What is Live. Work. Play.?

We have a vision for our future. By 2025, Anchorage is the #1 city in America in which to Live. Work. & Play.

Anchorage is a young and growing city for all ages where you can live close to work, make a competitive salary and have a plethora of options for entertainment and outdoor activities. There are many things that make this city an amazing place to call home; however, to be the #1 city in the nation to live, work, and play we must continually improve and invest.

As Alaskans, we are proud of our state. We know that as the largest state in the nation we have more to offer. Our mountains are bigger, our trails are longer and we share one common idea — we love where we live.

Live. Work. Play. is a grassroots effort focused on community improvement and engagement for the people who live here.

In 2011, the AEDC Board of Directors unanimously passed the aspirational narrative and metrics for the Live. Work. Play. initiative that states by 2025, Anchorage will be the #1 city in America in which to live, work and play.

Download the narrative here: Live. Work. Play. Narrative

Live. Work. Play. Areas of Focus

Community Safety

Developing strategies to improve public safety in Anchorage

Creative Placemaking

Shaping the physical & social character of Anchorage around arts & cultural activities


Addressing issues affecting cost and accessibility of housing needs in Anchorage

One Anchorage, One Economy

Working to make Anchorage a city that embraces all cultures and communities

Trails & Transit

Bringing economic vitality to the community by revitalizing neighborhoods through increased property values and enhanced quality of life

Workforce Development

Working to improve the employability of Anchorage’s future workforce

Community Wellness

Strengthening and facilitating personal well-being and resilience in the community

Get Involved

Interested in how you can help make Anchorage the #1 city in America to live, work and play? Click here!

LWP Latest News

Survey: Housing in Anchorage

Making Anchorage the #1 city in which to live, work and play requires developing the housing necessary to support a thriving workforce. That's where the Live. Work. Play. quadrennial housing survey comes in: We're looking for insights from employers and employees...

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Read the Internship Playbook

Research suggests that internship programs are one of the most effective ways to increase retention and student engagement, playing an integral role in workforce development. That's where Live. Work. Play.'s new Internship Playbook comes in: Packed with best...

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THANK YOU to our Live. Work. Play. Sponsors

Denali Sponsors: $10,000+




O’Malley Sponsors: $5,000+



Susitna Sponsors: $2,500+



Flattop Sponsors: $1,000+

Anchorage Community Development Authority, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, CRW Engineering Group LLC, Weidner Apartment Homes