#43 Alaska

5.33 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

4.33 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

3.56 out of 10 in Living Environment

State Profile

Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation making it easier for the Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs to designate “military facility zones,” which would enable Alaskan communities to create tax incentives for business development related to military activities and stimulate local economic activity. The state, with assistance from the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, also is currently drafting Northern Opportunity: Alaska’s Economic Strategy, the state’s first comprehensive economic development strategy “to guide economic development policy, inform funding decisions for state and industry, identify opportunities for communities to grow and prosper, and provide a clear path to jobs for future generations.”

Key Industries

Aerospace; Air Transportation; Commercial Fishing; Drones; Tourism

Key Companies

Alaska Communications Systems
ASRC Energy Services
General Communication
Providence Health & Services

Key Contacts

Dept. of Commerce, Community & Economic Dev.

Britteny Cioni-Haywood, Division Director
907- 465-2510
Robert B. Atwood Building
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1770
Anchorage, AK 99501-3576

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