PUBLISHED: 2:27 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2007
New executive director named
Southeast Conference
Shelly Wright of Juneau has been appointed as the new Executive Director for the Southeast Conference. Carol Rushmore, President of the Conference Board of Directors and Economic Development Director for the City of Wrangell, announced the appointment June 8.

She said, "Shelly is enthusiastic, upbeat and looking forward to getting in the thick of things, and we are looking forward to working with her." Wright has lived in Juneau since 1975 and brings "a passion for Southeast Alaska" along with "a desire to help make southeast better and provide every person a good quality of life." She is currently a board member for the Juneau Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Juneau Jazz and Classics and President of the board for Northern Light Junior Theatre.

Southeast Conference was formed in 1958 as an Association and incorporated in 1988. The formation was to support the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Since then, the conference has worked to support the region's timber, mining, tourism, fisheries and energy industries as well as health services. The organization is a combination of municipal and private sector members. There are 27 municipal members, including two Canadian communities, nearly 70 for-profit members, and about 40 non-profit members. A 13-member board governs the Conference with offices in Juneau. The Conference holds a mid-winter summit in March of each year and its annual membership meeting in September.

This year the annual meeting will be in Skagway from Sept. 18-20. Staff can be reached at 523-2310.