2016 AEDC Economic Forecast Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Alexa Clay

January 27, 2016

Keynote Speaker Co-Sponsors


Economic Forecast Report Sponsor


Keynote Reception Sponsors


Business Confidence Index Report Sponsor


Live. Work. Play. Exhibit Hall Sponsor


Gift Bag Sponsor


Book Sponsor


Photo Booth Sponsor


Primary Sponsors


Speaker Travel Sponsors: Alaska AirlinesBAC Transportation, Hotel Captain Cook

Ticket Sponsor: Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd.

Contributing Sponsors: Alaska USA Federal Credit UnionBDO USA LLP, Denali Federal Credit UnionFirst National Bank AlaskaKeyBank, Pacific Northwest Council of Carpenters, Providence Health & Services Alaska

Media Sponsors: Alaska Dispatch NewsAlaska Business Monthly, Alaska Integrated Media, Alaska Public MediaAlpha Media AlaskaiHeartMedia, Ohana Media Group, QIP, Inc./Alaska Inc. Magazine

Supporting Sponsors: Anchorage Public Library, Alaska Executive Search, Alaska’s Future, Aleut Corporation, Alyeska Resort, Color Art Printing, National Cooperative Bank

2016 Economic Forecast Luncheon Presentation Video:


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Thank you to all attendees of the 2016 Economic Forecast Luncheon! We appreciate everyone that took the time out of their busy schedules to join us! If you were able to attend, please tell us what you thought! Click here to take a quick, ten-question survey to tell us how we did and what you would like to see in the future! Thank you!



You can view the 2016 AEDC Economic Forecast Report here, sponsored by BP Exploration.

View the 2016 Business Confidence Index (BCI) Report here, sponsored by Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska.

View the 2015 Q4 Anchorage Consumer Optimism Index (ANCi) Report here, sponsored by KeyBank.

View the 2015 Cost of Living Index (COLI) here.

Click here to view the Prezi from today’s luncheon.

A video of today’s presentation will be available soon!

View the 2016 Live. Work. Play. Metrics and Rankings here.

View the Live. Work. Play. Narrative, 2015 Revision here.

AEDC Announces July Luncheon Speaker!


AEDC is pleased to announce the speaker for our next 3-Year Outlook Luncheon on July 27, 2016! Jeffrey Hayzlett is a television and radio host, speaker best-selling author and Chairman of C-Suite Network. His most recent book, Think Big, Act Bigger, released last September. For more information on Mr. Hayzlett, click here.



AEDC Economic Forecast Luncheon

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Dena’ina Center, 600 W. 7th Ave., Anchorage

On January 27, AEDC President and CEO, Bill Popp, presented the 1-Year Economic Forecast for Anchorage and shared the results of the Anchorage Business Confidence Index. He gave an update on AEDC’s Live. Work. Play. initiative and discussed how Anchorage ranks for living, working and playing when compared to the largest city in each state, plus the District of Columbia.

Event Timeline
10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall: Join AEDC in the Dena’ina Lobby to view the I Love Anchorage Exhibit and learn more about the Live. Work. Play. initaitive!
11:00 a.m. Doors open for the Luncheon
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Economic Forecast Luncheon

Alexa Clay 4Keynote Speaker, Alexa Clay

Do you think McDonalds invented the franchise model? No, that was the mafia. Do you think live streaming came from TED Talks? No, that was the porn industry. For the past two years, Alexa Clay has been researching innovation from the fringe in an attempt to understand what we can learn from lesser-known subcultures like the black market, hacker collectives, protest movements, and gangsters.

Alexa Clay is passionate about finding innovation from unlikely places. She believes the underworld is filled with natural-born-innovators and they have more in common with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs than you might think.

Alexa is the co-author of The Misfit Economy, named the best business book to read in 2015 by The World Economic Forum, TechRepublic, The Telegraph and Huffington Post. In the book Alexa interviews Somali Pirates, LA drug dealers, hackers and NY con artists to unveil their remarkable ingenuity.

Alexa has written and appeared in Fast Company, Forbes, Wired, Dazed and Confused, VICE, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times and MTV. She is the Co-Founder & Director of The Human Agency and a regular commentator on topics related to economic transition, misfit subculture, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship and technology angst. Click here for more information on The Misfit Economy and Alexa Clay.

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