Business meetings, seminars and events

• The Resource Development Council meets for breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Dena’ina Convention Center. a preview of the 2012 legislative session will be provided by House Speaker Mike Chenault (invited); Sen. Tom Wagoner, co-chair, Senate Resources Committee; and Rep. Eric Feige, co-chair, House Resources Committee. RSVP at


• Building Owners and Managers Alaska will hold its 2012 Commercial Real Estate Forecast Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel. Topics covered include the overall economy, new construction, retail and industrial development and the office market. Speakers this year include Neal Fried with the State of Alaska; Brian Meissner from ECI/Hyer; Brandon Walker with Bond, Stephens & Johnson; and Ted Jensen from Reliant LLC. Cost for reserved tables of eight is $225; cost for an individual BOMA member is $25; cost for individual nonmember is $35. Register at

Meet Alaska 2012, an event hosted by the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Dena’ina Convention Center. Speakers and their topics include Jeff Watkins, chairman for coal at Wood Mackenzie, on "Global Thermal Coal Market Trends"; author Ed Merrow on "Industrial Mega Projects"; Marianne Kah, chief economist, Conoco Phillips; John Minge, president, BP Alaska; Arthur Berman, petroleum geologist and consultant to the energy sector, on "Economics of Shale Gas: Impact on Alaska"; Cathy Forrester of Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on "Heavy Viscous Oil Economics"; and Ray Sheppard on "D.C. Update." Register at


• The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce meets at noon Jan. 9 at the Dena’ina Convention Center to hear "Oil Taxes: The other Side of the Coin." Alaska Rep. Les Gara will address the current ACES oil tax structure and discuss why increased oil tax credits for new exploration and new processing facilities are needed to put new oil into the pipeline. he will also discuss stronger alternatives to Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed plan for increasing oil production. RSVP by 5 p.m. Friday. (, 272-2401)

Statewide Economic Forecast luncheon: this annual event hosted by World Trade Center Alaska will be conducted in the state’s three largest cities beginning in Fairbanks on Jan. 17, in Anchorage on Jan. 18 and in Juneau on Jan. 19. The Anchorage event begins at noon in the Howard Rock Ballroom of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Speakers include Jonathan King, principal and senior economist with Northern Economics inc.; Aryam Vazquez, global emerging markets economist for Wells Fargo Country Risk Management Group; and Greg Wolf, executive director for World Trade Center Alaska and consultant for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Seats are limited, so register soon. (

— Anchorage Daily News /

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