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October 2012

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Winning Number for Top 49ers Diamond

Winning Number for Top 49ers Diamond

Top 49ers: Gems of the North

Alaskan-owned and -operated companies are brilliant this year and balance sheets for these 49 companies tallied $16.16 billion in gross revenues for 2011, and employed 70,497 worldwide, with 25,138 of those employees in Alaska.

Eye on the Prize: Petroleum

Eye on the Prize: Petroleum

The Alaska economy has always been dependent on its abundant natural resources of wildlife, fish, timber and minerals, but none has transformed Alaska like petroleum since we became a state. Research done at the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research funded by Northrim Bank has estimated that two-thirds of the job growth since 1960 is attributable to petroleum and that half of today’s jobs and income can be traced back to petroleum.

FERC & DOE LNG Primer

FERC & DOE LNG Primer

Forget for a moment the challenges for an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project—whether buyers in Japan or China will sign long-term contracts to buy the gas—whether an Alaska project can offer gas at competitive rates overseas—or maybe whether prices in North America will rebound.

Strategies to Prepare Alaska for the Economic Marathon

Strategies to Prepare Alaska for the Economic Marathon

The purpose of this commentary is to paint with a broad brush the new global ecosystem in which Alaska’s economy will operate in the years ahead, make some suggestions to guard against the hubris of past success and Black Swans (i.e., high impact events), and generate cognitive discourse on Alaska’s fiscal structure and economy.

Business Week Sprouts Leaders

Business Week Sprouts Leaders

Are Alaska businesses pondering the problem of knowledge transfer and the aging workforce? Are we wondering how we’ll get tomorrow’s leaders—or where they’ll come from?

Saluting Alaska Business Monthly’s Top 49ers: Gems of the North

Private Commercial Construction

Private Commercial Construction

Modest construction growth increases of 3 percent over the last few years may not be an indication of a strong, rebounding economy, but it does have Alaskan developers guardedly optimistic. “There are many projects in progress across the state that are getting completed,” says Mark Pfeffer, president of Pfeffer Development, a multidisciplinary commercial real estate development firm based in Alaska.

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