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October 2013

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Marc Langland

Marc Langland

Marc Langland does not remember the motto of the first bank where he worked. But the 1964 calendar from Tri-County State Bank in Zearing, Iowa, promises customers that their bank is “Strong Enough to Protect You . . . Large Enough to Serve You . . . Small Enough To Know You.”

Proactive Oilfield Safety

Alaska is home to some of the most dangerous jobs in America. Commercial fishing, a fast-moving construction industry, and natural resource extraction are among the most dangerous jobs in the nation, according to the federal Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ census of fatal occupational injuries.

Mobile Migration Methods

Mobile Migration Methods

Last year, the Matanuska-Susitna Convention and Visitors Bureau (Mat-Su CVB) made a well-calculated move by launching a separate website—Alaskavisit.mobi—to cater specifically to smartphone users. Visitors connect seamlessly through the main site at Alaskavisit.com, which detects their mobile device platform and redirects them to a modified version of the content. The mobile site ties directly into the database of the main website, and visitors hardly notice they’re browsing a different web address. “We wanted responsive design,” says Mat-Su CVB Marketing and Communications Manager Casey Ressler.

Alaska Business Monthly’s 2013 Top 49ers: Blockbusters of Business

Alaska Business Monthly’s 2013 Top 49ers: Blockbusters of Business

Roll out the red carpet and set out your best business attire; this year’s Blockbusters of Business, Alaska Business Monthly’s Top 49ers, are ready for the stage. These companies are the producers, directors, actors, costumers, and set designers in Alaska’s economy, keeping it alive, fresh, and—key for any blockbuster—making money.

The Challenge of College Affordability: University of Alaska is a bargain in shaping the future

The Challenge of College Affordability: University of Alaska is a bargain in shaping the future

The canvas is epic. Over the last decade, student debt in America has skyrocketed to more than $1 trillion (per the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau) which will lead to a total lifetime wealth loss of $4 trillion for indebted households without accounting for the impact of defaults. The average student debt is approximately $26,600 (the average University of Alaska student debt is approximately $24,000). Roughly $864 billion is outstanding in federal student loan debt while the remaining $150 billion is in private student loan debt. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, of the approximately 20 million Americans who attend college each year, almost 60 percent borrow annually to help cover costs; and there are around 37 million student loan borrowers with outstanding student loans today.

The William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery

The William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery

Ninety million dollars may seem like a lot of money to spend on raising fish. For Alaskans, who dream of and brag about their fish, the price tag for the new sport fish hatchery on Ship Creek in Anchorage is worth the money. After all, fishing contributes an estimated $1.4 billion to the State’s economy and produces more than $500 million in income every year. Fish are important to the Alaska lifestyle.

Why Alaska Needs to Reduce State Spending (and how to do it)

Based on state Office of Management and Budget data, over the last decade annual state government general fund spending—operating and capital combined—has nearly tripled, from roughly $2.3 billion in FY 2004 to a now-projected $7.1 billion for FY 2014.

House Money

House Money

This summer saw an exciting development for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC).

Going Mobile

The latest viral iteration of information technology is taking shape across the world—people are going mobile. Mobile is the new way of computing, condensing, connecting, and doing business. People are keeping their mobile devices near and dear, and the trend for increased use is growing at an accelerated pace. Phone calls, texts, browsing, social media, and mobile commerce all come into play through the constant use of mobile technology.

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