The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. recently named Will Kyzer the new business and economic development assistant director for the organization and James Starzec the new research coordinator.
Kyzer will assist in the recruitment of new businesses and industries to Anchorage and support the growth of existing Anchorage firms. Starzec will direct market research and reports and will assist in investor retention and recruitment.
Prior to joining AEDC, Kyzer, originally from Anchorage, served as prospect manager with the Iowa Economic Development Authority. He worked closely with the local business community and large companies outside the state, building relationships and implementing development campaigns. While there, he also created a direct mail strategy, targeting business development executives and conducted a comprehensive review of economic development websites throughout the country.
Kyzer earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, with distinction, as well as a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management, from the University of Iowa. He also interned as a production manager at Brainstorm Marketing, helping the company identify new business opportunities in the healthcare industry and assisted with social media and communications for the firm.
Starzec earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently working to complete a master’s in urban planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to joining AEDC, Starzec served as a graduate intern at the Milwaukee Water Council, where he collected and analyzed data of the Wisconsin water industry. He was also responsible for developing databases and directories for the water sector.
As an undergraduate, Starzec interned at the Institute for Social Economic Research in Anchorage. While there, he researched and compiled information about the Alaska halibut industry and prepared reports for private companies.
AEDC is a private, non-profit organization developed in 1987 to encourage growth and to diversify the Anchorage economy. The organization has more than 200 investors, which represent all industries in Anchorage and Alaska.
For more information visit www.AEDCweb.com