Business Leaders Meet For Innovation Summit

More than 200 business leaders, researchers and policy-makers gather in Juneau this week for the 2015 Innovation Summit.

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The two-day event is a time to listen, discuss and brainstorm about Southeast Alaska’s economic future.

Brian Holst, the executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Council and the summit’s organizer, says speakers and participants will focus on new ways of doing business.

“These are entrepreneurs and university people and people involved in the business world or supporting business that have experienced innovation in their professional work,” Holst said.

The Innovation Summit runs Wednesday and Thursday at Juneau’s Centennial Hall.  There is a registration fee.

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Ed Schoenfeld is Regional News Director for CoastAlaska, a consortium of public radio stations in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell. He primarily covers Southeast Alaska regional topics, including the state ferry system, transboundary mining, the Tongass National Forest and Native corporations and issues. He has also worked as a manager, editor and reporter for the Juneau Empire newspaper and Juneau public radio station KTOO. He’s also reported for commercial station KINY in Juneau and public stations KPFA in Berkley, WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and WUHY in Philadelphia. He’s lived in Alaska since 1979 and is a contributor to Alaska Public Radio Network newscasts, the Northwest (Public Radio) News Network and National Native News. He is a board member of the Alaska Press Club. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he lives in Douglas.