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2459 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: advocacy 
Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is regulated by a 25-member Board of Directors, each representing varied and diverse perspectives. This diversity allows for conversations among small and large business members and allows for considering public and private interests.  Ultimately, the economic health and welfare of the area is the underlying driver that defines how the Board of Directors makes decisions.   The Board of Directors utilizes smaller committees to address and oversee projects, events, or other issues. Currently, committees include a Legislative Committee, an Events Committee, a Finance Committee, and a Nomination Committee. The Legislative Committee meets with Legislative members via a breakfast where issues and platforms relevant to state, local and regional topics may be discussed. During the year, Legislative Delegates are invited to the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce bimonthly Luncheon Forums, open to the public and allowing opportunity for the community to engage with them.   The Events Committee works with the Chamber staff on signature Chamber events of Bear Paw Festival, Annual Dinner/Auction, Merry Merchant Munch, Beautification Tea/Brunch and the Annual Golf Tournament. The Finance Committee works with the Chamber's Executive Director on issues of finance and budget, sustainability plans, insurance and other operational items that require budgetary consideration.   Finally, the Nomination Committee is engaged to oversee the nominations and election process for the Board of Director Seats. Elections are held in the early fall annually, with a slate of elected and/or appointed Directors named and ratified at the annual Board retreat.  
2459 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: history chamber visitor center information 
  The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber had its humble beginnings in 1970 through dedicated local business folks and local residents who desired to advocate for and serve our small but growing community of under six thousand.  With the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska just two years earlier, the community was seeing a shift toward rapid growth that completely redefined this sleepy corner of Alaska. Today, the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber serves an area of 35,000 people and is part of the larger Municipality of Anchorage (population of approximately 300,000). Traveling to this community is easy on the fully lit six lane highway that connects the two areas.   At its inception, the Chamber’s mission was, and continues today to be, an organization whose energies are focused on the promotion and development of a sustainable and vibrant economic and civic environment. The Chamber of Commerce also provides Visitor Center services with brochures on businesses, recreation, entertainment, dining, hiking and more to enjoy while visiting our area or Alaska in general. So whether you are new to town, or a resident with questions about our communities, we invite you to stop by to visit with us.  
2793 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: member2member discounts business save referral member 
Member2Member options provide a way to work with other businesses to share customers and enhance your and their business! All you need to do is visit these stores or businesses, mention that you are a current Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce member and receive a discount on products and services.   M2M is a value add to your Chamber membership. Let us put you in touch with other businesses - and we know that once you meet, you'll find ways to partner and support each other in many ways. If your business would like to participate, simply email your offer of 40 words or less to The offers are updated once a month and are not removed until you give permission. Questions? Call Dana at 694.4702.      
2797 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: location address phone number directions 
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is located in the Eagle River Town Center across the hall from the Chugiak-Eagle River Library. Community & Visitor Information Center hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Location: 12001 Business Boulevard Suite 108 Mailing Address: PO Box 770353 Eagle River AK 99577-0353 Telephone: 907.694.4702   Sign Up for Chamber E-Newsletter! Fax: 907-694-1205 E-mail: Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber Website Bear Paw Festival Website Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation Website View Larger Map
2797 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: director chamber executive leader supervisor community 
The Chamber of Commerce is here for YOU! After serving on the Board of Directors for the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce for two years, I have been equally honored to serve as the Executive Director these past 19 months. I am leaving the Chamber effective 12.15.17 and Debbie Rinckey will replace me in the position of Executive Director. Please stop by the office to say hello to Debbie and see how the Chamber can support you, the community and our businesses! Thank you for a wonderful experience in Eagle River and Chugiak! Warm regards, Dana Thorp Patterson, Executive Director
2797 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: president 
The Chugiak Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is one of the many things that makes our community the best place to live, work and play in the state of Alaska. Having been born and raised in the community, I've spent a majority of my life working with this organization to promote our community and the events that help make it the best place to be in the state.   Over the past few years, the Chamber and State have seen a number of changes. I want to reassure everyone that the board of directors, alongside myself, and the Chamber staff are continuing to work to promote and advocate the needs of our local community. We will continue our ongoing work with state, local and national legislative bodies; promote our community businesses, resources and schools; and as always put on some of the best events in the state such as Bear Paw Festival.   We are all wanting to hear our member's concerns and what you need from us. I am here to serve you, so please feel free to contact the Chamber office with any concerns that you may have.   This is an important time for our community and the Chamber. We will continue to strive to be the best chamber in the state, and stand behind our members to make their business flourish. I hope you will join us and enjoy the benefits of membership and support our mission. Colin Fay Board President 2017-2019
2797 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: history 
History of Chugiak-Eagle River In the Beginning For thousands of years, human activity along the eastern side of Knik Arm primarily revolved around seasonal hunting and fishing activities by the indigenous Dena'ina Athabascan people. “The last frontier” with its promise of the gold brought prospectors, fur traders and missionaries through the area. Alaskan Railroad The true unlocking of Alaska's wealth began with the completion in 1923 of the Alaska Railroad, totally financed and constructed by the federal government. From the Port of Seward, the railroad was extended to the interior community of Fairbanks. One of the earliest segments to be built was from Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage north to the Matanuska Valley coal fields. Ship Creek became the hub of activity as a construction camp and supply terminal site and later became the main rail yard, railroad headquarters and ultimately the center of activity which permanently established Anchorage as a new community. Growth of Eklutna Little growth occurred in Anchorage or north in the Chugiak-Eagle River area after the completion of the railroad. An exception, however, was at Eklutna. In 1924, the U.S. Department of Interior established a home at Eklutna for Native children orphaned by the 1918 influenza epidemic. The home was soon converted to a boarding school called the Eklutna Industrial School, which offered vocational training to high-school age youths from throughout western Alaska. By 1930, enrollment had reached 110 students, making it the largest of the territory’s three vocational schools. A post office was also established at Eklutna in 1926. Eklutna Hydroelectric In 1928, an Anchorage entrepreneur obtained a federal license to construct a hydroelectric project in the Eklutna Valley. Completed in 1930, the project included a storage dam at Eklutna Lake, a diversion dam seven miles downstream on the Eklutna River, a 1,900 foot tunnel and an 870 foot penstock to channel the water to the power house located a short distance from Eklutna village. Because of the size of the operation, housing was also constructed at the site for permanent full-time personnel. The power plant operated for more than 25 years and was a major source of electricity for Anchorage. Homesteading Interest in homesteading in the Chugiak-Eagle River area grew during the 1930’s following establishment of the Matanuska Colony and construction of the Palmer Highway through Chugiak-Eagle River, linking Palmer (to the North) and Anchorage (to the South.) Initiated as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal Program, the Matanuska Colony was seen as a way to help farmers escape the drought and poverty of the Midwest while, at the same time, helping to establish agriculture in Alaska. World War II With the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, military leaders began to anticipate United States involvement. This led to the establishment of Fort Richardson military Reservation and, later Elmendorf Air Force Base (today referred to as JBER – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richarson.) Most of the lands were acquired between 1940 and 1943. The establishment of the military reservation clearly separated Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River areas. However, the army post did provide a market for the small farming and livestock raising activities undertaken by early Eagle River homesteaders. After World War II Additional land was made available for homesteading and small five-acre home sites. Terms for land ownership were also made more attractive, particularly for ex-military personnel. Homesteading, however, seldom provided enough of a livelihood to support a family. Rapid Growth 40’s & 50’s The 40’s and 50’s saw rapid population growth. The population of the greater Anchorage area rose from 4,229 in 1939 to 82,736 in 1960, primarily as a result of national defense efforts associated with World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. Large numbers of military personnel were assigned to Anchorage, while high paying jobs associated with military construction projects also attracted large numbers of civilians. Population Growth Chugiak-Eagle River’s population grew from an estimated few hundred people in 1939 to 2,229 in 1960. During this period, many G.I.’s were exposed to the attractions of the Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River areas. After World War II, additional land was made available for homesteading; however, it seldom provided enough of a livelihood to support a family. Consequently, most homesteaders commuted to jobs at Fort Richardson or Anchorage. These land use and job commuting patterns which were established following World War II throughout the Chugiak-Eagle River area have continued to the present. Through the late 40’s and 50‘s, more families settled in Eagle River and Chugiak. In 1947, families living near present-day Chugiak formed a school club and decided to call their area “Chugiak”, a Dena'ina word meaning “a place of many places.” As Eagle River and Chugiak grew, however, Eklutna declined. In 1945, the Eklutna post office was closed as was the Eklutna Industrial School, which was eventually relocated to Sitka. Some Eklutna villagers moved to Anchorage where jobs were more readily available. The 1960’s The Anchorage area continued to grow during the 1960’s, with the population of Chugiak-Eagle River area doubling. Much of the population growth was related to continued federal government activities, as well as post-1964 earthquake reconstruction. Out of the increase of 43,597 people in the greater Anchorage area during this decade, 3,603 settled in Chugiak-Eagle River. Eagle River took on the look of a small town as some of the original homesteads were subdivided into small lots served by community wells. Small businesses which had been established during the 1950’s to serve the local population and travelers along the Glenn Highway, increased in number. However, Chugiak and other outlying areas to the north and up the mountain valleys remained rural and undeveloped. As the Chugiak-Eagle River settlements grew, the need for public services also rose. Most community services were provided by local service clubs and organizations. One of the earliest and longest-lasting, for example, is the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department. Trans-Alaska Pipeline As a result of the Trans-Alaska pipeline, from 1980 to 1985, Chugiak-Eagle River’s population grew from 14,800 to 25,067 people. New schools were constructed to accommodate the influx of people and roads and utilities were upgraded. The Glenn Highway between Anchorage and Eagle River was expanded to six lanes with highway lighting creating a pleasant and safe commute. A second bridge, the Briggs Bridge, over Eagle River was constructed and connected to the Glenn Highway in 1993.   Present Day Today, based on mid-decade estimates from Alaska’s Department of Labor, the population of Chugiak-Eagle River is right at 35,600.  The community has a vibrant business district, two full high schools, two middle schools, eight elementary schools that includes one charter school. All public schools operate under the jurisdiction of the Anchorage School District. Much of the remaining developable land in the Municipality is owned by Eklutna Native Corporation. In fact, through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Eklutna Native Corporation is the single largest private landowner in the Municipality of Anchorage. Eklutna Native Corporation has provided much land for schools in the area and developed some of the most beautiful properties, both commercial and residential, in Chugiak-Eagle River. Recreational activities are diverse and include lots of local parks with ADA accessible playground equipment.  Additionally, five Municipal baseball fields are available for team play at Loretta French Park in Chugiak. Six more baseball fields are located at Eagle River Lions Park along with facilities for Pop Warner Football. Extensive trail systems are maintained in Chugiak and Eagle River for both Nordic ski and dog mushing. Downtown Eagle River Commons Park has eight acres of developed open space, a covered stage / amphitheater, the first fully accessible playground in Alaska, and a connecting trail to the Glenn Highway bike trail.  Eagle River/Chugiak Town Center is located in the heart of downtown and is home to Municipal offices, the Chugiak-Eagle River library and the Chamber of Commerce. Chugiak-Eagle River continues to attract visitors and new residents alike because of its pristine beauty and modern conveniences. New subdivisions are in the planning stages that will accommodate those wishing to relocate to this area. However, plenty of open space remains allowing residents and visitors to thrive in this beautiful Alaskan environment. Reference:  State of Alaska, Department of Labor, Chugiak-Eagle River Comprehensive Plan, Municipality of Anchorage Planning Department; Chugiak-Eagle River Parks & Recreation   Individual (since 1970) Organization (since 1970) Volunteer Service Award President's Award Excellence in Community Award Spirit of the Festival Award 2011 Leslie Lance Eagle River Boys & Girls Club Terry Beaty MTA Peggy Hayashi Spenard Builders Supply 2012 Colin Fay Eagle River Rotary Rep Bill Stoltze Heart to Heart Pregnancy Resource Center Rep Anna Fairclough River of Life Lutheran Church 2013 Mitch Braham Eagle River Nature Center Crystal Kennedy Ron Lange Pizza Man Jim & Pam Yeargan 2014 Susan Wallen Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry BettyJo Worthington & Steve Worthington Eklutna Inc. Chugiak-Eagle River Women In Business Debbie Rinckey 2015 Jim Gorski Eagle River / Chugiak Parks & Recreation UAA/CER Campus Dawn Hoxie Jim Palmer Karen Richards
2797 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: chamber staff 
  The Chamber needs YOU! As a business and community member, you are an integral part of the vitality and sustainability of our community. The Chamber helps: Grow our economy on local, regional and state levels to address barriers to healthy enterprise Ensure that Chugiak and Eagle River have adequate infrastructure to meet needs and the resulting growth Remain on top of issues that affect our community and helps find ways to act accordingly In this process, the Chamber can: Help your business/organization gain valuable customers and stakeholders Facilitate your networking capabilities with key stakeholders who help your business grow Help your business/ organization find solutions to business challenges Our Board of Directors represents a significant cross section of the Alaskan economy and serves as a powerful resource to provide a strong advocacy platform for the business/nonprofit community. We provide opportunities for your business to be visible in the community, provide networking situations to meet and interact with new and potential customers, and provide regularly scheduled forums where key speakers provide information on critical issues that support your company and our community.  We will help ramp up your visibility with involvement in community activities where critical relationships are built. Our Chamber also serves as a visitors’ center and we are pleased to be able to promote your business! Let us be your champion and lift you up! Together we are part of the “Most Livable & Unique Community in Alaska.” Together we can make a difference.
2797 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: director board leaders business representatives executive 
2797 days ago 0 comments From: admin Categories: Chamber Info  Tags: executive committee board 
  Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce 2018 Executive Board        Colin Fay, President PDC Engineers     , President-Elect       Crystal Kennedy, Vice President Retired ASD Board     , Secretary Julie Estey, Treasurer MEA Susan Wallen, State Legislative Liaison Alaska Legislative Office   John Sims, Past President Enstar    
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Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is located in the CER Town Center across from the hall from the library at 12001 Business Blvd., Suite 108

Mailing address:
PO Box 770353
Eagle River AK 99577
Office: 907-694-4702
Fax: 907-694-1205

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