Today is the day for "Meet Alaska," the annual conference of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, focused on the current and future health of Alaska's resource and support industries. This year's meeting, at Anchorage's Dena'ina Center, is the 30th and will provide an opportunity for both reflection on the past and perspective on the future.
As usual, the Alliance has arranged major speakers. Former New Jersey Governor and EPA Director Christine Todd Whitman gives the luncheon keynote speech. Patrick J. McCormick III, Special Counsel, Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will follow. Interspersed through the day are updates by ConocoPhillips, BP and ExxonMobil. Bruce Tangeman, Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue provides an overview of the Administration's thoughts on oil tax reform. The full agenda is available here.
Following Tangeman this afternoon, Jonathan King, from Northern Economics, and I will take on the subject of sustainable budgets in a panel format. It won't be pretty, but it is necessary. I will post the slide deck I use following the speech.