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By: Ky Holland and Juliet Shepherd
Post date: Fri, 07/28/2017 - 1:17pm
A generation ago, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was completed after a decade of development to move the non-renewable natural resource to market, creating initial construction jobs, longer term legacy jobs, and new support industries.
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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