AEDC Voice

Webinar Series

AEDC Voice is a webinar series hosted the second Wednesday of every month by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), sponsored by Alaska Executive Search and Bradison Management Group. The series will consist of a deeper dive into AEDC reports and interviews with key business leaders from different industry sectors that will provide an opportunity for AEDC investor companies to gain better insights into important companies, business leaders, and industry trends.

Join us July 14, 10 a.m. for AEDC Voice with sponsors Alaska Executive Search & Bradison Management Group. AEDC Voice is a free monthly webinar that takes a deeper dive into AEDC reports and interviews with key business leaders from different industry sectors.

July speaker: Julie Saupe, CEO, Visit Anchorage

Saupe will provide a midsummer snapshot of tourism’s progress on the path to recovery. She will also discuss the challenges still facing the industry in the aftermath of the pandemic, consider trends and early-season outcomes for Anchorage from travel, and look beyond 2021 to identify long-term needs and initiatives to keep Anchorage at the top of the traveling public’s desires.

Visit Anchorage is the destination marketing organization for all parts of the Municipality of Anchorage, including the city as well as Chugiak, Birchwood, Eagle River, Eklutna, Indian, Girdwood, and Portage. Since 1975, Visit Anchorage has represented community before leisure and convention travelers. Visit Anchorage’s marketing and promotional programs keep Anchorage top-of-mind with travelers, infusing much-needed visitor industry dollars into our community.

Saupe is president and CEO of Visit Anchorage. She got her start in tourism at the Fairbanks visitors center as a summer job. Since then, she has worked for tourism organizations in Fairbanks and in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, just north of Anchorage. She holds leadership roles with the Alaska Travel Industry Association Board and Marketing Committee, serves on the Destinations International accreditation board and serves ex officio roles with the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.

Past Webinars

For access to the webinar recordings, please visit your membership portal or contact Spencer Shroyer at


The June webinar featured Rob Gillam, CEO, McKinley Management. Gillam’s presentation focused on private investment opportunities in Alaska. He discussed why global investors are interested in Alaska and how private investment can benefit the state. Gillam also provided an overview of the work being done through McKinley Alaska Private Investment, LLC.


The May webinar featured the Anchorage Homelessness Leadership Council. HLC is a group of 11 Alaska business leaders, representing some of the largest companies in the city, providing their expertise, resources and time to advance solutions to eliminate homelessness. HLC members featured on this month’s AEDC Voice are Carol Gore, president and CEO of Cook Inlet Housing Authority; Paul Landes, senior vice president of GCI; and Greg Cerbana, vice president at Weidner Apartment Homes.


The April webinar featured Bill Popp, AEDC President & CEO. Popp’s presentation will include a recap of reports and trends from the 2021 Economic Forecast Luncheon earlier in the year, with updated analysis on current conditions and what to expect for 2021.


The March webinar will feature guest speaker Dave Karp, Senior Vice President & Managing Director for Saltchuk Alaska.  Dave’s presentation will provide an overview of Saltchuk as a global company, and then share specific information on the company’s Alaska operating footprint, employment impacts, corporate citizenship and role in the overall economy.  He will share some thoughts on the impact of the pandemic and the companies general outlook for future.


The Employee Retention Credit (“ERC”) was significantly expanded and extended as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“Act”). The ERC is a refundable payroll tax credit for wages paid and health coverage provided by an employer whose operations were either fully or partially suspended due to a COVID-19-related governmental order or that experienced a significant reduction in gross receipts. Notably, the Act made a retroactive change to the ERC, applicable from March 13, 2020, that may allow employers that received PPP loans may qualify for the ERC with respect to wages that are not paid with proceeds from a forgiven PPP loan.


The January webinar will feature guest speakers Preston Simmons, Chief Executive of Providence Health & Services Alaska and Aaron Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health. The discussion will focus on innovation in the delivery of health care post-COVID-19. 


The December webinar will feature our Guest Speaker Ryan Strong, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer at First National Bank Alaska (FNBA). Learn more about FNBA, how COVID has affected the banking industry and what they’re seeing moving forward as we move into recovery. 


The November webinar will provide our members with important updates, including our latest employment report, how Anchorage compares with other Alaska communities, what we’re seeing with unemployment, and broader industry and economic data.


Dr. Cathy Sandeen is an educational leader who is committed to providing opportunity for more Alaskans to earn degrees and credentials through strategic innovation. She began serving as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage in September 2018.


Bruce Dingeman currently serves as Executive Vice President and President Alaska for Oil Search where he is responsible for Operations and Development activities in Alaska. He has over 35 years of global industry experience. Prior to joining Oil Search, Bruce served as General Director for Naftogaz of Ukraine and led the upstream division of the firm.

Bruce began his career within Alaska and since that time he has held a wide range of technical, financial, and executive leadership roles covering a number of international and domestic locations at ConocoPhillips, Talisman, CASA Exploration, Naftogaz, and Oil Search.

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