Friday, May 29, 2009

Winther to stay on state development board

Gov. Sarah Palin today named a bunch more people to various state boards, and this was part of the press release:

Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

Governor Palin reappointed John R. Winther to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) board of directors.

Winther, of Petersburg, has been a commercial fisherman and businessman in Alaska for more than 40 years. A lifelong Alaskan, he is currently managing partner of Petersburg-based Prowler Fisheries, and owns a Bering Sea crab fishing vessel. He served as director of Icicle Seafoods from 1980-92 and also served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council from 1983-89. Winther is a founder of Winstar Petroleum and Ultrastar Exploration, both Alaskan-owned independent oil companies with leases on the North Slope.

Winther has served on the authority board since 2003.

The five-member board leads the authority, charged with promoting economic growth and diversification by providing financing for industry, manufacturing, power transmission interties, and export and business enterprises in Alaska. Some of its high-profile projects include the port facilities for the Red Dog zinc mine, the Healy Clean Coal Project, the Anchorage Federal Express aircraft maintenance facility and the Ketchikan Shipyard.

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