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  • COMMITTEES

  • Advocacy committees advise the Chamber on issues which may affect our members. Any employee of a member organization in the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce may apply to become a member of the advocacy committees below.

    Guests are welcome at any Chamber committee meeting (membership is not required). We encourage you to attend a meeting or two as a guest to learn about the committee's focus and activities. Click the blue button below to join a committee email list and stay in the know.

     

  • Complete the form below to apply for committee membership. You will be contacted with the result of your application after it is reviewed by the chair of the relevant committee and the Board of Directors.

  • Workforce Development & Education Workforce Development & Education

    Mission Statement:

    The Workforce Development & Education Committee serves to advise Chamber members on matters of education that relate to the business community and promote a quality educational system. 


    Meeting Time:

    10:30 - 11:30 AM on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month


    Co-chairs:

        Heidi Haas
        ACCA
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        Amanda Langhorst
        UAF
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    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Meredith Maple, Fairbanks Children's Museum
    2. Juanita Webb, Explore Fairbanks
    3. Candy Jo Bracken, Alaska Powercom Supply
    4. Debra Steed, UAF Community & Technical College 
    5. Brenna Schaake, Kinross Alaska 
    6. Andrea Wade, FNSB School District
    7. Renicka Gober, Kathy Mayo & Associates 
    8. Ruby Oatman, AGC
    9. Les Nichols, Fairbanks Nissan

    Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Energy, Environment & Natural Resources

    Mission Statement:

    The Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee focuses on the concerns of economical delivery, production and end-use of energy for our residents and advocates for the development and use of Alaskan's natural resources and strives to have a working knowledge of technical, financial, and political aspects surrounding development.


    Meeting Time:

    7:30 - 8:30 AM on the 4th Wednesday of each month


    Chair:

         Lou Florence

         Doyon Utilities
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    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Meadow Bailey, Kinross Alaska
    2. Lisa Cassino, Usibelli Coal Mine
    3. Joni Scharfenberg, Fairbanks Soil & Water Conservation District
    4. Kayla Smith, Black Gold Transport
    5. Katie Yarrow, Interior Gas Utitlity
    6. Ashley Bradish, GVEA
    7. Genevieve Bell, Flowline Alaska
    8. Rick Solie, Tower Hill Mines
    9. Ken Hall, Lyndon Transport 
    10. Leif Olson, Stantec
    11. David Fish, Aurora Energy

    Government Relations Government Relations

    Mission Statement:

    The Government Relations Committee monitors proposed or existing laws, policies and regulations affecting Chamber members or its mission. The Committee takes a proactive posture in advancing matters of importance to our community or our state. From time to time, the Committee submits formal recommendations to the Board and takes a lead role in advocating Chamber positions externally. 


    Meeting Time:

    9:00 - 10:00 AM every Tuesday


    Chair:

         Lisa Cassino
         Usibelli Coal Mine
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    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Rebecca Dean, Dean & Associates, LLC
    2. Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving & University Redi-Mix
    3. Scott McCrea, Explore Fairbanks
    4. Meg Nordale, GHEMM Company
    5. David van den Berg, Downtown Association
    6. Jimi Cash, Jewel Isaac LLC

    Military Affairs Military Affairs

    Mission Statement:

    The Military Affairs Committee promotes cooperative relationships between the military and Interior Alaskan businesses to maintain and enhance the economic value of our military installations.


    Meeting Time:

    9:00 - 10:00 AM on the 2nd Friday of each month


    Co-Chairs:

         Tom Hough
         UAF
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        Tim Jones
         Doyon Utilities
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    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Lisa Cassino, Usibelli Coal Mine
    2. Rebecca Dean, Dean & Associates, LLC
    3. Charity Gadapee, Explore Fairbanks
    4. Steve Lundgren, Denali State Bank
    5. Lisa Slaba, Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
    6. Althea St. Martin, Individual Member
    7. Klifton Scroggins, Konica Minolta Business Solutions
    8. Ron Johnson, North Haven Communities 
    9. Doug Isaacson, Minto Development Corp. 
    10. Ashley Bradish, GVEA
    11. Jonathan Huff, AUP
    12. Renicka Gober, Kathy Mayo & Associates 

    Transportation and Infrastructure Transportation and Infrastructure

    Mission Statement:

    The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advocates for improvement and growth in transportation and infrastructure for the Northern Region. This includes roads, railroad, aviation, terminals, water access, utilities, and building infrastructure with a goal to enhance Fairbanks as an Alaska transportation hub and increase the capability to service international traffic.


    Meeting Time:

    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. every Thursday


    Chair: 
        Patrick Cotter
        RESPEC
        
       

    Volunteer Committee Members:

    1. Don Galligan, Fairbanks North Star Borough
    2. Tom George, AOPA
    3. Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving & University Redi-Mix
    4. Clark Milne, Individual Member
    5. Kayla Smith, Black Gold Transport
    6. Lori Harmon, GHEMM Company 
    7. Melissa Osborn, DOWL
    8. Juliet Shepherd, Shepherd et al. 
    9. Roger Burggraf, Greatland River Tours
    10. Doug Isaacson, Minto Development Corp. 
    11. Stan Halvarson, Atlantic/Alaska Aerofuel
    12. Alicia Amberg, AGC
    13. Christy Terry, Alaska Railroad Corp.