Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has signed legislation that extends the 12 Alaska Regional Development Organizations in Alaska. The ARDOR organizations include the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the Kenai Economic Development District… among others.
Alaska’s unemployment rate in January was recorded at 6.4-percent. That translates to over 27.2-thousand Alaskans being officially classified as unemployed. Alaska’s unemployment rate in January was unchanged from the 6.4-percent recorded in December.
This winter has been unseasonably warm in the Bristol Bay region despite the cold snap that hit the region earlier this month. The unseasonably warm winter has resulted in lower heating costs for most residents and businesses. However, the warm winter is concerning to officials with the local electricity provider for the Dillingham area.
Leaders from across Southwest Alaska will convene in Anchorage early next month for a conference specifically focused on the Kodiak, Aleutians, and Bristol Bay regions. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview.
The flight attendants that work for Alaska Airlines have turned down the latest proposed contract. In a prepared statement, the Association of Flight Attendants wrote that through the vote they sent a strong message to management that they expect more for their award-winning contributions to the airline.
Spending on construction projects in Alaska is expected to increase this year according to the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. The 2014 construction spending forecast was put together by the ISER researchers for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska.