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AED talks about "Fast Tables", Top Earning Women and High Speed Internet for Rural Alaska


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Alaska Ranks  #7 in Forbes.com "Best States For Women's Earnings"

Alaska ranked 7th in the December 2009 Forbes.com Article "Top-Earning States For Women" with a weekly median income of $719. Washington, D.C., tops the list with area women earning $866 a week. These are well above the national median of $638.

On the bottom of the list was Mississippi, where women's median income was only $510 per week.

The list, based on a July 2009 release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, ranked the median weekly earnings of full-time women workers by state. The full article is available at forbes.com.

2010 Economic Forecast Luncheon Tables Going Fast

If you are planning on attending the upcoming AEDC Economic Forecast Luncheon on January 27th at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention now is the time to get tickets. The event is headlined by Stephen Dubner, co-author of FREAKONOMICS and SUPERFREAKONOMICS .

In his presentation, Mr. Dubner will show that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and-if the right questions are asked-is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Mr. Dubner's presentation has been graciously sponsored by GCI.

AEDC will also present the 2010 Anchorage Economic Forecast sponsored by AT & T and the 2nd Annual Business Confidence Index sponsored by Premera -Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska.

The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 11:30 A.M. at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention with a book signing with the author to follow. For more information or to register, please visit the event page or call 907-258-3700.

High-Speed Internet Project to Receive $25.3 Million in ARRA Funds

On December 18, 2009 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Alaska Sen. Mark Begich announced that The Southwest Alaska Broadband Rural Expansion (SABRE) will receive $25.3 million in funding made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The project will be funded in part by the Recovery Act Broadband Infrastructure component of the ARRA.  In addition to the $25.3 million in government funding the project has also raised $6.3 million in private funding bringing the total to $31.6 million.

The project, which is administered by Rivada Sea Lion LLC of Anchorage, will provide advanced, high-speed broadband Internet service to residents in 53 unserved, subsistence-level rural communities. Communities located across a 90,000 square mile area in Southwestern Alaska will benefit. Slated to create salaried positions valued at over $1.5 million per year for village residents through high technology jobs, the project uses leading edge 4G technologies (terrestrial meshed wireless and satellite) to connect the proposed service area at only 10 percent of the cost of fiber optic/microwave terrestrial broadband technologies. The project is expected to create immediate Internet access at 20 times the speed currently available and deliver that service at a cost that's 80 percent lower to the customer.

"Expanding and improving broadband in rural areas of Alaska is key to economic success and job creation," Sen. Begich said.

House Energy Committee releases House Energy Stakeholders Group report as well as Draft Omnibus Energy and Energy Policy Bills

The House Special Committee on Energy met on Friday, December 11th to release two important pieces of energy legislation, the House Energy Omnibus Bill and the State Energy Policy Bill drafts.

The House Energy Omnibus legislation brings together the best elements of several energy bills that were introduced last session and covers a broad range of energy issues from the creation of a state department of energy to energy audits for public buildings.

The State Energy Policy legislation was created by the House Energy Stakeholders Group, a diverse group of Alaskans with years of experience in energy issues who volunteered their time to help the legislature craft an overall energy policy for the state. Offering an overview of the group's conclusions and process were Bill Popp, President & CEO of AEDC as well as Caitlin Higgins of the Alaska Conservation Alliance.

Both will be filed for the 2010 legislative session. 

For more information visit the House Energy Committee website.

And We Have a Winner ....

The lucky winner of the Anchorage "Orso & Opera Night Out" is Harpoon Construction Group, Inc.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Business Confidence Index Survey. With 213 qualified respondents representing all sectors of the Anchorage economy we exceeded our goals and are confident that the Business Confidence Index will adequately represent the views of the Anchorage business community.

The results will be presented at the Anchorage Economic Forecast Luncheon on January 27th. Thank you to Orso Ristorante and Anchorage Opera for their gift sponsorship as well as our Business Confidence Index sponsor Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska.

Welcome New Investor

Charlene's Express Travel

Thank you to our renewing members:

Holmes Weddle & Barcott  
Beacon OHSS, Inc.    
Weatherholt & Associates, L.L.C. 

Our mailing address is:

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
510 L Street, Suite 603
Anchorage, AK 99501
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