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Alaska Film raises $80K, Anchorage #22 in Hourly Earnings, Retail Therapy, PAs Practice in AK, Air Cargo Summit, BiNW Event


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Film Raises $80K

Anchorage Ranked #22 for Hourly Earnings

Retail Therapy

PAs to Practice in AK

Recap - Air Cargo Summit

New & Renewing Investors

BiNW After Hours Event - Celebrating 4 Years of Design

To kick off their 5th year of business, BiNW cordially  invites you to an after hours reception at their offices with appetizers and cocktails as well as many spectacular door prizes.  

BiNW Alaska is a regional interior design firm specializing in creating spaces that inspire and revitalize.

When: Thurs., Sept. 22nd,
Where: Alutiiq Building
at 3906 Arctic Blvd.

Free appetizers & cocktails

Please RSVP to mgould@aedcweb.com
by September 19th.

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Olive Garden E-News Bulletin Film Raises $80K

Producers of the movie “On the Ice”, the first feature film shot in Alaska by an Iñupiaq, met their goal of raising $80,000 with the help of more than 800 people last week.  The funds will help to promote the movie so it can make it to the big screen.

“On the Ice” debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January and was awarded the Best First Feature Award in Berlin as well as the Crystal Bear at the 2011 Berlinale. However, the film didn’t have a distributor so the creators launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com to raise $80,000.  With the help of 840 people they met their goal and ended up raising $85,690. The money will help to cover cost for a film trailer and paying for marketing and advertising.

The film is a dramatic thriller set in the village of Barrow, based on two young men who become involved in a tragic accident that kills a boy.  Watch for it on the big screen!

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Anchorage Ranked #22 for Hourly Earnings

In a report done by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Garner Economics LLC, Anchorage was ranked 22nd out of 372 metro areas for Private Industry Average Hourly Earnings at $25.58 in July 2011. The report called, “Progress Report: Average Hourly Earnings in U.S. Metros”, examined the nation’s 372 metro areas for average hourly earnings, year-over year change and impact of inflation. 

Fairbanks was ranked in the top nineteen at #9 with $25.79 for having both average hourly earnings greater than the national average and a positive one-year earnings growth after inflation. The national average hourly earnings in July 2011 were $22.96 and earnings grew by 2.3% over the year.

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Retail Therapy

Over the past month, Anchorage has seen retail stores popping up all over town from the state’s first Apple Store inside the 5th Avenue Mall along with beauty mega-store Sephora, to the tasty delights of Yogurt Land at Ted Stevens International Airport.  Other interesting shops that have surfaced in the past month are Yogurt Lounge, the make-your-own dessert joint in South Anchorage at the O’Malley Centre Drive Mall and Posh Boutique, a hip women’s fashion boutique with clothing and accessories. 

Bill Popp of AEDC states, “The retail economy remains strong in Anchorage, with new businesses opening throughout the city it reinforces the fact that people are still spending and retail businesses are taking advantage of this.”

Another business looking to locate in Anchorage is Olive Garden, the popular Italian restaurant chain, who applied for a building permit in early May at the Tikahtnu Commons Mall.  Watch for an announcement of a second Olive Garden location in South Anchorage in the near future.  Keep your eyes peeled for new businesses popping up around you!

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PAs to Practice In AK

Graduates of UAA’s first physician assistant program say they plan to stay in Alaska to work after graduation.  The students received their physician assistant certificates from the University of Washington School of Medicine in ceremonies in Anchorage on August 18.

Twelve of the fifteen graduates
from the program want to stay in the state to practice medicine. The program, through the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program, is a collaborative partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and UAA. The program's main site is in Seattle, with locations in Spokane, Yakima and also Anchorage. In Alaska, a PA may be the only health care provider for hundreds of miles.

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Recap - Air Cargo Summit

In late August, the 2011 Alaska International Air Cargo Summit was held in Anchorage that attracted more than 18 air carries from around the world. This year’s theme was “Emerging Marketers Looking for Lift” which presented updates and valued information regarding the latest opportunities for expanding options in air cargo and freight forwarding in Alaska.  The information that’s been disclosed at the previous Air Cargo Summit has proven invaluable in changing the way cargo carriers move freight in Alaska.

Topics discussed were the specifics of special cargo transfer authorities available to international cargo carries at the state’s international airports. Other topics included Kulis Air National Guard Base and the regulations and facitilies available for lease on the property, which peaked interest by the film industry.

Anchorage is ranked the second-busiest cargo airport in the world, based on aircraft landed weight and ranks the sixth-busiest airport in the world based on weight of cargo

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Welcome new Investors:
Mind Matters Research
NCP Design/Build Ltd.
Weston Solutions

Thank you to our renewing Investors:
Alaska AFL-CIO, The Alaska Club Inc., Alaska Executive Search Inc., Alaska Interstate Construction LLC, Alaska National Insurance Company,  Alaska Rubber & Supply Inc., Anchorage Concert Association, Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage Sand & Gravel Co. Inc., AT&T, Beacon OHSS Inc., Cange & Chambers LLC, Carr Gottstein Properties, Chugach Electric Association Inc., Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, City Electric Inc., Cloud49, Cornerstone Construction, Credit Union 1, CRW Engineering Group, DenaliTEK Inc., DOWL HKM, Dowland-Bach Corporation, Evergreen Films LLC, Flint Hills Resources LP, First National Bank of Alaska, F.R. Bell & Associates Inc., Holmes Weddle & Barcott, JL Properties Inc., Ken Brady Construction Co., Lynden International, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Millennium Hotel Anchorage, Millrock Exploration Corp., ML&P, The Nerland Agency, Norcoast Mechanical, Northrim Bank, The Odom Corporation, PangoMedia Inc., PCL Construction, Penco AK, Porcaro Communications Inc., Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, RIM Architects Inc., Roger Hickel Construction Inc., Southcentral Alaska Council of Building & Construction, Spenard Builders Supply, The Tatitlek Corporation, Ted Stevens Anchorage Int'l Airport, UAA-CBPP, University of Pheonix, USKH, Weatherholt & Associates LLC, Wells Fargo Bank Alaska, The Wilson Agency LLC

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