Homer Chamber of Commerce

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After losing the Independence Day parade last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Homer Chamber of Commerce says this year’s parade Sunday evening was almost the largest one ever. The turnout of spectators, estimated by KBBI at about 1,000, may also be record-setting. The theme was “Whatever Floats Your Boat -- Celebrating Homer’s Maritime History.”
    According to Chamber Visitor Center Director Jan Knutson, there were 43 floats this year, the second largest number in parade history. In addition, she said this year’s parade saw the most first-time entrants.

Chamber opening satellite visitors center

Jul 1, 2021
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The Homer Chamber of Commerce is revamping one of its retired facilities for the summer on The Spit, and turning it into a second spot to interact with visitors and tourists to town.
    Visitors Center Manager Jan Knutson talked about the chamber’s plan on Wednesday morning’s Coffee Table.

Coffee Table: Summer Business Outlook Bright

Jun 30, 2021

    This week on The Coffee Table, we welcome folks from the Homer Chamber of Commerce to the show. Executive Director Brad Anderson and Visitor Center Manager Jan Knutsen joined host Jay Barrett in the Gary Thomas Studio to discuss how local businesses responded to the coronavirus pandemic, and how they are responding now that normality -- and visitors -- are returning.

Candidates face-off in Homer City Council race

Sep 28, 2020

The four candidates for Homer City Council all took part in a forum Thursday night sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce. It was the second time in two days that KBBI listeners heard from the incumbent candidates, Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord, but the first opportunity to hear from challengers Raymond Walker and George Hall, who declined invitations to appear on KBBI’s The Coffee Table on Wednesday.

Chamber cancels new Halibut Tourney

Jun 22, 2020
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The first year of Homer’s two-day halibut tournament has been cancelled.
    That word from Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brad Anderson.

Late last week Congress passed the CARES Act in an effort to stabilize and stimulate the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Besides the $1,200 checks for most residents, the act provides grants to small business as well.
    Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brad Anderson explains what the act does and how local businesses can tap into it.

Mike Ilg, Director of Homer Community Schools, is the city's new coordinator for local relief and response to COVID-19. He talks about access to services and checks-in with Homer Church on the Rock, The Homer Foundation, Homer Chamber of Commerce, and Green Dot Homer, The Homer Community Food Pantry and The Salvation Army.

For a master list of phone numbers of resources for food, food deliveries, rental and utility assistance, go to https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid19

Cruises to Alaska getting scarce

Mar 16, 2020

The Canadian ministry that oversees cruise ship traffic announced Friday that it will suspend all cruises in its waters until at least July 1. In response, Holland America Lines announced on its blog that it will be reevaluating its summer cruises through British Columbia waters and to Alaska. It followed that with an announcement on Monday stating a 30-plus day suspension of all cruises.

Huge jackpots await anglers in Winter King Tourney

Mar 13, 2020
Homer Chamber of Commerce

    The sport angling season in Kachemak Bay is just more than a week away as the 27th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is set for April 25.

    Hosted by the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the event had a $73,000 grand prize winner in 2019.

    Brad Anderson, the chamber’s executive director, told KBBI that sponsorship has always been strong.

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The Homer Chamber of Commerce has a new Executive Director. Brad Anderson’s first day on the job was last Monday and he stopped by the KBBI studio to sit down with Christina Whiting.

Anderson and his family moved from California to Homer a year and a half ago, but the move was actually years in the making.

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The candidates for Homer City Council met in the Homer Public Library Wednesday, September 25, 2019 for a candidate forum sponsored by the library and the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Kelly Cooper was the moderator.
Questions were sourced from the audience and from the community at-large. The event was broadcast live on KBBI. Click on the links below to hear a recording of the forum.

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The Homer Chamber of Commerce Halibut Jackpot Derby will come to an end after this Sunday.
Since 1996, the chamber has been awarding prizes for the largest halibut caught in the Homer area and for catching and releasing tagged halibut.
Jason Schuler of Wahpeton, North Dakota is the current leader of this year's derby. He caught a 224.2 pound halibut on July 12. If no one who buys a ticket catches a bigger fish before Sunday, September 15, Schuler stands to win ten thousand dollars, plus fifty cents for each derby ticket sold.

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State spending on tourism marketing has been slashed roughly 80 percent in recent years. But the Alaska Travel Industry Association thinks there’s a way to boost the amount of dollars spent advertising Alaska as a destination. It wants to create a Tourism District Industry, which would allow the industry to charge tourism-related businesses a tax that would go towards marketing. The CEO of the association pitched the idea last week in Homer. But the idea may be a tough sell for some in one of the state’s top destinations.

Homer Lights Up for the Holidays

Dec 20, 2016
Owen Duffy

The Homer chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center hosted a tree lighting ceremony on December 2nd. About 150 people attended the annual event. Jan Knutson, the manager of the Visitor’s Center, said it was volunteers who made the event a success.

The lighting is the traditional response to Homer Mayor Bryan Zak’s proclamation to “Light up Homer for the Holidays”, issued in late October, and Knutson says she’s impressed at the displays from fellow citizens.