Inside Alaska Business
PDC Engineers
PDC Engineers expanded its telecom and security design knowledgebase with the addition of its first Registered Communication Distribution Designer (RCDD). PDC’s Bryce Mahn acquired the RCDD certification (offered by Building Industry Consulting Service International), a global information and communications technology certification that demonstrates the holder’s knowledge of the creation, planning, integration, and execution of communications technologies.
ecoATM Gazelle
Alaskans can now sell or recycle electronic devices at convenient kiosks; ecoATM Gazelle introduced the kiosks to Alaska, with initial kiosks to be located at Walmart and Fred Meyer locations in the Anchorage area.

Device pricing is determined by the model, specific condition, memory capacity, and value in the second-hand markets. Each phone is instantly and carefully evaluated using a unique machine vision system, electrical diagnostics, and artificial intelligence system all within the automated ecoATM kiosk.

The Anchorage Assembly adopted the Municipality of Anchorage Climate Action Strategy, which identifies municipal-led, high impact, high priority actions from the Anchorage Climate Plan that the city will take in the near term. The administration has launched several actions for 2019:

  • Municipal energy efficiency upgrades
  • Establish financing mechanisms to promote clean energy
  • Solar panels on the Egan Center, Anchorage Regional Landfill, and Fire Station 10
  • Regional electric vehicle charging plan
  • Electric vehicle pilots
  • Expanding organics collection program
  • Expanding landfill gas to energy project
  • Local Food Mini-Grant Program

For more information and to view the plan, visit


ChemTrack Alaska was named the Alaska Woman-Owned Business of the Year by the US Small Business Administration’s Alaska District Office.

ChemTrack is an 8(a) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business specializing in environmental engineering, remediation services, spill management, emergency response, and construction. Owner Carrie Jokiel is a well-known business advocate at both the federal and state levels, championing small businesses and women-owned businesses.

National Park Service

A National Park Service report shows that 2,920,250 visitors to national parks in Alaska spent $1.36 billion in the state in 2018. That spending resulted in 17,760 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of over $1.98 billion.

The report’s authors also produced an interactive tool that enables users to explore visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies, available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage:


The state Division of Agriculture released proposed regulations implementing state and federal laws authorizing a pilot program for a legal industrial hemp industry in Alaska. Senate Bill 6, passed by the Alaska Legislature in 2018, directed the division to design and conduct a pilot program. The division is working to identify what varieties of hemp are best suited to commercial cultivation in Alaska; to create a registry of hemp farming, manufacturing, and retail operations in the state; and to issue the regulations necessary to implement an industrial hemp pilot program.


A task force will explore options for the University of Alaska’s future structure, considering at least four potential structural options for the system:

  • Status Quo—Three separately accredited universities with the community college campuses part of their respective regional university.
  • Lead Campus—Three separately accredited universities but with more focus on specific academic programs at each single university along with expanded availability of courses across the system via distance delivery.
  • One University—A single accredited university for all of Alaska with the community colleges organized as a unit within the university.
  • Three independent universities—Three separately accredited universities and associated community colleges with independent administrations and no statewide administration.

The task force will begin meeting this summer with the goal of providing a final report in time for the Board of Regents November meeting.

Alaska Legacy Partners

Alaska Legacy Partners acquired the Mendenhall Business Park, better known locally as the “Mendenhall Mall and Super Bear area.” The twenty-seven-acre site, set up as a master land lease structure, represents one of Juneau’s most popular year-round commercial centers. Mendenhall Business Park is comprised of eighteen long-term land leases, Mall Road, and more than 243,000 square feet of buildings.