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

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - 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 post.

Every year, Zuckerberg takes on a new challenge, like reading two books every month, learning Mandarin and running 365 miles.

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 posted on Facebook.

"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.

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