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December 2013

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ANC Subsidiary Growth

ANC Subsidiary Growth

From sea to land to sky, Alaska Native Corporation subsidiaries are integrating the latest technologies, most innovative business models, and talented managers to achieve notable success despite a struggling state and national economy.

Arctic Decisions Made at National and International Levels

Arctic Decisions Made at National and International Levels

The Arctic is opening, posing opportunities as well as risks. Some see the potential for oil and gas exploration and new shipping routes as positives. Others see dire consequences from severe storms, wildlife effects, coastal erosion, and melting permafrost.

Urban Energy Efficiency Efforts

Urban Energy Efficiency Efforts

Energy efficiency efforts in Alaska’s urban areas are saving money and energy. Select schools in Anchorage, a library in Homer, a health center in Fairbanks, and the airport in Juneau are a few public success stories where savings are being realized through energy efficiency programs for new and existing infrastructure.

Developing people that impact your bottom line (in a good way)

Most organizations realize that their employees are the biggest factor in delivering a robust bottom line. You need people out on the front lines interacting with customers in a positive way that builds loyalty or delivers a great product or service. Without those folks, you might as well give up and take up knitting full time. You can’t build a prosperous business without a motivated and prepared team delivering the right results in a timely way. Many organizations think they are on that path. They invest in employee development by sending employees off to some workshops or classes that someone saw in a mailer or heard about from someone else. These workshops or seminars usually last one or two days and are given by some speaker of known—or unknown—repute. The employees return to work afterwards and the workshop may or may not get discussed at the next staff meeting. If you’re a lucky employee, you may even go to a convention in some nice place if you’re chosen by the powers that be. But that’s usually the extent of the process, until the same thing happens next year. Frankly, most of the time it’s a waste of company money! There is a better way to invest in people and at the same time measure the bottom line impact.

The Alaska Community Foundation

The Alaska Community Foundation

On the threshold of its 20th anniversary of giving in 2015, The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) has plenty to celebrate. As the central organization for donor advised funds, affiliate funds, nonprofit organizational funds, and field of interest funds, it represents the best of Alaska’s shared value of giving back to its communities, changing lives for the better.

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