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March 2017

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Alaska & Federal Crony Capitalists

Dr. Paul John Calricaraq Project Underway in Bethel

The last barge to Bethel up the Kuskokwim River brought pilings and thermocouples for one of the biggest construction projects in Alaska last fall, and the first barge this spring will bring the steel that was ordered in December.

John Eng

Most contractors pay attention to the details of impending work and evaluate specifics in advance, but few crawl around a job site on a blustery New Year’s Day to figure out a problem months before the startup date. An exception is C. John Eng, who says projects often occupied his mind long before the work commenced.

Cook Inlet Housing Authority’s 3600 Spenard

Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) develops housing to follow their vision of “Independence through Housing.” CIHA recently completed the development of two properties in East Anchorage and has one project under development in Spenard.

Preleasing Undeveloped Property

As either a new or existing commercial tenant, you may be tempted to prelease undeveloped property (to open a new business or move your business to). As we explain in our book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES, this is potentially the most unpredictable lease agreement for a tenant to enter into.

Alaska’s Mental and Behavioral Health Providers

Mental illnesses have a major impact on individuals and society as a whole. The annual direct and indirect economic cost of mental illness in the United States is estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Mental illness lowers individuals’ productivity and income; raises healthcare costs for other illnesses; and increases addiction, homelessness, and disability rates.

Insuring Your Future Exit

Business owners are risk-takers by nature. Interestingly, these same owners are often-times risk averse. What this means is that owners will assume risks in one area of their lives but not necessarily work to mitigate risks in other areas.

Maintaining Motivation, Employee Engagement, and Productivity in a Downturn Economy

With an economy under duress in Alaska, many companies are struggling to keep their workforces engaged and motivated. Economic pressures are requiring organizations to run leaner than they ever have before.

Bear Safety for North Slope Workers

Workers on the North Slope deal with a number of hazards such as the region’s remoteness and its notoriously poor weather. They also have to be on the lookout for wildlife, including grizzly and polar bears.

Legislative Priorities and Legislative Action

This legislative session in Juneau is all about money and the state’s wallet, or it should be. Just as a reminder: Revenue is In and the Budget is Out. So far, not much legislative action has been taken that would create a balanced or sustainable budget.
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