The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce has a new economic development specialist, who brings an education in fisheries marketing and an international background to the job. Lale Gurer first came to Kodiak three years ago from her home in Turkey to work on her first master’s degree at the Fisheries Industrial Technology Center.
— (Chamber 1 11 sec "I came here in 2008 and … happy living in Kodiak.")
The 28-year-old Gurer (g’ruurr) has bachelor and master’s degrees in seafood processing technology, and is working on a second masters in seafood marketing. Chamber Executive Director Trevor Brown says her education will serve her well:
— (Chamber 2 19 sec "Obviously in this community … and the community.")
Gurer (g’ruurr) told KMXT’s Jay Barrett that she’s noticed how many college students from Turkey work in the canneries here during the salmon season and that she enjoys talking with them about the student worker program that brings them here:
— (Chamber 3 18 sec "They work 24-hours almost … yes, they are (laughs).")
Gurer (g’ruurr) says there are several projects that she’s been working already:
— (Chamber 4 22 sec "Since I just started, I am … with the chamber activities.")
She is also preparing for an economic development seminar here in Kodiak at the end of November. It will be in conjunction with the U.S. Federal Reserve office in San Francisco and the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference.