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Alaska Business Monthly, produced in Alaska for Alaskans and other U.S. and international audiences interested in the business affairs of the 49th state, aims to provide a thorough and objective analysis of issues and trends of interest to the Alaska business community. Featuring stories about individuals, organizations and companies shaping the Alaska economy, Alaska Business Monthly emphasizes the importance of enterprise and strives for statewide business coverage.

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From the Editor

Welcome to the Top 49ers 2017: Elements of Enterprise

Welcome to the Top 49ers 2017: Elements of Enterprise

Rethinking Recycling

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Since the early 1970s that slogan has been used to bring awareness to increasing air pollution, water contamination, and unchecked waste. In many parts of the Lower 48, recycling is not just second nature, it’s expected. Instead of pushing one garbage bin the curb for pickup, residents line up their municipality-provided recycling bins with their contents meticulously separated into paper, plastic, glass, and “other.”
Welcome to our Second Annual Best of Alaska Business Issue!

Welcome to our Second Annual Best of Alaska Business Issue!

Being the best at anything is difficult. It’s easy to float through life, never taking chances, just getting the job done—but reaching the peaks of greatness requires a mix of initiative, ingenuity, strategy, and creativity. Being the best takes strength and the ability to think independently and take risks.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or How I Arrived at “Alaska Business”

Spring in Alaska is like no other I’ve experienced. As the ice and last dregs of dirty snow disappear, surprising vistas emerge on a daily basis.

Life is change

From the Alaska Business Monthly office, in a currently thawing midtown Anchorage, we can see the former Northern Lights Hotel as it undergoes what is probably its final transformation. This evolution will bring about the long overdue demolition of the forty-seven-year-old building, which, when built in 1970, was so state-of-the-art that it even had color television—in every room.
Corporate 100 Shines Again

Corporate 100 Shines Again

Congratulations to all the companies of the Corporate 100 this year for employing so many people in Alaska—89,329. That is a huge chunk of the Alaska workforce and close to 40 percent of estimated average monthly private employment. The diverse range of employers in the 2017 Corporate 100 gives readers an idea of the rich cross-section of companies operating in the state—there are many industries represented.

Legislative Priorities and Legislative Action

Never the twain shall meet?
This legislative session in Juneau is all about money and the state’s wallet, or it should be. Just as a reminder: Revenue is In and the Budget is Out. So far, not much legislative action has been taken that would create a balanced or sustainable budget.
Dream Big Alaska

Dream Big Alaska

February is a great month in Alaska, the days start getting longer, the session in Juneau gets into full swing, and Engineers Week encourages students to consider engineering as a profession. Engineers across the state, the nation, and the world deliver the DiscoverE message to Dream Big during Engineers Week, Girl Day, Global Day, and in its Future City competition.
Alaska Economic Outlook 2017

Alaska Economic Outlook 2017

'Bright, if...'
Happy New Year! We asked leaders across Alaska for their comments on the economic outlook for 2017, and the common theme is an optimistic outlook as long as there is proper legislative action taken and diversification of the economy. Alaska Business Monthly believes “Alaska Can Do It,” and we’re confident the business community will prosper.
Tip of the Iceberg Jeopardizing Alaska

Tip of the Iceberg Jeopardizing Alaska

When taking into consideration the critical state of the Alaska economy, it’s not just about the price of oil; it’s also about the amount of oil.
Vote

Vote

Vote this November in the General Election. Registered voters should turn out in force to make a difference with their votes. In the August Primary Election only 88,817 of 515,714 registered Alaska voters cast ballots—a 17.2 percent turnout. As an aside to contrast this year’s poor Primary Election participation, in Alaska’s 1992 General Election, 82.9 percent of registered voters cast ballots—the highest percentage of voters so far.
Best Places to Work in Alaska

Best Places to Work in Alaska

Hands down I would say this issue lists forty-nine of the best places to work in Alaska—our 2016 Top 49ers. Although, I should point out that we originally intended to expound on the First Annual Best of Alaska Business Awards winners of the Best Place to Work category, it just so happens that two of the three happen to be Top 49ers: First National Bank Alaska and Bristol Bay Native Corporation.
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Letters to the Editor

OPINION-EDITORIAL Polar bears over people, environmentalism over economies

OPINION-EDITORIAL Polar bears over people, environmentalism over economies

Selfish decisions are a true disservice
OP-ED University of Alaska Working to Build a Culture of Education in Alaska

OP-ED University of Alaska Working to Build a Culture of Education in Alaska

Goal: 90% Alaskan teachers by 2015 (current rate is 30%)
OP-ED Make Mental Health a Priority

OP-ED Make Mental Health a Priority

Help is available
Letter from Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Chair

Letter from Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Chair

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The Kids Halloween Train

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017

This event occurs weekly, on Saturday.

Catch a ride on the Kids Halloween Train on Saturday, Oct. 21 and 28. With departures at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., the 2.5 hour family-friendly ride includes costumes, crafts, treats and more! Tickets are $69 for adults and $35 for children ages 2-11. Children under age two are considered “infant in lap” and ride for free with an accompanying adult.

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The Kids Halloween Train

Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 28, 2017

This event occurs weekly, on Saturday.

Catch a ride on the Kids Halloween Train on Saturday, Oct. 21 and 28. With departures at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., the 2.5 hour family-friendly ride includes costumes, crafts, treats and more! Tickets are $69 for adults and $35 for children ages 2-11. Children under age two are considered “infant in lap” and ride for free with an accompanying adult.

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Noel Bazaar

Nov 18, 2017

Join us for this year’s Noel Bazaar!  Shop more than 50 fabulous vendors, browse oodles of Holiday booths, caroling, bake sale and lots of door prizes!  Take in the Quilt, Fabric, Yarn and Gift Shop sale. Enjoy breakfast or lunch in the Arctic Rose Café.  Free parking, free admission and gift wrapping available.  Surprises around every corner!!

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