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Chugach Alaska Corporation is accepting nominations for Shareholder of the Year, Elder of the Year and Youth of the Year (new award!). Who are the all-stars of our region? Who do you think exemplifies our culture and traditions and best represents the Chugach region? Nominate a Shareholder, Elder or Youth who deserves recognition for their contributions and achievements. The awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The deadline for nominations is Monday August 21, 2017.

For more information contact the Shareholder Relations Department at 907-261-0378 or access the nomination form online here.

Heide & Cook

Hawaii is known for its sunshine and warm sandy beaches. But on the day that Heide & Cook (H & C) showed up to the Mililani Mauka Shopping Center to swap out 28 massive rooftop air conditioning units, the island paradise wasn’t exactly an island paradise.


The Mililani Mauka Shopping Center is home to the Mililani Theaters, one of Hawaii’s largest movie cinemas. With the amount of daily business and the huge theater crowds, the swap out and the weather conditions created additional levels of complexity for the H & C crew.


“Every job is unique,” said Todd Williams, President of H & C. “This job was especially challenging with the theater having to remain open during our construction work. Noise and traffic were definitely a critical customer concern.”
H & C has been operating in the Hawaiian Islands for more than seven decades. During that time, H & C has repeatedly delivered solutions that help facility owners get the most out of their businesses, with minimal disruptions. Seventy years of attention to detail and a customer-first approach to business allowed H & C to meet the requirements of this difficult job and completed the work a full day ahead of schedule.


“Rain fell during the entire project, but we got the job done safely, and we beat our timeline,” Williams recalled. “Our crews are veterans at this kind of work, even during incremental weather. This competency translates into real value and real savings for our customers.”


H & C installed the 28 air conditioners quietly, as specified by the client, even with the use of a 200-ton crane. Visitors to the center and theater patrons experienced minimal traffic interruptions, and all of the affected businesses were able to maintain normal hours of operation.


Jennifer Decoite, Property Manager for Mililani Mauka, thanked H & C for a job well done. “All of the units were installed ahead of schedule, and due to the success of H & C, we did not need a security guard on the property [who would have been necessary with the original timeline].”


H & C has a simple yet ambitious vision: To be the premier integrated facilities services provider across the islands of Hawaii. H & C, a recent acquisition of Chugach Alaska Corporation (Chugach), is on track to fulfill their vision by adhering to the five core behaviors that has ensured the success of Chugach and its family of companies.


The Mililani project provides a perfect example of creating meaningful value for clients and customers. H & C’s strong experience translated into minimal-to-zero impact to business and additional savings were realized with the work completed ahead of schedule.

Chugach Summit 2017


“While maintaining our traditions, we work to build strong communities for future generations.”


On February 3, Sheri Buretta, Chairman of Chugach Alaska Corporation (Chugach), welcomed community leaders to the 2017 Chugach Regional Summit. Buretta’s opening remarks set the tone for the day’s agenda. “We are all advocates for our communities,” Buretta said. “This summit provides a model of collaboration that can allow us to address the needs of our communities and explore new ways to develop the potential of our region.”


Clay Koplin, Mayor of Cordova, was the keynote speaker and his message further defined the summit’s objectives. “We need to think bigger than projects,” Koplin said. “We need to think community projects and even regional projects.” From hydroelectric ventures to educational endeavors, Koplin touched on a number of avenues that could bolster the economy in the Sound, and he concluded, “The opportunity is here.”


The first two panels, Food Security & Community Gardens and Mari-culture in the Chugach Region, identified natural resources that exist throughout South Central Alaska, primarily plant life and the marine environment. Panelist encouraged a renewed look at plants such as Devil’s Club, Yarrow and Stinkweed, which have been a source of traditional Native medicine. The presenters further identified kelp and oyster farms as a means of sustainability and possible year-round employment in the region.


Chugachmuit presented a panel on Community Water Supply. This discussion focused on the region’s utility infrastructure and the governmental resources that can assist in efforts to enhance and improve this vital resource. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium lent their knowledge and insight to the panel, and their representatives offered suggestions on how to acquire funding for these improvements.


The Enterprise Development panel explored potential investments and ways to increase employment. The panel encouraged local entrepreneurs to consult the Small Business Administration and the vast resources devoted to new businesses. Panelists also advocated the need for a well-thought out business plan before starting a new venture, and they identified a planned approach as a key to business success.


Rod Worl, CEO of Eyak Corporation, shared the activities that Eyak is pursuing in Cordova. Sheri Buretta touched on the recent Bering River Coal Field commitment and the 100-year plan that Chugach has adopted. Chugach CEO Gabriel Kompkoff expanded on this long-term strategy, identifying the current momentum that has placed Chugach on the path to $1 billion in revenue for 2017.


Toward the day’s end, regional and village leaders provided overviews of their organizations and individual communities. Each addressed the status of their lands and regional priorities.


Buretta thanked all of the participants for taking part in the discussion. As the summit concluded, all of the attendees shared their final thoughts and views. In this closing round of comments, Walter Meganack, an Elder from Port Graham, identified one of the most important reasons for gathering as a region: “The most basic resource we have is each other.”

 

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