The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) hosted a Familiarization Tour in October during the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Annual Conference in Anchorage. Tour participants enjoyed a unique look at doing business in Anchorage and the logistical advantages the city offers; representatives from the Municipality, local businesses and state agencies offered insight into operating in Anchorage.

A tour of the Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) with Airport Manager, John Parrott, displayed the advantages and efficiencies of operating at ANC, which is 9.5 hours (by air) from 90 percent of the industrialized world. Participants had an up-close look at the Boeing Dreamlifter which frequently utilizes Anchorage as a strategic fueling location. Boeing has four Dreamlifters in existence and all four aircraft saw the pavement at ANC last month. In fact, ANC has averaged 18 monthly arrivals of these aircraft so far this year. The tour also showcased available land on airport property, including the former Kulis Airforce base.

Several Anchorage businesses and municipal agencies sat down with the group to answer questions about the city and provide insight into the opportunities available in Anchorage. The Port of Anchorage, located downtown, gave an overview of operations including quick access to rail and trucking operations and their role as the entry point for 80 percent of goods coming into Alaska. Eagle River, in the North-most part of Anchorage, provided an overview of development possibilities for larger build-to-suit projects, boasting only a 20 minute drive to ANC.

Participants enjoyed a helicopter aerial tour of the city, including a bear sighting, and ended the day with a tour of one of Anchorage’s many breweries, The Glacier Brewhouse. More and more businesses are looking to the Arctic for natural resources and Anchorage for human capital and global market access. Collaboration between organizations and government continues to improve the business climate for growth and expansion in Alaska.

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