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DCI's "Economic Development Rising Stars" 

Jonathan S. Bittner, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Alaska

Jon is a fifth generation Alaskan with more than a decade of experience working in the public and private sectors within the state. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology with an environmental focus from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jon joined the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation in early 2011 as the director of business and economic development and was promoted to vice president in 2012, the youngest in the organization’s 35-year history. He currently serves as the youngest deputy commissioner in the state of Alaska in the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. He has received the IEDC Young Economic Development Professional of the Year award and was named an AK Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40. He lives in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife Juli Lucky and their two children, Charlotte and Atticus.

What’s the most overlooked issue facing economic development? I think that keeping up with the amazingly rapid changes in technology and cutting edge financing can prevent economic development professionals from knowing about all of the tools and techniques that are available to them, especially those in smaller communities. Things like cryptocurrencies, equity crowdfunding, commercial drone applications, 3D printing, crowdsourcing and commercial space exploration are already becoming old news but very few communities are taking advantage of what those areas have to offer, much less trying to get out in front of some of the cutting edge opportunities that are coming online now.

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City

Economic Development Agency

Phone

Anchorage

Alaska Village Initiative

(907) 274-5400

Anchorage

Alaska Ind Dev & Export Auth

(907) 269-3000

Anchorage

Alaska Div. Trade & Development

(907) 269-8110

Anchorage

Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

(907) 677-7105

Anchorage

Port of Anchorage

  (907) 343-6200   

Anchorage

Anchorage Economic Dev Corp

(907) 258-3700

Anchorage

Alaska Bus Dev Center

(907) 562-0335

Fairbanks

Fairbanks Economic Development Corp

(907) 452-2185

Fairbanks

Greater Fairbanks Chamber Of Commerce

(907) 452-1105

Homer

Port of Homer

Juneau

Juneau Econ Dev Council

(907) 463-3662

Juneau

Alaska State Chamber of Commerce

(907) 269-8112

Juneau

Alaska Div. of International Trade & Market Dev

(907) 465-2500

Kenai

Kenai Peninsula Borough Dev District (KPB)

(907) 283-3335

Kodiak

Kodiak Chamber of Commerce

(907) 486-5557

Kotzebue

Northwest Artic Borough

(907) 442-2500

Sitka

Sitka Eco Dev Association

(907) 747-1824

Skagway

Skagway Development Corporation

(907) 983-3414

Valdez

City of Valdez - FTZ

(907) 835-4564

Valdez

Port of Valdez

(907) 835-4564

Wrangell

Wrangell Econ Dev Dept

(907) 874-2381

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