AFN Convention Committee looking ahead to 2014 and beyond.

It's already been announced that the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention will return to the Interior later this year.

But organization committee members are in town this week, already planning for the location of the 2014 convention and beyond.

Leaders from Fairbanks and Anchorage made their collective pitch as to why future conventions should be held in their city.

Committee members heard from Fairbanks during meetings Friday at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center.

The last time AFN had their convention in the Golden Heart City was 2010.

Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins and City Mayor Jerry Cleworth have joined representatives from the Fairbanks Convention and

Visitors Bureau, and other organizations in commending the AFN Board for making the decision to come back to Fairbanks in 2013.

According to AFN Planning Committee Chairman Edward Thomas, many things factor into where the set location will be

during a given year.

"We are contemplating the future years convention, not just this year," said Thomas.  "That's already been decided this year it's Fairbanks, but

we need to decide where our conventions are going to be for 2014, as well as 2015.  We've already had a presentation from Anchorage, and now

from Fairbanks for 2014."

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce estimates the AFN Convention brings in approximately 4 million dollars annually into the local economy.

The 2013 AFN Convention begins October 24th and runs through the 26th at the Carlson Center.