economy

Though the state's finances are in a bit of a mess now with low oil prices and relatively low production, there are opportunities ahead. Creating a foundation to take advantage of those opportunities, however, is no easy task. This week, we talk to former borough mayor and current Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Mike Navarre about how the state can transition away from an oil-based economy and the policy and political hurdles that will need to be cleared along the way.

 

By and large, kids have little direct impact on the economy. Oh sure, Mom and Dad spend a lot on them, but with little disposable income of their own, school kids’ spending power is limited.

This week on Econ 919, Jay Barrett tells us how the people at Junior Achievement are training today’s kids to be tomorrow’s financially responsible and productive members of society.


This week, on Econ 919, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has been touting his plan to cover the borough’s $4 million-plus deficit this year with no new taxes. But a part of that plan means asking for administrative fees from the borough’s service areas. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran has more.


City of Kenai

The Kenai city council recently approved changes to leasing policies for airport lands. And that's just a beginning step in a long-range plan to put the city's considerable land assets to better use for development. 

The city of Kenai is looking to grow its economic base. That begins with one of the city’s more abundant resources — land. Shaylon Cochran has more on the plans to catalog and encourage development around the city:


On this week's Kenai Conversation, former Kenai city and borough Mayor John Williams returns to discuss the issues of the day with host Jay Barrett.

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.


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.

On this week's Conversation, host Shaylon Cochran speaks with Stephanie Queen, director of Economic Development and Planning for the city of Soldotna, and Tim Dillon, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, about what kinds of jobs and industries might be making their way to central peninsula in the future to compliment established industries like fishing and resource development.

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.