’s economic forum plans are moving full-steam ahead, after major funding came through.
“I only just got the nod late yesterday afternoon,” chamber secretary Maggie Bell Brown said Friday. She was referring to a $6,000 grant from the Coast Sustainability Fund. The chamber already had $6,000 lined up from Northern Savings Credit Union. It’s budgeting about $14,000 for the weekend.
The forum will be held in Port on Saturday April 8, and focus on five areas: transportation, tourism, fishing, culture and forestry. A delegation from Prince of Wales Islands, Alaska will be on hand.
“(The) focus will be basically what can we learn from the Prince of Wales delegates’,” said Ms Bell Brown.
The delegation arrives April 6, and has a familiarization tour of the islands scheduled for April 7. Members return home April 9.
The forum involves a gala dinner as well as the working session, and should be a good opportunity for islanders to network among themselves as well as with the Alaskans, Ms Bell Brown said.