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Jim Dodson retires from Fairbanks economic development group

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After more than 15 years as president of the Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation, Jim Dodson is retiring. The Board of Directors hired Jomo Stewart to serve as president and CEO. Stewart has served on and off in different roles for the FEDC.

“I would like to thank the FEDC Board of Directors both present and past for their support and confidence over the past 16 years,” Dodson wrote. “And I would like to thank the investors (those supporters of FEDC and those who have worked on task forces and committees supporting the work and effort of FEDC to sustain and grow our community,” he wrote in his farewell memo.

Dodson, a lifelong Fairbanks resident, served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, with the 5th Special Forces Group and is a graduate of the University of Alaska. In 2019 he was named University of Alaska Fairbanks 43rd Business Leader of the Year.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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