Wrangell was the host city for the Southeast Conference annual meeting on September 16-18. I always enjoy attending the Southeast Conference meetings. It’s a great opportunity to discuss local issues with community leaders and hear presentations on topics relevant to our region. The dates of the Energy Council’s annual meeting overlapped with the last day of the conference so I regret that I had to leave early. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with everyone and I want to thank the Southeast Conference staff and the Board of Directors for organizing another productive and informative conference. Also, special thanks to the residents of the City and Borough of Wrangell for your hospitality and all your efforts to make the conference a success.
This year, the conferees received updates on energy and economic development projects throughout the Southeast region such as hydro, mining, timber, mariculture, fisheries and the maritime industry. We also heard about the status of various transportation infrastructure projects in Southeast from state officials with the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Other interesting presentations covered the topics of local business, food sustainability, and the arts. I appreciate the contributions from all the public and private sector presenters.