Inside Alaska Business
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines announced the return of its summer service from Frankfurt to Fairbanks in 2021.

The weekly seasonal service will begin June 17 and will run through September 9, offering a total of thirteen flights with a Frankfurt-Anchorage-Fairbanks-Frankfurt configuration. 2021 marks the airline’s 20th anniversary of summer service between Frankfurt and Fairbanks.

Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) has launched an initiative to attract remote workers to Anchorage. From increased spending at local businesses and restaurants to bolstering the available workforce with new energy and skillsets, attracting a remote workforce to Anchorage has a direct benefit to the local economy, the AEDC says. The organization’s newly created landing page for remote workers highlights the perks of living in Anchorage and provides resources for those considering relocating.
Ounalashka Corporation | Chena Power | City of Unalaska

The Ounalashka Corporation and Chena Power signed a thirty-year power purchase agreement with the City of Unalaska for 30MW of geothermal produced energy. In 2019, Ounalashka Corporation and Chena Power formed a partnership, OCCP, to establish a sustainable alternative geothermal energy project using the nearby Makushin Volcano. “What makes this different is that we’ve put together a team of Alaskans with a common vision and proven local, national, and international business and technical leadership,” says Chris Salts, CEO of the Ounalashka Corporation. “We know this can be transformational for our community and our future role in the world, and we’re all pulling in the same direction to see it realized.”


Alaska Business Publishing Co. (ABPC) will begin publishing The Alaska Contractor magazine and Annual Membership Directory for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska (AGC) beginning with the Winter 2021 edition. The agreement marks another step forward in ABPC’s mission of promoting economic growth in the state through discussion and analysis of the issues and trends affecting Alaska’s business sector. “A partnership between AGC of Alaska and ABPC is a natural fit as both organizations are deeply invested in the success of the Alaska business community,” says Charles Bell, vice president of sales at ABPC. AGC of Alaska’s The Alaska Contractor magazine is published quarterly and features the latest developments in the Alaska construction industry. |

The Alutiiq Museum

The Alutiiq Museum launched an effort to promote the work of Alutiiq artists and help consumers identify authentic Alutiiq-made works. The Alutiiq Seal program, which debuted in September, maintains a registry of Alutiiq visual artists. Every registered artist receives a set of tags to use when labeling their art. The tag, or Alutiiq Seal, will identify the work as authentically Alutiiq.

“It can be tricky to tell if a work is genuine Native art,” says Alutiiq Museum Executive Director April Laktonen Counceller. “Clear labeling can help buyers understand which works are crafted by native people and which are not… The Alutiiq Seal emblem will help Alutiiq artists distinguish themselves from others and help consumers avoid phony Native art.”

Chugach Electric

Chugach Electric Association is offering several new electric vehicle (EV) related incentives to promote EV use in Alaska. Individually, the incentives are intended to help the utility’s members interested in owning and driving an EV and the businesses that would like to serve them. Collectively, the programs will help Chugach learn more about the trend toward transportation electrification and its impacts on the power grid. There are two types of EVs that connect to the grid, and both qualify for the incentive programs. Battery electric vehicles are all-electric and generally have a range of 200 to 300 miles on a full charge. Plug-in electric hybrids travel for a limited range (25 to 40 miles) on battery power before switching to an internal combustion engine. Both are present in Alaska. The incentive programs from Chugach provide bill credits for residential and commercial members who install charging equipment.