DOLWD Grant Opportunities – STEP and WIOA Youth

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development announces two competitive grant opportunities for FY17. For details, please visit the following links to download the RGAs.

Al Grant: Health and safety expertise makes sound career choice

Long-time safety professional Al Grant is part of a team working to launch a new bachelor’s degree in safety at UAA’s Community and Technical College. Read the full article here.

Source: Al Grant: Health and safety expertise makes sound career choice – Green & Gold News

Workforce Wednesday: Jobs to make the Iditarod run | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Daybreak’s Workforce Wednesday featured about jobs that make the Iditarod run.

A recent study on the Last Great Race found that a single day during the race was worth about $7-$8 million in new money for the state economy.

Race director Stan Hooley said the impact can be far greater when you consider the race is 10-14 days long and spans 1,000 miles in western Alaska. Dozens of behind-the-scenes jobs are needed for the race in areas like telecommunications, aviation, environmental science and health care.

There are roughly 1,500 Iditarod volunteers and several employees in support services.

“To make this race happen we need a lot of generalists, but we also need a lot of specialists,” Hooley said. “People with aviation backgrounds play a huge role in what we do.”

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Source: Workforce Wednesday: Jobs to make the Iditarod run | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Tourism Could Prove Bright Spot in Alaska’s Dark Economic Outlook

Many sectors of Alaska’s economy are bracing for a downturn as oil prices drop and lawmakers try to solve a $3.5 billion budget deficit. But Anchorage’s tourism industry may have less to worry about.

That was the main message delivered by Julie Saupe, the CEO of Visit Anchorage, at a luncheon hosted by the city’s nonprofit marketing organization on Thursday to deliver its annual report.

“Tourism is on the rise … we are anticipating a good year,” Saupe said.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects the leisure and hospitality sector in Alaska — which includes hotels, restaurants and bars — to grow by 300 jobs this year, with about 200 of those in Anchorage.

That’s on top of 700 jobs added in the sector across the state last year. Read the full article here.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News

Congress Passes Coast Guard Bill Transferring Federal Lands to Alaska Natives

The federal government will officially hand over two tracts of land in Alaska for Native use thanks to a bill passed by the U.S. House in early February.

The House passed a Coast Guard authorization bill, sending legislation for a presidential signature that includes several key provisions for the 49th state.

One provision, sought for years by Alaska Rep. Don Young, hands over 2,500 acres of federal land in Point Spencer to the Bering Straits Native Corporation and the state. The U.S. Coast Guard would retain some foothold in the area, northwest of Nome, though its facility there was decommissioned in 2010. The area is home to a natural deep water port, and the state and Native corporation are considering bringing in private investment for a sea port there. Read the full article here.

Source: Alaska Dispatch News