Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference meets early next month, two of Kodiak's
three board seats will be up for election. Those seats are currently held by
Terry Haines of the Kodiak City Council and by Trevor Brown of the Kodiak
Chamber of Commerce. The other Kodiak seat is held by Louise Stutes whose term
ends in 2011.
The goals of the Southwest Alaska
Municipal Conference, or "SWAMC" as it's called, are three-fold.
The organization is focused on economic, community and organizational
development for communities in Alaska's
Brown, who is as the economic
development specialist for the Kodiak chamber explained the benefits of
Kodiak's membership in the group:
-- (SWMC 1 "It helps in ... all agree
that when SWAMC delivers a resolution to state lawmakers in Juneau, the unified
message can have more pull than that of individual cities.
month's conference, fishing and ocean issues dominate the agenda.
-- (SWMC 2 "Well, if you ... best we
that while each member city has its own unique concerns and differences, there
are also areas where the member communities see eye to eye.
-- (SWMC 3 "Everybody's for you ... our area too.")
He said that in addition to
helping the city of Kodiak,
serving as a director of SWAMC also offers benefits to the Kodiak Chamber of
-- (SWMC 4 "It helps with ... organization in that.")
Haines are both seeking re-election to the board of directors. According to the
SWAMC office, so far, no one else from Kodiak has filed to run for the two open