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Conference Promotes Alaska-Canada Rail Connection
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January 14, 2004
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"The goal of the conference is to increase awareness of the project, particularly as it relates to construction of the Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline."
- Sen. Cowdery

 

Juneau - Connecting Alaska with the rest of the North American rail network will be the topic of a one-day conference Thursday here at the Baranof Hotel. The goal of the conference is to increase awareness of the project, particularly as it relates to construction of the Alaska Highway natural gas pipeline. Governor Frank Murkowski will address the session, along with Canadian cabinet member Larry Bagnell.

The focus of the conference will be on how best to proceed with completing what's being called "the last transcontinental railroad." Approximately 1,000 miles separate the end of the Alaska Railroad near Eielson AFB with the Northern limits of the British Columbia Railroad at Fort Nelson.

Addressing the morning session of the conference will be Glenn Scammel of Rep. Don Young's office. Scammel is Chief Counsel, House Transportation Committee, Subcommittee on Rail.

Keynote speakers for the morning session include Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie, and two members of the British Columbia parliament. Leading the B.C. panel will be Minister Greg Halsey-Brandt (Intergovernmental Relations) and (MLA) Mr. Dennis MacKay, member of the Northern Caucus.

The conference is sponsored by Sen. John J. Cowdery, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Rep. Jim Holm, his House counterpart. Registration is from 7-7:45 a.m. with seven panel discussions scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The afternoon session includes panels exploring environmental, permitting, military and resource factors. Forums will be open for questions to panelists, time permitting.

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Rail Conference Agenda

Connecting Resources, Building for the Future
A Corridor to Increase Economic Activity

Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Baranoff Hotel, Juneau, Alaska

6:00-8:00 pm
 

Registration Reception
No Host Bar
Baranof Hotel, Treadwell Room

 
 

Thursday, January 15, 2004
Baranoff Hotel, Juneau, Alaska

7:00-7:45 am
 

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:15 am
 

Senator John J. Cowdery
General welcome, opening comments
Introduces MC, House Chair Jim Holm
General welcome, opening comments

8:15-8:30 am
 

Former Representative Jeannette James
"We've talked enough ... Now it's time to move forward."

Panel 1
 

Success Through Partnerships
Rep. Holm introduces Yukon Premier

8:30-8:40 am
 

Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie

8:40-9:05 am
 

Jesse Duke, Director of Mineral Planning and Development
George Privett, Business Facilitator/Economic Development, Yukon's Development Potential

Panel 2
 

Rep. Holm introduces B.C. Minister

9:15-10:00 am
 

Honorable Greg Halsey-Brandt
Minister for State for Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Dennis MacKay, MLA for Bulkley Valley-Stikine (Norther Caucus)
Colin Kinsley, Mayor of Prince George
Wayne Dahlen, Mayor of Dawson Creek

10:00-10:15 am
 

Break for Coffee

Panel 3
 

The case for the rail connection
Rep. Holm introduces Glenn H. Scammel

10:20-10:40 am
 

Glenn H. Scammel, Chief Counsel, House Transportation Committee - Subcommittee on Rail

10:40-10:45 am
 
Questions and answer period
Panel 4
 

Renewed Emphasis on Alaska-Canada Partnership
Senator Fred Dyson introduces Matt Morrison

10:50-11:05
 

Matt Morrison, head of PNWER
Matt Morrison introduces Cascadia Institute

11:05-11:40 am
 

Cascadia Institute
Charles Kelly
Canadian perspective on transportation infrastructure
Bill Van Ness
Connecting Alaska to the Northwest - new coalitions

11:40-11:50
 

Premier Fentie introduces
Grand Chief Ed Schultz
Economic Ties with Yukon First Nations

Lunch
 

Sponsored by the Alaska Railroad

11:50-12:00 pm
 

Break for set-up

12:00-1:20 pm
 

Senator John Cowdery introduces
Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski
Premier Dennis Fentie introduces
The Honorable Larry Bagnell, MP for Yukon, Parlimentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs with a special emphasis on Northern Economic Development
Jeannette James introduces
Consul General Louis Arreaga
and a video presentative by
Steve Hites, owner Skagway Streetcar Company
the value of a Transcontinental Railroad to Northern Tourism
Senator Cowdery intrduces
Lt. Governor Loren Leman and Commissioners, Legislative Leaders

1:20-1:30 am
 

Break
Press Conference with Governor Murkowski, Honorable Larry Bagnell, Premier Dennis Fentie, Minister Halsey-Brandt, Senator John Cowdery, Representative Jim Holm, MLA Dennis MacKay

Panel 5
 

The Green Factor
Representative Jim Holm introduces Dr. Charles Jurasz

1:30-2:15 pm
 

Dr. Charles Jurasz
Grass and Cash are Green
Gerald Fox
Building the Permittable Railroad: a presentation by HDR, Inc.
George Jeffrey, Canadian Air Crane
Leaving a small construction footprint

Panel 6
 

Toward a Bi-National Multi-Use Corridor

2:15-2:20 pm
 

Representative Jim Holm introduces Jack Eidson and Kels Boland

2:20-2:55
 

Jack Eidson, Lockheed-Martin/University of Alaska
Kells Boland, Prolog Canada, Inc./Van Horne Inst.
"Seeking synergies amoung trans-border infrastructure investments."

2:55-3:00 pm
 

Break for coffee

Panel 7
 

Multimodal Corridors in Movement of Resources

3:00-3:05 pm
 

Representative Jim Holm introduces Dr. Paul Metz

3:05-3:20 pm
 

Dr. Paul Metz, University of Alaska Fairbanks

3:20-3:25 pm
 

Representative Jim Holm introduces Dr. Hal Cooper

3:25-3:40 pm
 

Dr. Hal Cooper, Cooper Consulting

3:40-3:45 pm
 

Question and answer period

3:45-4:00 pm
 

Special Acknowledgments: Jeannette James
Briefly introduce Joe Henri, Scott Robart as long-time supporters of rail connection

Panel 8
 

Round Table, Q & A

4:00-5:00 pm
 

as time permits

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