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February 2017

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Alaska Native Corporation 8(a) Graduates

The US Small Business Administration exists to assist small business growth and development through loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other initiatives. One of those is the 8(a) Business Development Program, which helps “small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace,” in large part through sole-source contracts.

International Connections: ANC Air Freight Gateway

It’s not an unusual day to see seventy or more cargo aircraft transiting Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport destined for international hubs. Despite Alaska’s waning economy Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is a predictable economic engine and a solid International transportation player with a future.

Asia Now, Asia the Future for Alaska’s International Trade

What happens across the Pacific Ocean has always been important to Alaska’s export industries. For many decades, Alaska’s main international trade partners have been the major markets in Asia. As the late Alaska Governor Walter Hickel put it, “our political ties are with the United States, but our economic ties are with Asia.

Manufactured Exports from Alaska

All developed economies include a value-added sector; Alaska’s small but nationally competitive manufacturing is strong but narrow, with room to grow. Alaska’s notoriously high energy costs and remote location present unique operational challenges for any business owner, let alone those aspiring to export products overseas.

Arctic Commerce

Alaska’s unique geographic position on the globe may once again prove to be an advantage. For decades Alaska’s vast store of natural resources, combined with its strategic location on the Pacific Rim, has resulted in significant export opportunities, primarily to major Asian markets, that now amount to some $5 billion annually.

Cook Inlet without Tax Credits

In 2009, an energy crisis threatened Southcentral Alaska. For decades, communities in the region between Homer and Talkeetna were fueled by oil and gas from Cook Inlet. According to the Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA), 80 percent of the electricity in the region was generated by natural gas.

Engineer of the Year Nominees

Every year nominees from local engineering professional societies are recognized and considered for the Alaska Engineer of the Year Award.

Dream Big Alaska

February is a great month in Alaska, the days start getting longer, the session in Juneau gets into full swing, and Engineers Week encourages students to consider engineering as a profession. Engineers across the state, the nation, and the world deliver the DiscoverE message to Dream Big during Engineers Week, Girl Day, Global Day, and in its Future City competition.
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