Innovation Summit (2012, 2013)

Economic Research
The Challenge: 

Collaboration is primary in the methodology behind industry clusters and is essential for the success of the Southeast Cluster Initiative. The opportunity for industry cluster groups, not only to meet face to face, but also to have shared discussion of cross-industry best practices is vital to the process. As well, there is a continuous need to expand awareness of national and world-wide best-practices, and to engage policymakers and other leaders in moving initiatives forward.

The Solution: 

2012 Economic Summit
JEDC developed the first Summit to bring together four cluster working groups to advance their work and, by extension, the Southeast Alaska economy. This summit included working sessions and progress reports on Cluster initiatives, sessions on common issues impacting regional economic foundations, and an industry/government policy panel discussion. jedc.org/summit

2013 Innovation Summit
In the second year, JEDC broadened the event’s scope to include additional development topics. Innovation being a key driver of a modern economy we changed the name and redefined the mission of the summit to support and drive innovation in our region. Highlighted were dynamic speakers on topics such as Shared Value and The Role of Government in Supporting Innovation and panel discussions with innovative Alaskan business leaders, as well as federal and state policymakers. jedc.org/innovation/2013-innovation-summit-review

2014 Innovation Summit
Building on the success of 2013, JEDC is planning the 2014 event to highlight best practices in innovation. Featured speakers in 2104 will be the founder of the Iceland Ocean Cluster, as well as the Policy Director from the National Governors Association and regional legislators. The event will showcase the final winners of the Path to Prosperity entrepreneurship competition. jedc.org/innovation

Reference: 

Contact: Beth Pendleton, Regional Forester, US Forest Service
Phone: (907) 586-8863
Email: bpendleton@fs.fed.us