Last week I had the opportunity to address the Sitka Chamber of Commerce to discuss state issues with local business leaders.  Sitka has several major infrastructure projects scheduled during this next year and I was pleased to update the group on what the state is doing to grow the economy.  Projects such as raising the Blue Lake Dam, road improvements, and construction of a pool at Mt. Edgecumbe High School will provide jobs and improve the quality of life in our community.  I also briefed the group on arctic oil & gas issues, and discussions the legislature will have on how to best incentivize oil & gas development while ensuring Alaska gets its fair share from state owned hydrocarbon resources.

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