About six years ago, I sat down with my mentor and excitedly told him about some accolade I had recently received. He cheered and clapped overenthusiastically before he turned serious and said, “You need to get sober.” But he wasn’t talking about sobriety from drugs or alcohol. He pointed out that I was an approval addict and my desire to please others was costing me more than I realized.
FAIRBANKS — The Interior Alaska Food Network has introduced a new brand and logo this summer — Golden Heart Grown — to show consumers what is grown in the Interior.
In addition, the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp., which is helping roll out the Golden Heart Grown brand, has released its Interior Grown agriculture directory.
Last summer, I was perusing one of Fairbanks’ many antique shops. With a handful of eclectic treasures, I approached the checkout counter. The cash register was malfunctioning, which meant the cashier and I had to prolong our pleasantries beyond the usual, “Did you find everything okay?” and “Warm today, isn’t it?”
“Did you lock your car?” the woman asked, punching buttons on the register.
The independent pioneering spirit upon which Alaska was founded and populated is still part of our state’s DNA. However, with two generations of dependence upon one primary revenue stream, you could make the argument that Alaska’s pioneer spirit has dwindled. As Alaskans, we now find ourselves at this critical juncture, redefining our economy without a sound investment strategy going forward.
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The Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame honors individuals who put Alaska on the map, those who have led in innovation and contribute to Alaska’s growing culture of innovation. The seven individuals honored this year, including three from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, have devoted their careers to innovations in their respective fields.
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The Alaska State Committee for Research (SCoR) is seeking nominations for inductees to our 2016 Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame
SCoR invites nominations for innovators demonstrating outstanding science, engineering and technology. SCoR believes in promoting research and development as an enterprise and as an engine for economic development in Alaska. Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame was created in 2014 to celebrate and honor outstanding individuals who put Alaska on the map as leaders in innovation and contribute to Alaska’s growing culture of innovation.