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Editorial

Susan Harrington, Managing Editor, Alaska Business Monthly

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

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.
Alaska Native Corporations

Alaska Native Corporations

Big boost to Alaska economy
Alaska Native Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) contribute a vast amount and diverse array of economic stability to the state’s $50 billion-plus GDP.
Energy and Power: Good news in the face of adversity

Energy and Power: Good news in the face of adversity

Alaska is uniquely and acutely aware of the necessity of understanding and balancing the business needs and environmental values implicit in the energy and environmental sectors of the economy.
Alaska Business Monthly's Best of Alaska Business 2016

Alaska Business Monthly's Best of Alaska Business 2016

Thank you to our readers who helped us select the winners of Alaska Business Monthly’s first annual Best of Alaska Business Awards
Planting Seeds of Change: Time to Grow a Garden

Planting Seeds of Change: Time to Grow a Garden

Take advantage of Alaska’s warming climate
Audrey Hepburn said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Alaskans all over the state might do well to grow a garden of fruits, vegetable, and herbs this summer; after all, with the climate changing more rapidly in Alaska than anywhere else on the planet we can all be productive gardeners.
SurThrival in the Economy

SurThrival in the Economy

Don’t just survive, thrive
A lot of companies are worried about survival in the current economy—still others have an inkling they are going to survive and want to also thrive.

Alaska’s Fiscal Frontier Springs Forward

In March the Alaska Legislature passed a nearly $9 billion FY17 Operating Budget and reduced the deficit by less than half a billion dollars.
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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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