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Incoming Senate President Pete Kelly Outlines Guiding Principles

Incoming Senate President Pete Kelly Outlines Guiding Principles

News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Kelly For Immediate Release: December 13, 2016 Guiding Principles of Incoming Senate President Pete Kelly As your incoming senate president, I’m asked often what our majority caucus priorities will be in these challenging times. Our Senate Majority will get together and define those priorities as a team in the next few weeks, incorporating the viewpoints of 15 senators from all regions, walks of life, and political persuasions. While we work on those priorities, I wanted to share my guiding principles, which I know many of my senate colleagues share. Government should be limited and people should be free. This naturally sets up tension between the freedom of the individual and the role of government. When the two conflict, we should default to the freedom of people whenever possible. Public employment and private employment are both extremely important. However, private employment is the higher priority. Government does not produce wealth; that is the role of the private sector. Therefore, efforts to address the fiscal crisis in Alaska should be directed, as much as possible, to those areas of government that enhance and facilitate the private economy. Those areas of government that are hardwired to grow automatically, must be put in check. Wherever possible, we must restructure government funding so that it remains accountable to Alaskans. Therefore, no government function or agency will be immune from budgetary scrutiny. While Alaska justly requires its fair share of our oil and gas wealth, the goal of any changes to our oil and gas tax system needs to be more production. ### To get more information from the Alaska Senate Majority click...

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Alliance Membership Renewal!

Alliance Membership Renewal!

Click here to renew your membership in the Alaska Support Industry Alliance for 2016-2017! We appreciate your continued support! Here are some highlights from 2015/2016: Industry Relations Online Buyer’s Guide – an online directory of Alliance member companies designed to provide E&P companies a searchable database to find goods and services offered by Alliance members. Meetings with Industry – The Alliance had over 20 meetings with Industry on behalf of our members and created “The Competitive Edge” to inform you about the results of those meetings. Alaska Advantage – Experience. Community. Advocacy. These are the three elements that comprise the Alaska Advantage and Alliance member companies have it! We are continuing our efforts to expand the Alaska Advantage brand and make it what E&P companies look for when making procurement and contracting decisions. Government Relations Program The Alliance joined with our sister organizations to participate in an ad campaign welcoming President Obama and reminding him of the important role that resource development plays in Alaska and the United States and that 70% of Alaskans support resource development.  An LNG pipeline is the future of our state. The Alliance continued to promote efforts to move a project forward, providing detailed information to our members and the public on the TransCanada buyout and the new role for AGDC in the AK LNG Project.  Sharing our legislative priorities with legislators and the administration. Our priorities were: Continue Progress made on AK LNG Increase production Implement a sustainable long-range fiscal plan More than 50 meetings with Legislators and their staff. The Alliance was invited to provide testimony on behalf of our members before numerous committees in Juneau including: House Resources Committee, House Finance Committee, Senate Resources Committee, Senate Finance Committee. Tax Credit Working Group – the Alliance was invited by Senator Cathy Giessel to participate in a working group she created to look at the tax credit system in Alaska. Public Education AK Headlamp – new blog from the Alliance providing news and information the mainstream media doesn’t report.  14,000 visitors to the site, 800 email subscribers (including Legislators, Commissioners and the Governor’s office) and 1500 Twitter followers each day. Alaska Energy Insider – the Alliance is cultivating a list of super voter, resource development supporters, outside our membership, to mobilize as necessary to join in our efforts to promote responsible resource development in Alaska.  We currently have a list of 2000 with a goal of 5000.  Events: Meet Alaska – January Kenai Safety Summit – April Fairbanks Industry Update Forum – October MatSu Energy & Industry Forum – November Anchorage Breakfast Meetings (Sept-May) Fairbanks Lunch Meetings (Sept-May) Kenai Lunch Meetings (Sept-May) Thank you! Thanks to all our Alliance members who have renewed their membership for 2016/2017 Cahill Heating Petroleum News Osborne Construction Company Colville, Inc. Dunkin & Bush Inc. All American Oilfield, LLC SLR International Corporation Naniq Global Logistics, LLC Vigor Alaska LLC ATCO Structures & Logistics KeyBank Hilton Anchorage Hotel Anchorage Marriott Downtown Brand Energy & Infrastructure Service Wilson, Richard G. (PEG LLC) Swalling General Contractors, LLC Alaska Drilling and Completions, LLC Hepworth Agency JASCO Applied Sciences (Alaska) Inc Delta Western Petroleum Canadian National Railroad Florcraft Carpet One MRC Global Company Alaska Pump & Supply Inc. Summit ESP Everts Air Cargo Unified Operations, LLC Holland America Group Mike Dye Petro Star Inc. Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation Tiaga Ventures Arctic Marine Solutions United Rentals Northwest Inc. Calista Corporation WESCO Distribution Inc. McLane Consulting Inc....

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Forecasting Alaska’s Economy: 2017-2026

Forecasting Alaska’s Economy: 2017-2026

Jonathan King. Northern Economics. Alaska 2017-2026  

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Alaska Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Alaska Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Alliance member company, Calista Corporation and its subsidary Brice Marine are featured in the below press release from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Alaska Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week Employers Engaged in Major Expansion of Apprenticeship with State, Federal Support JUNEAU, Alaska— Governor Bill Walker has proclaimed November 14-20 as Alaska Apprenticeship Week, concurrent with National Apprenticeship Week. The Governor’s proclamation comes amidst major expansions of Alaska apprenticeships by employers in the health care, maritime, and aviation industries. In addition, the state has taken comprehensive policy steps to support Alaska’s longstanding and successful construction apprenticeship programs. “Apprenticeship is a cornerstone of Alaska’s strong middle class, and a key reason that we have some of the highest median wages in the country,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. Expansion of Apprenticeship in Alaska: The Alaska Primary Care Association is starting Community Health Worker, Medical Biller/Coder, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Clinical Medical Assistant apprenticeships. The Alaska Air Carriers Association is developing Commercial Pilot, Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic, and Aircraft Dispatcher apprenticeships. Calista Corporation has started a multi-employer maritime apprenticeship program for Deckhand, Able Bodied Seaman, and other maritime occupations in partnership with Brice Marine and other employers. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium enrolled eight apprentices in its new Medical Assistant apprenticeship. Fourteen chiropractic clinics are signing up apprentices in the Alaska Chiropractic Association’s new Chiropractic Assistant apprenticeship. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will hold its annual Registered Apprenticeship Roundtable on December 6-7 in Chugiak. Interested parties may get additional information or RSVP by emailing Commissioner.Labor@alaska.gov.   View the original press release at...

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Greg Deal named Wells Fargo Alaska region president, Joe Everhart takes on new role as Pacific Northwest Business Banking manager

Greg Deal named Wells Fargo Alaska region president, Joe Everhart takes on new role as Pacific Northwest Business Banking manager

ANCHORAGE, Nov. 1, 2016 – Wells Fargo has named Greg Deal as its Alaska region president, overseeing 48 branch locations and more than 400 team members in Alaska. Deal takes the reins from Joe Everhart who has been promoted to Pacific Northwest Business Banking division manager for Alaska, Oregon and Washington. He will oversee 230 team members who focus on helping middle-market business customers succeed financially. Everhart will remain based in Anchorage. “Greg is a caring, dedicated, selfless leader who always puts the best interest of our customers first,” said Everhart.  “His deep connection with our Alaska team and customers will carry on our 100-year legacy of helping Alaskans succeed financially and building stronger communities. I look forward to working with Greg to improve the lives of Alaskans and fueling the Alaska economy.” Deal has 29 years of financial services experience, and he is a 23-year Wells Fargo Alaska veteran. He has spent his career serving customers in Kodiak, Southeast Alaska and Southcentral Alaska. Most recently, he served as Western Alaska and Kenai Peninsula area president, leading 85 team members in 11 branches across the state. Deal has served on numerous nonprofit boards, chambers and committees across the state.  He is a 2008 graduate, with honors, of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Deal originally hails from Panama City, Florida and moved to Alaska in 1980. He is married with four children. Everhart is a 26-year Wells Fargo Alaska veteran who has served in Community Banking leadership positions across the state. He served as Wells Fargo Alaska region president for the last four years. He is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Gonzaga University. Everhart serves in the community as a board member for Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Alaska Bankers Association, Foraker Group, United Way of Anchorage and Rasmuson Foundation audit committee member. About Wells Fargo Wells Fargo has 750 team members in Alaska who serve customers through a network of 53 banking, mortgage and investment offices, and 115 ATMs, in 28 communities. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories....

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Alliance elects new board members; welcomes new President

Alliance elects new board members; welcomes new President

For Immediate Release Contact: Renée Limoge Reeve: (907) 563-2226 October 24, 2016, Anchorage, Alaska – On Thursday, October 20th, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance held its Annual Meeting & Board Elections at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Bryan Clemenz with Bristol Bay Industrial became the Alliance Board President for 2016-2017 and the membership elected six directors to the board.   Patrick Walsh with Peak Oilfield Services ran as an incumbent and was reelected to the board.   The membership elected five new board members: Randy Beltz with North Star Equipment Services, Ken Hall with Lynden Transport, Josie Hickel with Chugach Alaska Corporation, Weston Howe with Olgoonik Corporation and Doug Longacre with First National Bank Alaska.   All directors elected will serve a three-year term.   The Fairbanks Chapter elected Joan Johnson with Span Alaska, President, Jerry Walker with First National Bank Alaska, Vice President and Nancy Trunnel with AES-Electric, Secretary.   The Kenai Chapter elected Al Hull with Petroleum Equipment and Services, President, Art Karvonen with Lynden, Vice President and Regina Daniels with Davis Block and Concrete, Secretary.   The Alliance is a statewide trade association with over 600 member companies in the oil, gas and mining support industry. ### The Alaska Support Industry Alliance • 3301 C Street, Suite 205 • Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 563-2226 • info@alaskaalliance.com •...

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Trabits Group Receives Trademark Registration for FlexCem Product!

Trabits Group Receives Trademark Registration for FlexCem Product!

Alliance member company Trabits Group LLC was recently awarded an official Trademark registration by the United States Patent and Trademark office for their FlexCem® product! The Alliance offers a hearty congratulations to the Trabits Group team for their innovation and success! Check out their official Trademark document...

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Alaska Chamber announces winners of 2016 top business awards

Alaska Chamber announces winners of 2016 top business awards

The Alliance would like to give a hearty congratulations to two of our members: Davis Block & Concrete, and Jim Udelhoven founder of Udelhoven Operating Companies! Davis Block & Concrete won the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year Award, while Jim won the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year Award from the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. See the press release below detailing their awards.   Kenai, AK, October 13, 2016 – The recipients for the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year and Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year and of the were announced on Wednesday, October 12 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual Top Business Awards in Kenai, Alaska. William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year Jim Udelhoven is the recipient of the celebrated and prestigious William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year award. The award is presented to individuals who have made substantial and continual contributions of statewide significance while working in the private sector. Udelhoven’s companies serve the special needs of general contracting and oil production in Alaska, and around the world. His support of local-hire and Alaska charitable organizations – both personally and through his companies – is well known. Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year Davis Block & Concrete is the recipient of the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year award. Established in 1993, the award pays tribute to businesses that exemplify leadership, ethics and organization. Since 1975, Davis Block & Concrete has provided livelihoods on the Kenai Peninsula, in Anchorage and throughout the state of Alaska. The Davis family is a model of the determination and sound judgment that drives Alaska’s successful small companies. Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of the Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year award. The award recognizes consistent community involvement and excellent business reputation. The Wrangell Chamber supports local businesses with well-planned large events, marketing assistance, and day-to-day support. It is a shining example of how local business can enrich an entire community. Please join the members of the Chamber in recognizing each of the 2016 award winners. ### About the Alaska Chamber The Alaska Chamber, a private, non-profit corporation, operating since 1952, works to promote a positive business environment in Alaska. The Alaska Chamber is the voice of small and large business across the state with a Board of Directors comprised of 80 members representing all regions of the state. For more information visit...

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Better Business Bureau Recognizes Whitfield Benefit Solutions of Anchorage

Better Business Bureau Recognizes Whitfield Benefit Solutions of Anchorage

Alliance member company, Whitfield Benefit Solutions of Anchorage is the Alaska winner of the 2016 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics. The five companies named from the Pacific Northwest region were chosen for “meeting BBB’s Standards of Trust and for their dedication to honoring their employees, clients and the community.” Pamela Whitfield, president and owner, as well as district general agent of Colonial Life, was originally based in the Puget Sound area until 2012. That’s when she won a bid for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. As it turned out, this now 56-year-old was a trapper and fishermen in Kodiak, and used to fish for halibut in Homer decades ago. So when she won the bid to replace Kenai’s benefits carrier at the time, Whitfield felt like she was coming home. She immediately fell back in love with Alaska and its people, the salt of the earth, good, kind working folks. Upon realizing there was an underserved market, with only one carrier for 25 years, she decided to move her agency here. Concentrating on growing the Anchorage office, Whitfield Benefit Solutions now has more than 150 accounts across the state. (Another 150 accounts remain in Washington.) She took a colleague’s advice, to “do what you say you are going to do,” and in 2015, sales doubled from 2014, partly due to securing a key Native corporation client and other businesses. “What creates success? Is it about doing the right thing in the right way every day? I really think that is the case,” she said. Although Whitfield Benefit Solutions does not sell medical, dental or vision, the rising costs of healthcare affects the need for her company’s portfolio of voluntary benefits, making them even more timely. In Alaska, there are tons of out of pocket costs, and unforeseen medical expenses are one of the biggest reasons for bankruptcy, she said. Advertisement “If you have injury or illness, there is travel cost,” she explained, noting how difficult it is for rural residents to see specialists. The array of products offered, from accident to cancer insurance, are therefore designed to “lessen financial risk for really pennies a day,” she said. Working only through businesses and brokers, Whitfield Benefits Solutions adheres to a high standard of ethics across the board, the main reason the company was recognized by the BBB. Sales reps are required to present options only in informational ways, for example, and never misrepresent what is being offered. After all, the local marketplace does not appreciate pushy salespeople, overselling and heavy sales tactics, Whitfield said. “For Alaska it has to be simple, personal, and modern,” she said. With the fourth quarter approaching, Whitfield Benefits Solutions is gearing up for its busy season, when 50 percent of business takes place. Whitfield is very encouraged going in to 2017, as her agency is talking with significant large public and private sector clients, continuing to build on tech solutions for enrollment options, all while recruiting top talent and getting more involved in the community. “We really enjoy what we do and feel blessed to make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “And it doesn’t hurt to live in such a gorgeous place.” To learn more about the benefits Whitfield Benefit Solutions offers click...

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ARCTIC SLOPE REGIONAL CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF NEW PLATFORM COMPANY

ARCTIC SLOPE REGIONAL CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF NEW PLATFORM COMPANY

ASRC PRESS RELEASE 9/28/2016 ASRC INDUSTRIAL SERVICES, LLC IS ASRC’S NEWEST PLATFORM COMPANY Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (“ASRC”) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new platform holding company, ASRC Industrial Services, LLC (“AIS”). AIS will be headquartered in Concord, California. Greg Johnson, the president and chief executive officer (“CEO”) of ASRC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Petrochem Insulation, Inc. (“Petrochem”) will take over as president and CEO of AIS. Petrochem will be AIS’ first operating company. “On behalf of ASRC’s board of directors, I am proud to announce the creation of ASRC Industrial Services,” said Crawford Patkotak, ASRC board chairman. Rex A. Rock Sr., president and CEO of ASRC, added, “I believe the establishment of AIS positions ASRC to leverage the talented leadership team and workforce at Petrochem to expand our industrial services offerings into attractive new markets for the benefit of our shareholders.” “I am excited about the future of AIS,” said Greg Johnson, president and CEO of AIS. “I look forward to building on the momentum we have created over the last 15 months at Petrochem to expand our service offerings to existing and new customers, provide additional opportunities for our employees and ultimately increased benefits to ASRC’s shareholders.”​   ABOUT ASRC Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to around 12,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Barrow, Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 10,000 people worldwide. The company has five major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, construction, government services and resource development. Click here to learn more about...

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