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  1. Startup Week 2017: Public Policy Supports Entrepreneurism and InnovationRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 28 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    With funds raised through intrastate crowdfunding, Baranof Island Brewing Company opened a new tap room and brewery in Sitka. Tackling Alaska's first recession since the 1980s will require a new, innovative approach to public policy.


  2. Deal struck on capital budgetRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 21, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    On July 27, the Legislature will convene what is expected to be a one-day special session to pass the state's capital construction budget. "We have conducted a straw poll, and the 27th is the day," Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche said by phone Thursday.


  3. Vigor works to cut turnover by training local workforceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 28, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The second half of the ferry Tazlina is in the process of modular construction at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Ketchikan. From left to right, Chad Silvertson, Doug Ward, Sierra Callis and Aaron Shay look over the bow of the ferry Tazlina under construction in Ketchikan.


  4. ISER: State payments to local governments doubled over decadeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 21, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    A $7.6 million cruise ship berth rehabilitation project at the Ketchikan Visitors Center is seen after completion by Orion Marine Contractors for the city in 2013. Despite ranking as just the seventh-largest Alaska borough, Ketchikan's budget relies on state assistance for only 7 percent of its budget thanks to sales and lodging taxes that bring in major revenue from about a million visitors per year.


  5. Alaska's - Chief Encouragement Officer'Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 21, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Allan Johnston, dubbed the Chief Encouragement Officer, has been a driver of entrepreneurship, mentoring and innovation efforts in Alaska for nearly two decades since the first Alaska Business Plan Competition at the turn of the century. He's become even more active since retiring from Wedbush Securities in 2012 after a 36-year career.


  6. Marine highway supporters look for new ideas amid challengesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 14, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The M/V Tustumena is again on the disabled list for most of the season as the state nears drafting its replacement. Earlier this month the Alaska Marine Highway System announced the "Rusty Tusty," as the state ferry is affectionately known to many, would be out of service until at least Aug. 15 after inspectors uncovered more damage to steel in the Tustumena's engine room.


  7. Fish Factor: Managers deploy across state amid budget impasseRead the original story w/Photo

    May 24, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Alaska salmon managers are hoping for the best and planning for the worst as lawmakers extend into a special session to try and agree on a state budget. It is the third year in a row they have not finished their legislative session on time due to budget differences.


  8. Guest Commentary: House Majority - school tax' fails to achieve fairnessRead the original story w/Photo

    May 3, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The Alaska State House passed the "Education Funding Act" as House Bill 115 on April 16 by a unanimous vote of all 22 House Coalition members. However, none of the other 18 members of the House voted for the bill.


  9. Entrepreneurs awarded at UA competitionRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 26, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Pandere Shoe inventors Laura Oden, Cecila Crossett and Ayla Rogers took second place at the 2017 Alaska Business Plan Competition April 21 at the Beartooth Theatre hosted by the University of Alaska Business Enterprise Institute. The trio of Alaska Pacific University students also carried away the Best Student Business Plan, InnovateHER, and the Manufacturing Kicker awards for their shoe design that expands to fit swollen feet.


  10. Legislature considering bills to advance state maricultureRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 8, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Alaska is getting closer to having a more robust seafood farming industry, potentially adding another billion dollars to the state's economy over the next few decades. The House Fisheries Committee perused a pair of bills on March 7 that would make changes to the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development's mariculture revolving loan fund and allow for more enhancement projects for Alaska king crab and other shellfish.


  11. State agency will work to keep graphite refinery in AlaskaRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The Graphite Creek Deposit is characterized by coarse, crystalline, or large-flake, graphite, with mineralization exposed at the surface along the Kigluaik Mountain Range front on the Seward Peninsula about 40 miles north of Nome. Graphite One Resources and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority signed an agreement Feb. 7 to work together with the goal of keeping the processing of the high-quality graphite in the state.


  12. State agency will work to keep graphite refinery in AlaskaRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 21, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The state infrastructure bank is partnering with a junior graphite mining company in an effort to keep Alaska's natural resources in state a little longer. A memorandum of understanding, or MOU, signed Feb. 7 by leaders of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and Graphite One Resources Inc. aims to find a suitable site for a value-added graphite processing facility in conjunction with the mine the company is working to develop.


  13. Movers and Shakers for Feb. 19Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 15, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Kumin, an Anchorage architecture firm, has promoted staff architect Sarah Salazar to the position of associate, making her the youngest associate in Kumin's 40-year history. She joined Kumin in 2010, relocating from New Mexico, where she served as a project manager for the Air Force, managing large-scale military projects from programming through construction.


  14. State moves to sell Taku ferryRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 31, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    The State of Alaska is considering selling the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Taku. The ship was commissioned in 1963.


  15. Movers & Shakers for Jan. 29Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Natalie Cale has joined the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer as an owner based in the firm's Alaska office. Her primary areas of practice include real estate, business organization, commercial and employment law.


  16. Study: New North Pacific fleet would cost $11.6BRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2017 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Larry Cotter, president of Alaska Longline Co., speaks at the christening of the longline vessel F/V Artic Prowler at Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan on Oct. 5, 2013. The 136-foot Arctic Prowler was the first large fishing vessel to be built in Alaska, but the state will likely miss out on most of the vessel replacement boon expected to generate billions in jobs for Outside shipyards based on location and lower labor costs.


  17. Movers & Shakers for Jan. 1Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 28, 2016 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    McCool Carlson Green announced Evelyn Rousso , AIA, LEED AP, as the newest member of the design team. Rousso has nearly 30 years of professional architecture experience including a decade of serving as Principal at Northwind Architects in Juneau.


  18. See Who is Making Their Move...Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 4, 2016 | Alaska Journal of Commerce

    Dr. Steven Becker, MD , has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group's Orthopedic and Sports Medicine clinic in Ketchikan. He is a renowned orthopedic surgeon with more than 30 years' experience.


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