Alaskans’ economic confidence dipped in the first quarter of 2018, as measured by the Alaska Confidence Index (ACI). The composite index fell to 51.9, a drop of 2.6 points from the fourth quarter of 2017. The decline was driven by weakness in respondents’ read of the current situation at all levels—state, local, and personal—as well as slightly worsening expectations for local and state economic conditions.
Governor Bill Walker signed Administrative Order No. 293 to memorialize Alaska’s military heritage and explore the creation of an Alaska Military History Museum.
Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat (VOICE) and its North Slope members are committed to our continued involvement with the Kaktovikmiut and assisting them in working with BLM and the Department of Interior throughout the scoping and EIS processes to bring forward the concerns of our communities.
Alaska’s total employment was down an estimated 0.8 percent in March from March 2017, a loss of about 2,600 jobs.
After careful review, the Department of Natural Resources is taking steps to reestablish the Bristol Bay Advisory Group, originally created to provide input on the 1984 Bristol Bay Area Plan (BBAP).
A joint and multinational contingent of Reservists kicked off Arctic Care 2018, an Innovative Readiness Training Exercise based out of Kotzebue, Alaska, April 16.
The Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation’s Office of Boating Safety has released the State of Alaska’s 2017 boating accident statistics in advance of Safe Boating Week (May 19-25, 2018). Statistics include U.S. Coast Guard reportable accidents involving boats used for non-commercial purposes such as recreation, personal transportation, and subsistence.
Governor Bill Walker announced the delegation for Opportunity Alaska: China Trade Mission, which will include fisheries, tourism, and investment businesses, as well as a baby food maker, an architecture firm, and a university.
The Governor proposed legislation, SB 176 ("An Act Establishing the Alaska Tax Credit Certificate Bond Corporation"), which would authorize the issuance of bonds to pay off the state's tax credit liability in a lump sum rather than paying it down incrementally over the coming years.