economy

Alyssa Rodrigues, development manager with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, gives a crystal-ball look into the economic future of Alaska.

In this first episode of ECON 919, we take you to the recent Economic Outlook Forum and introduce you to one of the newest players in the Central Kenai Peninsula's economy. And we wrap up with some potentially encouraging news about your PFD.

ECON 919 is KDLL's new, weekly economic report for the Central Kenai Peninsula. It can be heard each Friday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Courtesy Charlie Pierce

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks about the budget deficit and economic development in the borough.

 

Movers and shakers from around the central peninsula gathered for the annual industry outlook forum Wednesday in Soldotna.

From mainstays like oil and gas and fishing to up-and-comers like cannabis and the blue economy (ocean-based industries), the Kenai Peninsula Industry Outlook Forum will feature speakers from just about every sector of the local economy. Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District Executive Director Tim Dillon spoke with KDLL's Shaylon Cochran about what's lined for the event Jan. 10 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

 

The Vietnam War is the subject of Ken Burns' latest epic series on PBS, and on KDLL's fall membership drive version of Peninsula On Point, Jay Barrett talks with Allen Auxier, of Soldotna, about his experiences in the war. Listeners know Allen as the longtime station manager at KDLL, but may not know he spent 11 months carrying an M-60 machine gun and jumping out of helicopters in the jungles of Vietnam in 1971 and '72. He came back staunchly patriotic, but adamantly anti-war.

During KDLL's Membership Drive on Thursday, long-time Kenai Mayor John Williams was Jay Barrett's guest, discussing the politics and economy of the Kenai Peninsula and how they've changed in his nearly 50 years in public life. Near the end of the show, Jay asked him about the future of the area.

Technology has a knack for accelerating the pace of economic change. But in rural areas, that change isn’t always welcomed with open arms.

 

Dr. Don Albrecht runs the Western Rural Development Center at Utah State University and he’s also the author of “Rethinking Rural: Global Community and Economic Development in the Small Town West.” He’s spent a lot of time studying how rural communities change and why.

 

The AK LNG Project continues forward, but not with the pace and fervor we saw when the project was first getting off the ground. The state of Alaska controls a bigger share of the project now, but doesn’t have a ton of extra money to put into it. And the economics are more difficult to make work with steady supplies of natural gas in the Lower 48 that are also a lot easier to get to. Larry Persily is chief of staff for borough Mayor Mike Navarre and this stuff is his specialty.