Inside Alaska Business
Coast Guard
Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews opened up a seasonal aviation support facility in Cordova in advance of summer fisheries. Air Station Kodiak aircrews transferred an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and equipment to Cordova to reduce the response time to the Gulf of Alaska in anticipation of historically increased maritime activity in that region during the summer.
Alaska Airlines | UNCF
Alaska Airlines’ “Our Commitment” aircraft took to the skies in partnership with UNCF (United Negro College Fund), a symbol of the airline’s promise to create a place where everyone sees themselves and belongs. “As a company, we know we are not yet where we need to be when it comes to diversity, but we are inspired and guided by our value to do the right thing. With this aircraft, we are doing the right thing by amplifying the conversation around education, equity, and belonging—and taking it to the skies,” says Ben Minicucci, Alaska Airlines CEO. |
Royal Caribbean Group
Royal Caribbean Group has pledged its support for the Shop Local Alaska Program, an initiative by the BuyAlaska Program and, an online marketplace exclusively for Alaska businesses. As small businesses in Alaska face another season crippled by the loss of 1.3 million visitors to the state by cruise lines, Royal Caribbean Group has agreed to raise awareness of Alaskan-owned businesses in port towns that are struggling to survive.
Alaska Mental Health Trust | DHSS
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority recently awarded three grants, totaling $937,500, to Fairbanks organizations to support improvements to the community’s response to individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. These grants represent a significant step in efforts led by the Trust, in partnership with the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) and community partners, to improve systems that respond to Alaskans in crisis. As a part of this effort, the Trust and partners are working to implement the nationally recognized Crisis Now model, consisting of a continuum of services that are working in many communities to improve mental health crisis response, prevent suicide, and reduce reliance on law enforcement, emergency rooms, and jails when responding to crises. |
UAF has created an online, 12-week professional certificate in sport business management in partnership with edX. Students can earn the certificate by completing three four-week classes. Students can enroll and progress through the online courses on their own schedule. The certificate program introduces all aspects of the business side of sports, including event management, marketing, facilities, and analytics.
REAP | UA System
Five Alaska communities, out of eleven remote communities across the country, have been chosen for a US Department of Energy project to improve energy infrastructure and resilience.

The five communities include Aleknagik, Ouzinkie, Wainwright, Dillingham, and the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in Sitka. The US Department of Energy’s National Laboratories chose the communities as part of the Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project, in which the Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) is a partner. The five communities will work with REAP and the University of Alaska to find technical solutions to entrenched, community-specific problems. These challenges range from efficient integration of renewable energy into microgrids to designing microgrid control systems. |

Crowley Engineering Services has completed the design of the first fully electric US tugboat with autonomous technology—providing operators a sustainable and high-performing solution for ship assist and harbor services in any port. The Crowley design, powered by the expertise of recently integrated subsidiary Jensen Maritime, leverages a large battery system and power saving technology to operate in a fully electric mode while producing zero air emissions or greenhouse gases. The 82-foot tug will provide 70 short tons of bollard pull, featuring an Azimuthing drive propulsion system with two 1,800 kW motors and a 6 MWh battery.