Inside Alaska Business
A five-year, $1 million grant from the US Department of Education will support a new University of Alaska Fairbanks program to teach students how to operate in the booming markets of YouTube, video game streaming, and social media. The new, sixteen-credit occupational endorsement in content creation has been submitted for academic review and is expected to be available this fall if approved.

The university also received a five-year, $16 million grant to expand UAF’s Biomedical Learning and Student Training program, which engages students in biomedical research.


The Native Village of Hooper Bay and Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP) are opening a women’s domestic violence shelter in the Hooper Bay sub-region. The Hooper Bay Victim Services Project will provide comprehensive victim services and support for women and their children who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault in Hooper Bay and the surrounding sub-region including Chevak and Scammon Bay.

Renovation of the building, a space provided by Sea Lion Corporation, began in September. Once completed, the shelter will be staffed 24/7.

Port of Alaska

The US Department of Transportation awarded a $25 million Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant to the Port of Alaska. The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) will use the funding to complete a new petroleum and cement terminal.

MOA broke ground on the $214 million terminal in summer 2019. The BUILD grant will make a significant dent in the project’s then-$80 million gap in funding, as construction began with $134 million in state and federal dollars on hand.

Alaska’s Congressional Delegation applauded the grant, saying, “This new BUILD Grant will help offset the cost of the first phase of the port’s desperately-needed modernization program.”

Pacific Health Coalition

Pacific Health Coalition Executive Director Fred Brown was elected president of the National Labor Alliance of Health Care Coalitions, a nonprofit organization of management health and welfare coalitions representing purchasers of health services that work together to increase value in care, services, and benefits for more than 6.5 million Americans. Brown’s goal is to provide efficient and innovative plan options already implemented in Alaska as options for other organizations to improve quality and cost of care nationwide, in addition to strengthening communication and strategic engagement. |

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STG Incorporated

STG Incorporated completed the construction of a new bridge and walkway over the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve for the National Park Service. The project was commissioned to replace a floating bridge across the Brooks River, a centerpiece feature of the park, where the spawning Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon make their way back up to the headwaters as the bears congregate in high concentrations to fish. Due to the high concentration of bears in this area, visitors and park employees would frequently experience long delays on the floating bridge due to “bear jams” when bears would be near or on the bridge preventing anyone from crossing until the bears moved. The new elevated bridge and walkway alleviate this congestion; allow wildlife to move freely down the river and under the new bridge; give visitors an improved vantage point from above; lessen delays; and improve safety for both visitors and wildlife.

LifeMed Alaska

LifeMed Alaska is maintaining its accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems, or CAMTS. The announcement comes after site inspections, thorough evaluation of LifeMed programs, and public comment. A CAMTS-accredited medical transport service demonstrates to its employees and to the public that it cares about the quality of patient care and safety and is committed to doing things right. The accreditation is a voluntary, peer reviewed process.


NANA shareholders voted to establish a shareholder trust; moving forward, instead of dividends being distributed by NANA directly, they will be distributed through the new trust, which means they will be tax-exempt. NANA can contribute to the trust as a pre-tax investment, and the trust itself will be taxed at a lower rate, saving costs for the corporation and its shareholders.

Ahtna subsidiary Ahtna Marine & Construction Company finalized its acquisition of Cavache, a Florida-based dredging and civil construction firm. Cavache specializes in hydraulic and mechanical dredging services in lakes, ports, rivers, canals, inlets, and other navigable waterways, as well as beach renourishment, shoreline protection, wetland construction, and environmental clean-up and maintenance.