ALASKA STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce works to promote healthy business environments as well as sustainable reforms that effect workers compensation and healthcare as well as other initiatives pertaining to the direct lives of business owners and workers within the state.
In 1953, a few years before Alaska was granted statehood, the "All Alaska" Chamber of Commerce was formed for the purpose of promoting commerce in Alaska. The construction boom, brought about by World War II, was winding down, and Alaska’s business leaders recognized the need for an organized effort to develop a new, stronger economic base for Alaska.
The first leaders of the All Alaska Chamber of Commerce discussed tax incentive legislation, development of the state’s forest and mineral resources, promotion of the tourism industry, and increasing agricultural production. With statehood, the name was changed to the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, and the organization represented the first unified effort to have the voice of business in the state legislature.
Under the recently released brand identity, the organization dropped "State" and “of Commerce” from its name in all new marketing communications programs. This deliberate move better conveys the Chamber’s role in Alaska. Contrary to popular belief, the Chamber is not a state government agency. Because of this incorrect assumption, and the fact that many other state chambers of commerce include tourism promotion as one of their core missions, it was important for the Chamber to be branded distinctly from the state and other chamber entities.
The Alaska Chamber has been the voice of the business community since its founding in 1953.
Vision Statement: To be the leading voice advancing Alaska Business.
Mission Statement: To promote a healthy business environment in Alaska.