Welcome to the Fourth Annual Confluence: Summit on the Outdoors • Sept. 25 - 27, 2019

The focus of this year’s event is on strengthening gateway communities. Join us in Talkeetna, one of Alaska’s most iconic gateways, and leave with the tools and connections you need to be more successful.

What is a Gateway Community? Gateway Communities are those that are near publicly owned natural areas that attract visitors who pass through to reach their destination. Increasingly, people who visit an area as tourists return as part-time or year-round residents. One significant challenge associated with these choices is the protection of that which makes a place attractive in the first place. Of specific interest to this debate are questions that underlie community development conflicts pertaining to local land use, economic development, and nature-based tourism.

Why Should I Come to Confluence? At Confluence, we’re inviting thought leaders and doers from our state and beyond to engage in critical conversations and foster collaboration, as we collectively confront challenges at the intersection of promoting growth, diversifying economies, preserving community character, and stewarding public lands, wildlife and fisheries.

Who’s Coming to Confluence? Business owners and entrepreneurs, elected officials and planners, public land managers and recreational, cultural, agricultural, tourism and economic development interests and allied non-profits.

Can you tell me more about the format? Yes! We want to provide optimal opportunities for you to get the info you need to succeed. On Wednesday we start with your choice of opportunities to have a little fun getting to explore Talkeetna or take a seminar on a couple of meaty topics. On Thursday the 26th, you’ll hear an assortment of mostly short presentations in the mornings and then break out in the afternoons to delve deeper into the topics that most interest you. Friday, the 27th, we’ll share policy background info before spending the afternoon rolling up our sleeves to start to shape policy and funding ideas that can help strengthen public lands and gateway communities throughout our state. When you leave Talkeetna you should feel equipped, connected and empowered to make good things happen.

In talk and deed, Confluence fosters diversity, equity and inclusion in the outdoors.