Each Chamber Member is encouraged to participate in one or more committees of interest to that member. While Committee participation definitely enhances your Chamber experience, it is NOT a requirement of membership.
Committees are the branches of the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. By uniting business professionals from a diverse group of individuals, industries and companies to form these committees, the Ketchikan Chamber’s impact is maximized.
Each committee meets regularly to advise the President and the Board on the implementation of Ketchikan Chamber objectives and strategies.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Committee Chair: Open
Meeting Schedule: 5:30 P.M. 3rd Wednesday ea. month
Location: Chamber of Commerce Offices
To support economic development and community infrastructure to ensure a stable economy with year-round employment; to promote a healthy business climate; advocating for new economic growth and development in all industry sectors.
- Fisheries / Marinculter Sub-Committee Chair: Mike Round
- Timber Sub-Committee Chair: Eric Nichols
- Mining Sub-Committee Chair: Andrew Spokely
- Retail / Tourism Sub-Committee Chair: OPEN SEAT
If you think that another subcommittee should be formed, just could not find one to meet your needs, come to the meeting and we will probably form it and you will be chair. Perhaps Real-estate or Housing Construction could be subcommittees—- just need someone to come forward. The Chamber is looking for a less ridged approach to committees one that gets more people involved but does not drag them off to more meetings.
What are the subcommittees designed to do?
Take the local knowledge about what is needed, possible, or problematic and get it before the Board for discussion and or action. Each sector has its own unique view of Ketchikan and what needs to be done.
You know better than most what would improve your business or should be developed to help Ketchikan Grow.
Meeting Schedule: 4:30 P.M. 2nd Thursday ea. month
Location: Chamber of Commerce Office
Organize the Chamber’s annual fund-raising event, the Enchanted Forest Auction and Dance, First City Business Expo, annual Royalty Contest and the annual July Fourth Parade for the community to enjoy.
PUBLIC RELATIONS / MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE
Committee Chair: Miguel Torres
Meeting Schedule: 12:00 P.M. Last Friday ea. month
Location: Ocean View
To build a stronger Chamber of Commerce for the business community by strengthening our Chamber rolls through increased membership. To reach out to the membership and encourage active participation and endorsement of the Chamber Mission, Vision and Goals
Committee Chair: Dick Coose
Meeting Schedule: TBA
Monitor and make recommendations on transportation issues that affect our community. This committee carefully follows the North and South Tongass Highway upgrades, Tongass Ave thru town (Wolf Pt to USCG base), City street mtce & improvements, Gravina Island access, Borough Bus including summer free shuttles for tourists, Shelter Cove Road, the safety of local traffic crossings, access on Gravina Island, and other pertinent issues.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Committee Chair: Doug Ward
Meeting Schedule: TBA
Strengthen understanding and cooperation between adult and youth educational institutions and the business community. The committee administers the Jack McBride Memorial Scholarship Fund, grades job applications, and present Youth Recognition Awards.
GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Committee Chair: Sam Bergeron
Meeting Schedule: 12:00 P.M. 2nd Friday ea. month
Location: Chamber Conference Room
Eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in local government spending. a vision of an efficient, well-managed government that is accountable to the taxpayers. Review local spending – including local infrastructure projects and proposed funding formulas / project cost analysis, and oversight and review of bid process / local bidder preference. Continual oversight and review of local tax regulations and structure