Southeast Cluster Initiative: R&D
Cluster Co-chairs: Dave D’Amore, Pacific Northwest Research Station, USFS, and Shannon Atkinson, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UAF
One of the top ten priorities of the CBJ Assembly and one of the strategic objectives of JEDC is to promote and develop Juneau as a center for research. Jobs in research tend to pay high wages, and the work brings positive impacts on our community. A strong research community also represents an opportunity to spur innovation in Southeast Alaska’s key industries, including seafood, mining, forestry, tourism and government. Located in a unique climate and natural environment, Juneau is a place where researchers can deepen our understanding of complex resource development and environmental protection issues, such as sustainable mining practices and global climate change effects on Southeast fisheries.
In 2012, JEDC was invited to facilitate two scoping meetings to gauge interest in aligning research interests among federal and state laboratories, the University of Alaska and private industry in Southeast Alaska. The idea was enthusiastically endorsed, and in January of 2013, JEDC convened a steering committee, composed of a representative from the Pacific Northwest Research Station, USFS; the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UAF; the School of Arts and Sciences, UAS; the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center; and JEDC, to continue to move a research collaboration framework forward. The steering committee felt that a Cluster Working Group model of collaboration, as used by JEDC in its Southeast Cluster Initiative, could serve as a platform for developing specific action initiatives to align research interests. The committee met several times to lay the foundation for establishing an R&D Cluster Working Group (CWG).
The first meeting of the R&D Cluster Working Group was held Feburary 21, 2013. The meeting focused on identifying areas of opportunity for collaboration, cooperation and expansion of research capability. The discussion resulted in eight areas identified, and volunteers agreed to further develop the ideas into actionable initiatives prior to the next meeting of the R&D CWG.
The second meeting of the R&D Cluster Working Group was held May 9, 2013. Each initiative development team had met during the interim and developed proposals for implementation of each idea. Attendees reviewed the the motivation, objective, and action plan for each proposed intiative and provided feedback. Six initiatives were approved for launch, and volunteers were identified for implementation teams.
Southeast Alaska Research & Development Action Initiatives
Cluster Co-Chairs: Dave D’Amore, USFS and Shannon Atkinson, UAF/UAS