Alaskans make a pitch to CEO of Facebook about why he should visit Alaska

Published: Mar. 16, 2017 at 2:55 PM AKDT
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Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's resolution: To connect with more Americans. So that means a lot of traveling.

The Facebook CEO said his personal challenge for 2017 is to visit and meet people from every state, by the end of the year. That means he will travel to about 30 states, in 2017, according to a Facebook


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This week, his most recent trip was to North Carolina, where he drove a car on the Charlotte Motor Speedway and met with soldiers at Fort Bragg.

Alaskans are keenly aware that Zuckerberg, who travels extensively, could be considering a trip here. That's why Jennifer Christensen, VP of Marketing at Beacon Media + Marketing, had her company create a video pitch for why he should visit the Last Frontier.

"So many people I see - that's their whole goal," Christensen said. "They get up and are like, 'How can I make my community better, how can we improve the economy, [and] how can we do things differently?"

The video is


"We won't be putting this video on YouTube," Christensen joked. "Google owns YouTube, so we placed the video on Facebook. That's the only place it is, right now."

The video showcases the beauty of the state, and it includes personal interviews with Alaskans about what they believe makes the state special.

It ends with a pitch from Anchorage Ombudsman Darrel Hess, who looks directly at the camera and speaks to Zuckerberg.

"Hey Mark, come to Alaska, because it will blow your mind," Hess said.

At the beginning of 2017, Mark Zuckerberg shared his New Year's resolution: to visit all the states he hasn't yet seen, to connect and converse with unique people. Then in February, he let the world know exactly how important the concept of COMMUNITY is to him and Facebook as a whole. As Alaskans, we couldn't agree more! This is a formal invitation to Mr. Zuckerberg - to visit the Last Frontier and understand what makes it such an amazing place. Beyond the incredible wildlife and landscapes, there exists a very special kind of people unlike any other out there. Mark, this is for you. Fellow Alaskans, this is for you, too.

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