Alaska’s Economic Strategy – Help Shape Alaska’s Future!

Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Commissioner Hladick launched Northern Opportunity: Alaska’s Economic Strategy today at the at the Alaska Chamber 2016 Fall Forum in Kenai.

“It’s time to think proactively to create economic vitality in Alaska so every community has opportunities to prosper,” said Commissioner Chris Hladick of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. “Well-managed public-private economic development efforts create wealth through investment and reinvestment in the community—which is why we’re leading the effort to create a statewide comprehensive economic development strategy.”

Building on past efforts, the statewide strategy will rely on extensive community and industry input to develop a shared vision for Alaska’s future economy. The collaborative, long-term strategy will provide a clear path to jobs for the next generation of Alaskans and will prepare Alaskans to more quickly recover from disruptions to the state’s economic base.

The strategy will make actionable recommendations for the most efficient use of public and private assets to maximize Alaska’s unique advantages to compete in national and global markets. Coordinated by the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development – Division of Economic Development with assistance from the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, the strategy-development process will engage community leaders, leverage the commitment of the private sector, and establish a blueprint for statewide collaboration while strengthening regional planning efforts. Development of the statewide strategy is supported by a $100,000 planning grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and is being overseen by a committee representing the private and public sector. It is anticipated that the strategy will be released for comment in early 2017.

To watch the video and take a short survey, click here.

Source: Alaska’s Economic Strategy – Northern Opportunity

Register Now for Seafood Processing QC Training in Kodiak, November 14-18

Registration is open for Alaska Sea Grant’s intensive 40-hour Seafood Processing Quality Control Training taught by Chris Sannito, Seafood Processing Specialist with the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.  The class includes lectures and hands-on activities and will be held Monday through Friday, November 14-18 at the UAF Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center’s labs and pilot seafood processing plant.

The program is designed to broaden skills and overall knowledge in seafood quality, safety, regulatory requirements, sanitation procedures, sensory analysis, and other QA/QC-related industry topics. Major state and federal agencies will participate. A certificate of achievement will be awarded after completion of the class.

Developed to meet industry needs, the class is designed for current or potential QA/QC professionals in seafood processing plants. Registration fee is $480 and housing at reduced rates is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information or to register, please go to

Workforce Wednesday: Boosting Employability Skills

The coffee industry in Alaska is big business. One company in particular is helping to bring top quality, first time job seekers into the workforce.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee has more than 10 locations and a lot of employees who are learning skills to boost their paycheck in the long run.

Wednesday, Michele Parkhurst, chief operations officer for Kaladi Brothers Coffee, and Martha Peck from the Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium joined Daybreak to fill viewers in on some of those skills.

Employability Skills

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organizing
  • Self-management

To watch the Workforce Wednesday segment on KTVA or for more information, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Boosting employability skills – KTVA 11

Alaska Economic Trends – Forecast for Industries and Occupations 2014 to 2024

October Trends
is the ten-year forecast for industries and occupations that we publish every two years. While this forecast has changed considerably from the last one because of the drop in oil prices, Alaska is still projected to add jobs at a rate of over 5 percent overall between 2014 and 2024. We expect some prominent industries to lose ground, while others are projected to grow.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development

With a Possible Pilot Shortage Looming, Some in Alaska are Especially Concerned

In a state where many people live off the road system and rely on aviation for everything from grocery deliveries to medical transportation, some in the aviation industry are concerned about how growing global demand for pilots will affect Alaska.

And others say a pilot shortage has already arrived.

“We’re extremely concerned about pilot supply over the next one, two, three to five years,” said Brad Lambert, vice president of flight operations at Horizon Air, speaking broadly of the airline’s operations, and not just in Alaska. “We’re just concerned there won’t be enough young people entering the profession.”

But in Alaska, where air travel is so crucial, the effects might be particularly acute.

“It’s the lifeblood of Alaska, especially within rural Alaska,” said Corey Hester, executive director of the Alaska Airmen Association.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development estimates that employment and job openings for airline pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers will grow nearly 12 percent between 2014 and 2024. Openings are also “very high” for aircraft mechanics and aircraft service technicians in Alaska, according to data from the Labor Department.

To read the full article, click here.

Source: With a possible pilot shortage looming, some in Alaska are especially concerned – Alaska Dispatch News