From the Editor
“Alaska has a long mining history and can attribute much of its infrastructure to early explorers and miners… Alaska contains strategic minerals important to national security and the economy. The continued development and production of these resources by the mining industry is vitally important.” This sentiment from Resource Development Council for Alaska Executive Director Marleanna Hall is echoed by members of the mining industry throughout the state. This month in the Alaska Business Mining Special Section, we are fortunate to feature Hall’s outlook on the mining industry for the coming year. There are currently six major operating mines in Alaska primarily producing silver, zinc, gold, lead, and coal; materials that, as Hall points out, are used to make the products we use every day. From technology to housing, mining is inextricably linked to our daily needs. Which makes it none too surprising that the industry is responsible for more than 4,350 direct jobs in Alaska; $675 million in total direct and indirect payroll; $111 million in payments to Alaska Native corporations; and $81 million in state government-related revenues through rents, royalties, fees, and taxes, according to the Alaska Miners Association. Along with looking forward at the potential for mining in Alaska, in this issue we explore updates to the Pebble Project and an take a look at the work Trilogy Metals is conducting in the Ambler Mining District.
We also present a very special edition of Building Alaska in which the Construction Industry Progress Fund and the Associated General Contractors of Alaska offer the Alaska Construction
Spending Forecast as a guideline to construction activity and its effect on the 49th State in the year ahead. Spoiler alert: the industry will see some increases.
And what is the commencement of spring without the Alaska Business Spring Construction Round-Up? Contractors, engineers, architects, and builders from around the state have provided us with their latest and greatest projects to keep you up to date on all the construction happenings in Alaska.
Thank you to everyone who contributed their time and effort to this exciting issue packed full of all that is Alaska Business.
— Kathryn Mackenzie, Managing Editor, Alaska Business