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With all the chaos going on in our state and country right now, it’s more important than ever to communicate effectively and well. Below you’ll have find solid professional advice for doing just that, as well as tips for making sure you’re using all the tools available. Our VIP interview this month fills us in on how the construction industry is faring during the pandemic, and what they plan to push for in 2021. Need professional communications help? Call us. Consultations are always free. 

Sarah Erkmann Ward, APR
President, Blueprint Alaska
The Leaderboard
Alicia Siira, Associated General Contractors of Alaska
"We tend to focus primarily on statewide issues, but we do happen to see a lot of local issues, and ordinances, and policies." Alicia discusses how Alaska General Contractors of Alaska's local and statewide efforts strengthen Alaska's construction industry as they continue to build Alaska.
Civic Engagement
We're less than one month away from the General Election on Tuesday, November 3rd. Voting absentee? Read about Alaska's early and absentee voting options here. Voting in-person? Find the list of statewide polling places here. Mark your calendars with the important voting dates and hour below:
  • October 19: Absentee in-person, early voting, electronic transmission and Special Needs voting begins
  • October 24: Deadline to receive absentee by-mail applications
  • November 2: Deadline to receive absentee by electronic transmission ballot applications is 5:00p.m.
  • November 3 (Election Day): Absentee ballots by-fax, or by online delivery, returned by-fax must be received by 8:00p.m.,
    Absentee ballots by-mail must be postmarked,

    Polls are open from 7:00a.m. until 8:00p.m. (we recommend calling your local polling place to confirm hours of operation)
Candidate Overview
View Anchorage Daily News' "2020 Alaska election guide: Q&As with candidates for Congress, legislature" article to meet the candidates running for state and federal office in Alaska.
Cassi was promoted to senior account executive. Her hard work, can-do attitude, and high expectations for herself and everyone around her continue to help our clients and agency reach new heights.
Tony continues his 2-year term as Outreach Chair on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Group's Executive Board.
Award Season
PRSA Alaska chapter's annual Aurora Awards is right around the corner. This local award competition shines a light on professional public relations performance, technique, and exemplary work throughout Alaska. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Aurora Awards will be presented virtually.
Blueprint Alaska is proud to be a sponsor.
Alaska Young Professionals
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce's YPG is currently hosting their annual Young Professionals Summit. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Summit has shifted to a digital Fall Summit Series. Find the YPG Fall Summit Series agenda, and general Anchorage Chamber schedule by visiting their online calendar.
Public Opinion and Presidential Predictions
Sarah joined Matt Larkin, Dittman Research and Bill McInturff, Public Opinion Strategies to discuss "Survey Says: National and local Insights on public opinion from COVID to politics and predictions for November 3rd" during the Alaska Chamber Fall Forum on Thursday, October 1st. You can watch the recording HERE.
Marketing Yourself
Networking is now easier than ever. Thanks to business-oriented networks, like LinkedIn, you can virtually showcase your professional and personal brand. In our latest blog, "How helpful is LinkedIn? Count the ways," we cover the top five ways LinkedIn is a helpful (and necessary) tool for the modern professional.
Professional Growth through Extracurriculars
Using experiences outside of our regular work can help us fine-tune and advance skills used in our careers. In our recent blog, "Five ways coaching has made me a better communicator," we discuss how Cassi did just that. 
Alaska Budget Calculator
Commonwealth North recently launched the Alaska Budget Choices to assist Alaskans in better understanding the projected $1.3 billion dollar shortfall in the State of Alaska’s fiscal year 2022 budget. The online calculator gives users the power to make revenue and spending choices in an attempt to balance the State's budget and close the gap. Log on and make your budget choices today!
Blueprint Alaska was proud to help underwrite this project.
Watch this video to learn more about Commonwealth North's Alaska Budget Choices before using the calculator yourself.
Cassi Campbell
Senior Account Executive
Tony Spiroski
Junior Account Executive
What can Blueprint Alaska do for you?
  • Public affairs campaigns
  • Strategic communication
  • Reputation management
  • Crisis communication
  • Political strategy and campaigns
  • Stakeholder/influencer outreach and engagement
  • Coalition building and development
  • Media relations and training
  • Strategic social media campaigns
  • Employee advocacy and engagement
  • Copywriting
Blueprint Alaska is an advocacy and strategic communications firm headquartered in Anchorage. The firm works with a range of Alaskan industries from oil and gas to healthcare.
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