Alaska’s gourmet food: The best of Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska — It’s been a tough year for Alaska, the world’s sixth-largest food producer.
Alaska has been buffeted by a severe drought and a devastating wildfire.
In the summer, millions of Alaska residents experienced food shortages and rationing.
Alaska also suffered through the worst wildfires in its history, including the Pinetop Fire, which destroyed nearly 5,000 homes.
Bill Walker recently ordered the closure of more than 20 schools and ordered that school food be provided only for students who live in a school zone.
And the Alaska Department of Agriculture has announced that food production will be severely curtailed from mid-September through the middle of November.
But the state has done just fine, thanks in part to a $5.5 billion investment in the state’s economy.
The $1.6 billion in state investment over the next three years will support more than 100,000 jobs and help the state create 2 million new jobs, according to the Alaska Economic Development Corp. “This is the start of a long-term and sustained recovery in Alaska, and I want to thank all those who have made this possible,” Walker said in a news release.
Alaska has become a magnet for companies that are looking to build their operations and attract new talent.
Alaskans have a high-paying jobs market, and companies in Alaska that invest in Alaska have a strong financial base.
For example, the Alaska-based company that owns the Alaska Fairgrounds, which includes the Alaska Dome and the Anchorage Convention Center, is one of the largest employers in the country, with more than 1,500 employees.
It employs more than 2,000 people and recently announced plans to invest $10 million in a new facility in the Fairgrounds.
Companies also are investing in Alaska in new ways.
In March, for instance, Alaskan software company Palantir announced plans for a $1 billion new office in Anchorage.
More recently, an oil and gas giant, Alaska National Seashore, announced a $300 million expansion of its operations in Alaska and plans to open an Alaska oil rig, which will allow it to increase production capacity from 1,000 barrels a day to more than 5,500 barrels a week.
Other companies are investing as well.
Earlier this month, for example, Texas-based oil company Exxon Mobil announced a new oil refinery, an expansion of the company’s existing refinery and an expansion to the company-owned Port of Seattle.