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 Alaska Business special Mining Issue. As an Alaska-based, business-focused, community-minded publication (I love hyphens, what can I say?), we spend a lot of time talking about oil and gas. Many argue it is the foundation of Alaska’s economy, but oil and gas are not the only natural resources that make significant contributions to the state’s fiscal well-being.
November 2, 2017
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.”
August 3, 2017
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.
July 5, 2017
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.
June 1, 2017
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.
April 28, 2017
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.
April 1, 2017
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.
March 1, 2017
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.
February 1, 2017
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.
January 1, 2017
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.
December 1, 2016
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.
November 1, 2016
Letters to the Editor
Selfish decisions are a true disservice
January 4, 2017
Goal: 90% Alaskan teachers by 2015 (current rate is 30%)
December 22, 2016
Help is available
October 28, 2016
Be a part of Anchorage!
September 29, 2016