Mat-Su Regional Spring Economic Summit Conference Schedule

Mat-Su Spring Economic Summit Conference Schedule

“Everything Runs Through Us”

Morning Session

9:00 AM – Opening Remarks – Mayor Ledford

9:30 AM – Keynote Address: “Embracing Change, Encouraging Growth”

The state’s economic outlook, upcoming projects, and the importance of community and industry collaboration.

10:30 AM – Panel Discussion: “Parade of Industry”

An overview of Mat-Su’s diverse industrial landscape.

Panelists: Randy Ruaro (AIDEA); Tim Breeden (Northrim); Susan Childs (US Gold/Fairweather); (Additional pending final confirmations)

11:30 AM – West Susitna Access Road Update

Update on the project’s progress, challenges, and opportunities.

        Jacob Gondek (DOT); Randy Ruaro (AIDEA)

12:00 PM – Lunch Break & Networking

Afternoon Session

1:00 PM – Welcome back from Lunch – Mayor Devries

1:00 PM – Tourism & Tourism Workforce Presentation

Insights into the region’s tourism trends, workforce development, and strategies for sustainable growth.

  Casey Ressler (Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau)

1:45 PM – Pop-Up Discussion: “Barriers to Business”

An open forum for attendees to discuss challenges, share experiences, and propose solutions.

3:00 PM – Panel Discussion: “Planes, Trains, and More – Connecting Mat-Su to the World”

Exploring the future of transportation, energy, resources, and partnerships in Mat-Su.

Panelists: Meghan Clemens/Brian Lindamood (ARRC); Michael Burke (MTA); Julie Estey (MEA); (Additional pending final confirmations)

4:00 PM – Business Spotlights

5-minute presentations from local businesses showcasing their contributions to the economy and community.

4:30 PM – Closing Remarks

Adjustments may be necessary based on speaker availability, participant feedback, and logistical considerations.

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