Alaska Natural Resources Propel State Economy
Alaska is a natural resources state, which includes oil and gas, mining, forestry, fisheries, and tourism industries providing jobs and revenue to the overall economy as well as to state, local, and federal governments. There are two great conferences this month, and the November issue of Alaska Business Monthly is packed with natural resources articles.
We’ve highlighted the mining industry in our annual special section, which begins on page 74 with a message from Alaska Miners Association Executive Director Deantha Crockett: “The Future of Mining in Alaska.” The organization’s Fall Convention and Trade Show “Mining Alaska: Prospect to Profit” is November 1-7 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage and is not to be missed. I’ve included a few details from the Alaska Miners Association.
In 2014, the Mining Industry provided:
- 4,400 direct mining jobs in Alaska
- 8,700 total direct and indirect jobs attributed to Alaska mining industry
- $620 million in total direct and indirect payroll
- $144 million in payments to Alaska Native corporations
- $119 million in state government revenue through rents, royalties, fees, and taxes
- $20 million in local government revenue through property taxes and payments in lieu of taxes
Forestry is beginning to make a comeback:
- 700 direct jobs supported (January-September)
- 105 federal jobs supported last year
- 153 million board feet harvested last year in Alaska
Fisheries are wild, sustainable, and globally important:
- 63,000 direct seasonal and full-time jobs
- 5.8 billion pounds of seafood was landed in Alaska in 2013
- $1.9 billion in ex-vessel value; $3.3 billion in sales to export markets
- $200 million in revenue for state and local governments
- $1.4 billion sportfishing industry provides 16,000 jobs, $545 million in income, and $125 million in state and local taxes
Tourism supports thousands of businesses:
- 39,000 direct and indirect jobs
- ~2 million visitors per year
- 86% travel in summer
- 50% arrive by cruise ship, 46% by air
- $1.8 billion spent during year ending September 2014
Something else not to be missed—free airline tickets! At press time, no one had claimed the Top 49ers awards luncheon door prizes, which include two roundtrip tickets on Ravn Alaska, among other prizes. The winning entry numbers were on the USB cards given out as swag at the luncheon; you need to plug in the drive, open the JPG file, and find the entry number. Go online to akbizmag.com/Top49erPrize and see what you’ve won, then contact us to redeem. One more thing you’re not going to want to miss is the November issue of Alaska Business Monthly. We’ve put together another really great magazine. Enjoy!
SUSAN HARRINGTON, MANAGING EDITOR
In This Issue
Out of the Mine and into the Smelter
Mining has long been a key fixture of Alaska’s economy. On a small scale, people flock to the 49th state to tour different operations. Kennecott Mine was once a booming copper mining site and is now a National Historic Landmark, attracting tourists eager to visit the ghost town and get a feel of the Gold Rush era it once dominated.