Alaska Journal | Building the Alaska ‘Blue Economy’

Alaska’s blue economy leadership potential is tremendous; we maintain over half the nation’s coastline and a third of the U.S. exclusive economic zone with access to vast natural resources.

The blue economy vision is that by 2040 Alaska would grow by 50,000 jobs and $3 billion in wages, approximately equal to the oil and gas industry today. Alaska’s blue economy includes existing traditional sectors such as fisheries, coastal tourism and oil and gas, as well as additional “new” blue economy sectors such as ocean technology, renewable energy and marine biotechnology.

The application and commercialization of new technologies and innovation to fisheries and marine science and engineering – referred to as the new blue economy – is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global blue economy. This maritime economic sector is currently valued globally at $1.5 trillion (measured as marine based industrial contribution to economic output and employment) and predicted to expand to $3 trillion by 2030.

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Source: Alaska Journal | Building the Alaska ‘Blue Economy’

Workforce Development Programs: Investing in Southeast Alaska Youth

As a lifelong Sitkan I have grown close to our coastal rainforest. As I head off to my first year of college this fall, I know I will miss this place. However, I can’t help but wonder — how much will it change?

Having just graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School, a boarding school that serves students across Alaska, I have heard many stories of successful hunts and summers spent at fish camp, but I also hear stories of quickly changing ecosystems. Every community in Southeast Alaska depends on natural resources in some way. Whether it’s harvesting wild foods or building homes out of local wood, our people depend on the land. In order to maintain our unique way of life, it is important that rural Alaskans have opportunities to pursue meaningful careers that promote sustainable living and wise management of these resources.

Today, many Southeast Alaskan communities are home to a variety of youth workforce development programs. These programs help prepare the next generation of Alaska’s scientists, field crews, and resource managers with the experiences, drive, and skills to pursue careers in their backyards, whether on the water or in the woods. This summer I visited three of these programs — in Sitka, Klawock, and Kake — to get an inside perspective on the impact they are having on our region.

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Source: CapitalCityWeekly.com – Southeast Alaska’s Online Newspaper

Alaska September Economic Trends

SeptTrends2017September Trends looks at the economy of the state’s second-most populated area, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which has been the state’s hot spot for growth for many years. Also this month is the history and economic profile of Alaska’s only federally recognized Indian reservation, Metlakatla.

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Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company Renews $300,000 Investment in UAS Mine Training

Juneau, Alaska – Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company has pledged to renew a $300,000 commitment to the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Center for Mine Training for their “Pathways to Mining Careers” program beginning in Fall 2017. This brings the company’s total investment in local mine training to more than $900,000 since 2011.

The program is a unique collaboration between UAS and Hecla Greens Creek instructors to prepare students for mining careers by offering introductory high school dual enrollment courses at UAS, short­-term occupational endorsements in Mine Mechanics and the Associate’s degree in Power Technology/Diesel Mechanics. The program also offers job shadowing opportunities with Hecla Greens Creek mentors. The “Pathways to Mining Careers” culminates in an opportunity for a six­ month term of probationary employment with the mine and a chance at full employment.

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Source: Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company Renews $300,000 Investment in UAS Mine Training | Alaska Native News

Governor Walker Holds Bill Signing and Cabinet Meeting in Bethel

BETHEL — Governor Bill Walker signed legislation to help build a Stronger Alaska, and convened his cabinet in Bethel to discuss rural access and support issues. Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, and the Cabinet also hosted a community reception for Bethel residents.

“I’m very pleased Lt. Governor Mallott, our commissioners, and I had the chance to engage with students in Bethel today and hear residents’ concerns,” Governor Walker said. “Convening the Cabinet in Bethel has been a goal of mine, and I thank the community for the warm reception. Hearing from Alaskans across the state keeps us all engaged and grounded, and equips us to continue pulling together for our state.”

House Bill 141, sponsored by Representative Zach Fansler (D-Bethel), authorizes the Alaska Workforce Investment Board to continue making allocations to the Alaska Technical and Vocational Education Program (TVEP) through June 30, 2020. In 2016, ten institutions serving over 10,000 Alaskans received TVEP funding. TVEP programs enhance the accessibility and quality of job training available to Alaskans statewide, and align the training with regional workforce demands.

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Source: Governor Walker Holds Bill Signing and Cabinet Meeting in Bethel – Office of the Governor