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


Alaska Business Monthly’s annual Top 49ers list of Alaskan-owned and -operated businesses, ranked by gross revenue, is an enduring and iconic feature of the magazine—we’ve been presenting these Gems of the North for 27 years. This year, the 28th, is no exception, though the companies on the list are exceptional.

In the past we’ve been privileged to honor the people of these Alaska businesses at an awards luncheon the first week of October and we are excited to once again, finalizing preparations as this issue goes to press. This year’s luncheon, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in downtown Anchorage, is being co-hosted by the folks at the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. We are grateful to the Alaska Chamber for its support, including the Alaska Business Monthly Top 49ers award luncheon as an item on their annual convention agenda and for loaning us their keynote speaker for the event. Honoring the Top 49ers is a great way to start off the frosty month of October and we look forward to it every year.

There is so much going on in Alaska at press time and LNG is the bellwether for what could become the biggest driving force to the state’s economy other than meaningful oil tax reform, which is the single most important action for our economy. It is good to remember the world of difference between the production of natural gas and the production of oil—although any pipeline construction or LNG infrastructure built in-state would be an enormous boost to the economy. We hold high hopes the time for marketing stranded gas has arrived. It is also important to know the difference between subsidized exploration of small fields and reformed taxes for legacy field mega production, and understand how crucial this is to the Alaska economy. Next month we all have the opportunity to make an impact with votes for those who would help in the development of the Alaska economy.

More on the October issue—it has a great line-up of articles for our readers. We have regular items such as View from the Top, featuring Fiori D’Italia Restaurant, and HR Matters with a most informative idea from Lynne Curry for keeping great talent, “The Stay Interview.” The Regional Focus this month looks at the Alaska North Slope, with oilfields and Barrow highlighted. The Oil & Gas section includes interesting articles about Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, the upcoming November lease sales, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy’s authority over liquefied natural gas facilities and sales, as well as Scott Goldsmith’s commentary on the economy: “Eye on the Prize: Petroleum.” Another view on the Alaska economy is by an author new to Alaska and to Alaska Business Monthly, Dr. Ashok K. Roy, and we’re very excited to have him on board.

The rest of the magazine includes articles about corporate citizenship, recent Business Week activities in Fairbanks, online banking, behavioral health, private commercial construction in Anchorage, Less than Truck Load (LTL) freight transportation, geothermal power across the state, the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention, and four Top 49ers are featured as well. We’ve added a new item to our Departments called Agenda, it’s a calendar of business happenings around the state, and we’d like to invite readers to send submissions to surveys@akbizmag.com with AGENDA in the subject line. We will need those submissions at least two months prior to the month the event is to be held.

Finally, I want once again to salute our Top 49ers, these Gems of the North truly make Alaska sparkle. Thanks for reading—we’ve got a really great magazine this month, enjoy!

—Susan Harrington, Managing Editor

This article first appeared in the October 2012 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly magazine.
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