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Financing Commercial Real Estate in Alaska

Financing Commercial Real Estate in Alaska

Anchorage developer Glenn Gellert of Trapline LLC does more than just develop housing; he helps create affordable homes. Gellert, along with co-developer John McGrew and Volunteers of America, recently opened the first phase of Trailside Heights in South Anchorage.

Three Poles: The Arctic, Antarctic, and Himalayas Connection

Three Poles: The Arctic, Antarctic, and Himalayas Connection

“The real voyage of discovery does not consist in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” —Marcel Proust

Alaska Develops Ports Central to Local Economies

Alaska Develops Ports Central to Local Economies

Alaska has more miles of seacoast—6,640—than any other state in the United States. The number two state is Florida at 1,350 miles of seacoast. If you count in tidelands, Alaskans have direct access to the ocean from about 34,000 miles of coast. A lot of that coast is rocky and forbidding and some of it is frozen for a large part of the year.

Is your IT In or Out

Is your IT In or Out

As Alaska companies strive to keep up with the ever-changing demands of information technology, many of them are taking a mixed approach to meeting their technical needs. They’re handling certain information technology functions in-house, bringing in technical consultants to enhance internal resources and outsourcing entire tasks to IT support companies.

Keeping Oil and Gas Industry Jobs in Alaska

Keeping Oil and Gas Industry Jobs in Alaska

According to the University of Alaska Institute of Social and Economic Research, a third of Alaska jobs, or approximately 127,000 positions, are dependent in some way on oil production or spending of state oil revenue. Close to 20 percent more jobs, or 60,000 positions, can be traced to the spinoff benefits of oil wealth, resulting in half of Alaska’s jobs being traced to oil development. With numbers like this, it is no wonder that many people, from employers to job recruiters to politicians, are concerned about the future of oil and gas employment in Alaska.

Mobile Agony and Ecstasy

My phone died a week into May. I knew it would happen, expected its demise last August under the unwritten rule of planned obsolescence when my two-year contract was up. I started checking out all the new phones when I started getting all the notices that I was eligible for a phone upgrade, and those started coming before my contract expired, in fact.

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