Promoting a healthy economy and
GOALS AND STRATEGIES
Strengthen rural communities
- Increase the capacity of local
government to effectively provide essential public services by
providing communities training and onsite technical assistance.
- Enhance the availability and quality of
basic local government services by providing financial assistance that
supplements local revenue generation (State Revenue Sharing, Safe
Communities, shared State Fisheries Business Tax, shared Federal
National Forest Receipts, Federal Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes).
- Promote local economic development by
providing technical and financial support for community infrastructure
critical to economic development and small business startup.
- Provide assistance, through coordinated
response projects, to communities experiencing sudden economic
dislocation as a result of major economic disruptions.
- Improve the safety and cost
effectiveness of energy sources for power generation and heating in
rural Alaska by constructing and repairing bulk fuel storage
- Protect the State's investments in rural
electric power systems through training of the local operators and
administrators, and by providing technical and financial assistance to
Work with rural communities and the private
sector in creating new jobs for Alaskans.
- Ensure that residents of small rural
communities in western Alaska get the maximum benefits from their
participation in the Community Development Quota (CDQ) program, a
fisheries development initiative.
- Partner with other state agencies,
private businesses, ANCSA corporations, tribes, and local governments
to identify and develop opportunities for rural, regional and local
- Facilitate the exchange of information
between Alaska exporters and potential customers through business
intelligence services and trade practice assistance.
- Develop and implement targeted tourism
programs and identify and assist in developing new tourism
opportunities to expand Alaska's tourist season and increase visits to
- Encourage new international and domestic
air carriers to use Alaska as a passenger and freight delivery point.
- Help restore the financial health of the
Alaska salmon industry by implementing recommendations from the
Governor's Salmon Forums and the Salmon Cabinet work plan.
- Increase the use of Alaska's highways
and roads by independent visitors.
- Work with the Governor's Jobs Cabinet in
seeking solutions and strategies for improving the economic climate in
Marketing Alaska-Sell Alaska's goods and
services throughout the world.
- Raise national and international
awareness of Alaska as a tourist destination and increase the
consumption of Alaska seafood products through generic and targeted
- Organize and conduct business trade
missions to expand product sales in current markets and develop new
- Participate in special promotions and
presentations, trade shows and seminars to raise the visibility of
Alaska as a good place to do business.
- Continue the Governor's Business
Opportunities Program under which the Governor, Commissioner and other
Alaskans visit corporate boardrooms to solicit investment in Alaska.
- Make information on Alaska's economy,
goods and services, investment opportunities, and departmental
databases available on the Internet.
- Expand the public's ability to obtain
department services through the Internet.
Maintain a fair and consistent business
regulatory environment in the state.
- Expedite the conversion of Alaska's
telecommunications industry from a monopoly-based to a competitive,
market-based industry structure, while guaranteeing universal access
- Assist businesses and consumers by
placing the database of licensed professionals, corporations, and
insurance carriers on the Internet, including information about
- Create simple, self-explanatory
securities, corporations, insurance, and occupational licensing
applications and forms available on the Internet to reduce requests
for staff assistance.