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Racing to Success!

It’s that time of year again… the days are getting longer, the sounds of birdsongs fill the air, and the stacks of firewood outside convenience store gas stations yield to the breakup season’s new last-minute must-have money maker:  windshield washer fluid. 
And while the snow melts to reveal what lies beneath, Alaska Business Monthly also reveals this year’s Corporate 100:  Racing to Success! 
As you peruse this year’s list, you may notice a few less-familiar faces in the crowd, as we strive to keep the Corporate 100 a dynamic list that keeps our readers guessing.  Although the Corporate 100 was originally a list of the biggest corporations in Alaska, a few things have changed over the years.  Unlike the Top 49ers, which is based solely on gross revenue, the Corporate 100 are selected based on a combination of benefits they add to the economy—corporate citizenship, jobs, revenue—all play a part in the subjective criteria.
Alaska Business Monthly is also making an effort to bring some of Alaska’s smaller companies to the fore—but we can’t put your company on the list unless you fill out our surveys.  So please, when you receive our surveys in your email, take the time to fill them out and submit.  You never know what kind of exposure you will get!
We’ve profiled some Corporate 100 companies, as we typically do; and we’ve added articles about what corporate citizens do in their spare time and a couple of endeavors that couldn’t exist without corporate sponsorship. In all, we’ve increased the Corporate 100 special section this year and hope you enjoy reading about the many companies making up the list.
We’ve added a new directory and special section this April: Clean Energy. We hope you find some inspiration in the articles and companies doing clean energy businesses with in the directory. Statewide, it looks as though Alaska is fully embracing the business of clean energy. Once the money runs out subsidizing the business of clean energy though, we will have to evaluate to see if the investments bear out further funding. For now though, there is plenty of work spread around the state in alternative and renewable energy systems. Some say future funding will be focused more on the clean energy of natural gas displacing diesel and in building large, long-term hydro-power infrastructure—such as the 100-year Watana Dam.
Whatever it may be, we are sure to be bringing you continued coverage as the future unfolds. My hard-working and diligent team at Alaska Business Monthly has brought you another great magazine, enjoy!

—Susan Harrington, Managing Editor

This originally appeared in the April 2013 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly magazine.

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