What It’s Like Planning Events in Alaska

What It’s Like Planning Events in Alaska

By Kelsey Ogletree, June 12, 2017

McCleskey’s Musings on Alaska

On her favorite Anchorage venues…

“I love the Hilton here. They’re so easy to work with, and the venue is right for a larger conference. We also have a primo convention facility, Dena’ina Center.”

On misperceptions of Alaska…

“The biggest misconception is not knowing how truly rural it is. Some communities are still working on getting indoor plumbing. It’s amazing. I always say if I’m working on a federally funded conference and managers of the fund have never been to Alaska, they need to come see where their money is going.”

On limited connectivity…

“Until recently, remote Alaskan conference sites had internet challenges. We traveled with binders and papers. Now almost every site has internet capabilities so we can use my favorite app, Guidebook, which allows all conference materials (presenter bios, conference schedule, descriptions, etc.) to be viewed electronically.”

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