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Posted: Saturday, May 5, 2012 12:02 am

Letter to the Editor

April 30, 2012

To the editor:

I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau employees and all they do for its members and for the residents of Fairbanks and the surrounding areas in the state of Alaska.

As a new small business, from start-up to now, the FCVB has gone to great lengths to support our Lodge at Black Rapids and promote our ideas. As a new business, with an ambitious plan, we have not always known which direction to take or how to reach our guests in a marketing sense.

We take for granted the hard work done on a diminishing budget at the FCVB and I thank them for their patience and support during the last three years. From Scenic Byways to the Charity Walk, to the coordination of the Alaska Federation of Natives conventions, FVCB is always willing to go the extra mile. Their professionalism is the best of the crop, and their friendship is endearing.

We are going into our fourth year of business and are eternally grateful to be part of the FVCB and Fairbanks community, though the lodge is 140 miles south of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. We look forward to many years of partnership.

The recognition given to us on Saturday night at the FVCB annual banquet, with John Binkley honoring us with the “Jim and Mary Binkley” award for creativity, innovation, courage and entrepreneurialism, was a great honor and the highlight of our partnership. We have worked very hard to create a special place for Alaskans to be proud of and are so grateful for the acknowledgement and honor. The award means more than words can say, as does the hard work of the Binkley family and their efforts to keep supporting entrepreneurialism.

Leaving me speechless was evidence enough of what a true surprise and honor this was. Three other businesses were recognized April 28 with awards as well.

Build it and they will come. This is our “field of dreams” and we hope yours as well.

Annie Hopper

Fairbanks

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