Emily Edenshaw, Business and Economic Development Director for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, speaks about the council’s wishes to create jobs for their members during an interview at their newest business, Sacred Shine, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)                                Emily Edenshaw, Business and Economic Development Director for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, speaks about the council’s wishes to create jobs for their members during an interview at their newest business, Sacred Shine, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Emily Edenshaw, Business and Economic Development Director for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, speaks about the council’s wishes to create jobs for their members during an interview at their newest business, Sacred Shine, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File) Emily Edenshaw, Business and Economic Development Director for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, speaks about the council’s wishes to create jobs for their members during an interview at their newest business, Sacred Shine, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Live: Find out more about Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s economic development efforts

Live coverage of the weekly chamber luncheon.

12:30 p.m.

Eames is defining reentry for the audience.

“In this context, it refers to the transition of formerly incarcerated people back into the community,” she said.

Eames said the term she likes to use for such people is “returning citizens.”

The Harbor Inn, which is owned by Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority and leased to the reentry program, will help meet the housing needs of returning citizens. Eames said conditional use of the property was recently approved

Eames said transitional housing is an important part of reducing recidivism.

“Many of our returning citizens remain in survival mode without basic needs met,” Eames said.

She said transitional housing residents will go through a competitive process that will include an essay and interview portion.

Residents will provide maintenance and cleanup for Mayor Bill Overstreet Park.

There will be house meals and house meetings and a resident manager to provide a positive, supportive atmosphere.

12:20 p.m.

Talia Eames, reentry and recovery manager for CCTHITA, is also speaking during today’s luncheon.

12:15

State Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, said during her introduction the Alaska House of Representatives adjourned minutes ago, and she should know within the hour whether Gov. Mike Dunleavy will call for another special session.

12:10 p.m.

Today’s Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce meeting will feature a presentation by Emily Edenshaw, Business and Economic Development Director for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

This week’s meeting in in a new venue — Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. Past luncheons have been at the Moose Lodge and Hangar Ballroom.


• Contact reporter Ben Hohenstatt at (907)523-2243 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.


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