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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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