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Sullivan Votes to Confirm Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary

02/27/17

Sullivan Votes to Confirm Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross.   “I was proud to cast my vote today to confirm Wilbur Ross as the next Secretary of Commerce. In meetings with Mr. Ross, and through his confirmation process, I have been impressed with his knowledge of many issues important to Alaska – including trade, infrastructure and the need to reform our regulatory system – as well as his own business experience in our state. I look forward to working with Secretary Ross on growing job opportunities for Alaskans and ensuring Alaska’s fisheries remain the strongest and best-managed...

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Coffee and Kelp Take the Path to Prosperity

02/27/17

Coffee and Kelp Take the Path to Prosperity

Two Southeast Alaska businesses have been recognized as innovative entrepreneuers. Skya’ana Coffee Co. and Wild Alaska Kelp Co. will each receive up to $40,000 in seed money for consulting/technical assistance to develop the business concept, along with support in finding investor funding. Path to Prosperity (P2P) is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Spruce Root Inc., formerly the Haa Aaní Community Development Fund Inc. The goal of the P2P sustainable business development competition is to grow entrepreneurs in Southeast Alaska whose businesses will have a positive economic, social and environmental impact on their communities. Skya’ana Coffee opened in 2015 and is a coffee roaster and coffee shop that offers pastries, wraps, teriyaki and...

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Ivory Ban is Affecting Native Artists

02/27/17

Ivory Ban is Affecting Native Artists

The distance between Africa and Alaska is 8,597 miles, but earnest efforts to protect African elephants are having unintended consequences for Alaska Natives. Legislation banning the sale and trade of elephant ivory is impacting our ability to sell legal ivory artworks from walrus, mammoth and mastodon – a devastating economic result for Alaska Native artists.   VOICE is asking lawmakers to publicly clarify anti-ivory legislation to exclude traditional uses in order to preserve the economic well-being of Alaska’s Native artists.   Learn more here and here.     What are we up to? Visit our website for more information about VOICE. Get the latest news and updates on actions taken by the...

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Alaska Capital Engineers Announce Winners at Engineers Week Banquet

02/27/17

Alaska Capital Engineers Announce Winners at Engineers Week Banquet

The Alaska Capital Engineers (ACE) culminated National Engineers Week with a Banquet at the Baranof Hotel Saturday night. Approximately 70 guests attended the Banquet which included keynote speaker Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister; presentation of Juneau Engineering Projects of the Year for Infrastructure and Innovation; announcement of the Outstanding Engineer of the Year for the local Engineering societies; and announcement of the ACE High School scholarship Winners.   ACE is made up by the Juneau Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Juneau Section of the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.   The keynote speaker Rear Admiral Michael F. McAllister assumed the duties of Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District in June 2016. He is...

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02/27/17

Spay and Neuter Assistance for World Spay Day, February 28, 2016

In 2016 Anchorage Animal Care and Control (AACC) took in 1,509 cats and 1,615 dogs either as strays or surrendered by families. Here is one thing that every cat and dog owner can do to help reduce that number: spay or neuter your pet.   In honor of World Spay Day, AACC and Friends of Pets have teamed up to help get more pets altered. Friends of Pets is offering 50 spay/neuter assistance coupons for residents of the Municipality of Anchorage (please bring identification).   • The coupons will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis at AACC (4711 Elmore Road), beginning on 2/28/17 until gone. • Coupons can be redeemed at the Alaska SPCA (100% of surgery cost) or at any local veterinary clinic (covers the equivalent cost as at Alaska SPCA)....

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02/27/17

Women Entrepreneurs of Alaska Announces 2017 Winners

Congrats to the winners for the 3rd Annual Women Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards.   Charity Bieber-Folcik for Business Excellence Tracey Parrish for Business Leadership Teresa Jacobsson for Mentorship Victoria Kellie for Community Support Lindsay Nielson for Start Up Business Elizabeth Eldridge as Women Entrepreneur Member of the Year Suzanne Hickel for Woman Entrepreneur of the Year    It was an amazing evening and time to celebrate.   Here's to a great year of growth and entrepreneurship ahead!  

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02/27/17

Juneau Note: Operating Budget Public Testimony

As the 90-day legislative session nears the halfway point, the House is closing in on the budget and spending priorities. House Finance Subcommittees considered proposals to eliminate, modify or enhance items based on the Constitution and input from Alaskans. The House Finance Committee will consider subcommittee recommendations and take statewide public testimony before making final changes and ratifying a budget.   Below are the dates and times scheduled for public testimony for each part of the state. I encourage you to go in person to testify at your local Legislative Information Office (LIO),  as there are limited phone lines available for those who cannot go in person or do not have an LIO in their own community. You are welcome to go to any LIO near you if...

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2017 Alaska Young Professionals Summit - Keynote Speaker Announced

02/27/17

2017 Alaska Young Professionals Summit - Keynote Speaker Announced

2017 ALASKA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMIT March 30-31, 2017  |  Dena'ina Center   EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (ENDS FEB. 28!)  General Admission: $250 Anchorage Chamber Members: $195 REGISTER TODAY!   2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER   BRIAN WONG Author, The Cheat Code...

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02/27/17

Murkowski: SRS Funding is Critical to Alaska, Nation

  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, recently sent a letter to President Trump urging him to include mandatory funding for the Secure Rural School (SRS) program in his upcoming budget request for Fiscal Year 2018. Murkowski also signed a similar letter in support of SRS to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney.   “In my home state of Alaska, the Forest Service controls approximately 22 million acres of land, including 17 million acres in the Southeast region,” Murkowski said. “With the Forest Service failing to responsibly manage our forests, timber harvests have declined and many communities have been left with inadequate funding for schools, forcing them to depend on SRS. We must ensure this...

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02/27/17

New Map: State Corporate Tax Rates

Washington, DC (Feb. 27, 2017) - With federal tax reform efforts seeking to lower the 35 percent tax rate on corporations, it's also worth remembering that most states also impose taxes that can push business tax marginal rates above 40 percent. New analysis from Tax Foundation Policy Analyst Morgan Scarboro shows the corporate tax brackets and tax rates for these states and the District of Columbia.   At 12 percent, Iowa has the highest top marginal rate in the country, followed by Pennsylvania (9.99 percent), Minnesota (9.8 percent), Alaska (9.4 percent), Connecticut (9 percent), New Jersey (9 percent), and D.C. (9 percent).   "Though often thought of as a major tax type, corporate income taxes account for just 5.4 percent of state tax collections and...

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