2017 Annual Meeting

Harrigan Centennial Hall

Sitka, Alaska

May 22 - 24, 2017




The Annual Meeting will be hosted at the Harrigan Cenntenial Hall in Sitka, Alaska.  Located in Southeast Alaska, Sitka is a beautiful coastal town on Baranof Island located along the outer edge of Alaska's Inside Passage.  Surrounded by spruce and hemlock forests, you'll experience stunning vistas and a diverse array of wildlife.  Sitka is only accessible by air and sea.  

For an overview of Sitka, check out the walking map and the hiking trail map.


Registration for 2017 Annual Meeting is open!  Register online at AM 2017.  Then check out the attendee list to see who else is coming to Sitka!


The 2017 Annual Meeting schedule is finalized.  We have an array of great presentations lined up to get you caught up on current issues in the telecom industry both nationally and in Alaska.  


ATA has contracted with the Westmark Sitka Hotel, 330 Seward St, Sitka, AK 99835, for guest room accommodations. To make reservations, contact the Westmark Sitka directly at (907) 747-6241 and request the Alaska Telephone Association room block.  Reservations must be made by April 20, 2017.

The Westmark Sitka has a limited number of rooms.  In the event the hotel is fully booked, additional lodging options are listed below:


Sitka is a small community located on the outer coast of Baranof Island along Alaska’s Inside Passage.  It is accessible only by air and sea.  Once in Sitka, visitors can travel by taxi, tour bus, rental car, or bicycle.  The downtown area is centrally located and most places are within walking distance.

The airport is on Japonski Island, which is joined to Sitka by a bridge.  It is approximately 1 mile WSW of the Sitka town center.  Transportation options from the airport are listed below.

On Foot: A very pleasant 20-25 min walk to the town center (subject to Alaskan weather!).
By Taxi: To town ~$8 for a 5 minute ride.  

Baranof Taxi & Tours:  (907) 738-4722

Cummins Taxi and Tours:  907-738-3079

Hanks Cabs:  (907) 747-8888

Sitka Cabs:  (907) 747-5001

Rental Cars: AVIS (907-966-2264) & North Star Rent-a-Car (907-966-2552) both have desks in the terminal building.  Sitka Car Rental (907-738-2282) has pick up/drop off service.

Hotel Shuttles:  Several of the hotels in town, including the Westmark Sitka, have shuttles that will pick up passengers at the airport.


Each year, ATA hosts a charity auction to benefit an Alaskan organization.  This year, Healing Towers/Healing Waterfall will be the recipient of the funds raised.  Healing Towers/Healing Waterfall works to bring wounded veterans to Alaska to experience our world class fishing in Southeast Alaska.

If you wish to donate item(s) for the auction, please contact ATA. We request that the items be valued at $100 or more. Tech gadgets, electronics, and special trips are popular items in our auction.  Since we all have our own companies and brands to support, we are requesting no logo wear or marketing items.  If you are able to contribute to the auction, please let us know by emailing the item description, retail value and a suggested minimum bid Shari Showalter at showalter@alaskatel.org. Please bring/deliver your donation to the Annual Meeting and drop it with Shari on the first day of the conference.

If you plan to participate in the silent auction bidding, please be prepared with cash or check for any items you may win.  We are unable to process credit card payments for the silent auction.

We are excited to continue this annual tradition to benefit our communities and members! Thank you for your support of Alaska Telephone Association and American vets.


Alaska Telephone Association (ATA) is your advocacy organization supporting telecommunications in Alaska.  ATA conferences are a great forum to talk about current issues and successes within the telecom industry.  Your sponsorship of these events allows ATA to host expert speakers and provide in depth discussions and networking opportunities to Alaskan carriers and suppliers.  

Varying levels of support are available.  All sponsors are recognized by the Board President and Executive Director during the meeting sessions, through signage, and by listings on the website, in the program and in the event app.   

Sponsorship specifics are outlined on the sponsorship opportunities sheet.  Please consider a sponsorship for the upcoming 2017 Annual Meeting.  If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Shari at ATA (907) 563-4000.


2017 Annual Meeting Welcome Dinner Sponsor

2017 Annual Meeting Luncheon Sponsor

2017 Annual Meeting RefreshmentsSponsor


2017 Annual Meeting Gold Sponsors

2017 Annual Meeting Silver Sponsors

2017 Annual Meeting Bronze Sponsors

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2017 Annual Meeting WiFi Sponsor

2017 Annual Meeting App Sponsor

More information will be posted as it becomes available.  If you have additional questions, please contact Shari Showalter at showalter@alaskatel.org or by phone at (907) 563-4000.