King Leaving Chamber, Kodiak, After 11 Years

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100503.debking.jpgJay Barrett/KMXT

The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce will soon be looking for a new leader. Debora King, who has been with the chamber for nearly 11 years, will be leaving at the end of the month, and moving from Kodiak with her husband Bill.

(Deb King 1 33 sec "He retired from the … economic development perhaps.")

They will be moving to Maine, pretty much as far away from Alaska one can get and still be on the continent:

(Deb King 2 24 sec "The town we’re going to … next few years of our lives.")

King has been the executive director of the chamber of commerce for three years, and was the economic development specialist for eight years before that. She’s lived in Kodiak for over 11 years.

She says guiding the Kodiak to the statewide "Chamber of the Year" award last year was one of her greatest accomplishments, as well as helping to revive ComFish, which was on the verge of being discontinued after it had become rather moribund and dreary.

(Deb King 3 44 sec "It was very dreary … get it back on track.")

King’s last day at the chamber will be May 31st – which this year is also the last day of the chamber-produced Crab Fest. She jokes that she had toyed with the idea of leaving a week earlier, but figured her staff wouldn’t like that idea much.

She says the home they bought in Maine has plenty of extra room, and they expect lots of Kodiak visitors.

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