The Board of Directors of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation opposes passage of Proposition 1 on the April 3 ballot and urges voters to vote “No” on this unnecessary and divisive legislation.

Today, 17 of Alaska’s 25 largest employers have adopted workplace policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, and there is a growing trend here, and nationwide, to prohibit gender identity discrimination as well. These employers, many of them AEDC investors and board members, recognize that non-discrimination policies increase the available pool of talented job applicants, and they also open new opportunities for innovation, government contracting, and growth. We support protections for Anchorage’s LGBT community and believe that all Anchorage residents should be treated equally, from the workplace to the locker room.

Discrimination is not a part of Anchorage’s community spirit, and it is not how we do business. AEDC strongly opposes passage of Proposition 1, and we encourage those with questions on this issue to research the economic impacts of HB2 in North Carolina, as well as similar measures in other states and municipalities. Our economy depends on having a diverse workforce, attractive quality of life, and positive reputation as a city that treats everyone with dignity and respect.

Read the full statement from the AEDC Board of Directors here.