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December 2016

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Top Alaska Business Stories of 2016

Alaska has had a tumultuous year in 2016 and Alaska Business Monthly has shared many of the top stories in its magazine and on its website throughout the year. We’ve compiled a sampling to share with our readers. Many of the stories are from the northernmost reaches of the state and are preludes to big changes coming to the last frontier.

Tip of the Iceberg Jeopardizing Alaska

When taking into consideration the critical state of the Alaska economy, it’s not just about the price of oil; it’s also about the amount of oil.

Creating a Transferable Business (Part 4)

In our last article (Part 3 of this series, September 2016) we spoke about the less dependent a business was on the owner for smooth and profitable operation, the more valuable (thus transferable) the business becomes.

Hazardous Materials

On October 19 a nine-year cleanup effort came to conclusion at the Jodhpur Motorcross Park in Anchorage’s Kincaid Park. Joe Meehan, Lands & Refuge program coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says that over the course of the cleanup he estimates they’ve hauled out eighty to one hundred whole or partial cars; two thousand tires; and one hundred tons of other debris.

Childhood Trauma Costs Alaska’s Workforce Millions

Alaskans are having an increasingly expansive discussion about childhood trauma and the far-ranging impacts these events have on the economic, health, and social outcomes of individuals as well as the larger issues facing the state. Greater understanding of the biology of trauma is helping expand the understanding of the psychological impact of trauma.

Is cheap energy the enemy of efficiency?

In 2008, the price of oil hit $140 a barrel, double what it had been just a year before. The impact was felt throughout the country, and especially in Alaska, where we rely on oil in so many ways. The state budgeted $300 million to help Alaskans make their homes more energy efficient. Across the state, many residents started retrofitting their homes and burning more wood to save money.
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