INSIDE ALASKA BUSINESS Compiled by Russ Slaten
Lynne Curry’s ‘Solutions’
Many have read Lynne Curry’s “dear Abby of the workplace” column
in the Alaska Dispatch News for years.
She’s recently republished, “Solutions,”
a collection of sixty of the best of the
ADN and Alaska Business Monthly columns from three decades. “Solutions”
offers real-life workplace dramas, some
of which might springboard creative
instincts for characters or situations for
anyone’s writing. Written by a successful management consultant and coach,
“Solutions” offers a personal workplace
411/911 written in Curry’s warm, personal, enlightening and fun style. And
haven’t we all experienced the Darth
Vader co-worker, the Scrooge employer,
and the two-faced employee?
“Solutions” can be purchased locally
at thegrowthcompany.com or from
Governor Bill Walker announced in March that Alaska exported more
than $5.15 billion of goods in 2014—the
second highest year ever for Alaska exports and a 13. 8 percent increase over
the previous year. Nationally, exports
rose 2. 8 percent in 2014.
Two countries topped Alaska’s list of export markets at a billion dollars or more
each—China and Japan. Exports to China
were $1.46 billion, up 18. 3 percent, due to
strong increases in mineral ores and seafood. Exports to China included $783.5
million in seafood, $480.4 million in mineral ores, $90.0 million in forest products,
and $53.9 million in fish meal. Exports to
Japan were $1.02 billion, up 48. 8 percent
due to the 2014 restart of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from Cook Inlet
and stronger export of seafood and mineral ores. Exports to Japan included $525.6
million in seafood, $239.5 million in mineral ores, and $221.9 million in LNG.
Alaska’s seafood exports increased 2.1
percent to $2.26 billion. Mineral ores
were up 17.1 percent to $1.75 billion, including Canadian copper that is exported from Skagway. Energy exports were
up 43.1 percent to $551.9 million, buoyed
by the Cook Inlet LNG exports to Japan.
An interesting export was the sale
of a jackup rig, partially owned by the
Alaska Industrial Development and
Export Authority and its partners in
Singapore, to new owners in South Africa, boosting the state’s exports to that
country to more than $100 million.
All export values are from the US Census Bureau as of February 2015 and do
not reflect Alaska resources and products
first transported to and warehoused in
other states in the nation before export.
The Anchorage Museum has begun design planning to re-envision its
hallmark Alaska history gallery. Planning for the multi-year $15 million
project began in the early 2000s in conjunction with the museum’s most recent addition. The new Alaska Gallery
is scheduled to open in September 2017
to coincide with the 150th anniversary
of the Alaska Purchase.
The Alaska Gallery tells Alaska’s story
from its earliest settlement at the end of
the last ice age through the building of
the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. The new
Alaska Gallery exhibition will cover this
history through an overarching theme
of “encounters,” evoking the arrivals
and departures of people throughout
human history and their interactions
with the land and people already here.
The new installation will also take advantage of new exhibition technologies.
Emphasizing the voices of the people
and the state’s rich diversity, the exhibition will include multiple viewpoints
and offer more engaging and interactive
experiences relevant to today’s visitors.
The exhibition design firm gsmprjct°
will be working with the museum staff
to design and produce the exhibition.
First National Bank Alaska cut the ceremonial ribbon and donated
$89,000 to five university programs in
February at its U-Med Branch in Anchorage, kicking off a month-long celebration of the opening of the first commercial bank located adjacent to the
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