considerable talk these days about the economic downturn, debt and joblessness.
But at Monday's Chamber of Commerce gathering in Kodiak, there was a more
optimistic kind of message that was served up along with lunch.
Marty Owen was the featured speaker at the chamber's member luncheon. He gave a
presentation about Kodiak's new large boat lift. Owen showed pictures of the
boat lift as he shared its story with the group that was gathered at the Kodiak
-- (Boatlift 1 "Now this boat ... we already have.")
The Kodiak boat lift is part of
what's called an "open yard." Once boat owners contract to have their boat
lifted, they can hire whomever they want to service their boats. That differs
from a "closed yard" where boat owners are obligated to pay for services from
the boat yard owners.
showed pictures of boats that have used the lift, Owen talked about what he
sees as opportunities for local businesses.
-- (Boatlift 2 "This is actually ... on my
And to be on that "list" a
vendor needs to pay an annual fee of 300 dollars, be insured, have a business
license and collect sales tax.
emphasize the economic possibilities Owen showed pictures of a businessman who
recently moved to Kodiak.
-- (Boatlift 3 "This gentleman here ... do some work.")
And for more about the new
boatlift be sure to listen tomorrow for the second part of this story.