A Pacific Northwest industry leader says Southeast Alaska’s cluster initiative could create jobs and grow the economy.
Dave Klick of the Northwest Food Processors Association has been active in his region’s cluster efforts.
Cluster groups bring together industry members, government agencies and supporters to
come up with new ways of developing, manufacturing and marketing products. They’re a little like a task force.
Klick says Northwest efforts show cluster groups work.
“We’ve seen 600 jobs in the last four years that were created or saved, improved productivity of $13 million, over $100 million of cost avoidance. And political clout cannot be underscored,” he says.
Klick spoke at today’s Southeast Economic Summit at Juneau’s Centennial Hall, organized by the Juneau Economic Development Council.
The Southeast cluster effort is looking at the region’s visitor, forest and ocean products industries. It’s also looking at how to develop a renewable energy industry.
The summit gives cluster-group members a chance to compare notes and focus their lists of initiatives.
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- The federal government is moving forward with its review of Hilcorp's proposal to drill offshore for oil in the Arctic.
- A series of promising oil discoveries and a recent move by the Trump administration mean the vast, remote National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska is about to get a lot more controversial.
- Details are emerging slowly on the fire at the Peter Pan Seafoods processing plant in Port Moller. The 100-year-old plant caught fire late Tuesday night, and the blaze continued to burn Wednesday. The full scope of the damage is still unclear, but witnesses say it is extensive.