Recent News from the AEDC
Five Alaska organizations, including AEDC, were honored by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at its annual conference this week, held in Anchorage this year.
AEDC received two Excellence in Economic Development Awards this year, including top honors (gold) in the General Purpose Website category. The awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials and the year’s most influential leaders.
Anchorage unemployment in August dropped to 4.5 percent, a 0.3 percent decrease from July’s revised rate, according to the latest employment report release by Anchorage Economic Development Corp. and sponsored by First National Bank Alaska. The rate remains below the national rate of 5.2 percent and the statewide rate of 5.5 percent.
On September 15, the AEDC Board of Directors held a special meeting and unanimously approved a policy letter regarding the pending decision by the Anchorage Assembly on proposed ordinances to adopt equal rights provisions in the municipal code for the LGBT community. This letter was shared with the Anchorage Assembly and Mayor Berkowitz and was read into the record last night during public testimony on the proposed ordinances.
Do you want insight into the many aspects of crowdfunding? Join us at the Essence of Crowdfunding on Wednesday, October 7, 2015! Keynote speaker Kevin Anselm will discuss the future of inter-state equity based crowdfunding in Alaska and securities law, and a panel of local crowdfunders will discuss the elements of running a successful campaign and the unexpected roadblocks that may arise.
The job market is changing. It is no longer people going where jobs are. Instead, people are going where they want to live and jobs are going where the people are. Today’s talent is looking for a city that is aesthetically pleasing, welcoming and open to diversity.
Anchorage is a member of the National Welcoming Cities initiative and LWP’s One Anchorage, One Economy team is supporting the city’s first-ever Welcoming Week Anchorage, September 12-20!
Anchorage unemployment in July was 4.8 percent, according to the latest employment report released by the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. and sponsored by First National Bank Alaska. The July rate shows a 0.6 percent drop from June’s revised rate and is well below the national rate of 5.6 percent and the statewide rate of 5.9 percent.
“Last month was the first time since 2007 that we’ve seen the unemployment rate dip below 5 percent in the month of July,” said Bill Popp, AEDC president and CEO. “We saw steady growth across a range of sectors and this is good news as we transition from summer into winter employment.”