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State of Alaska Petitions for Delay in Implementation of FF-SHOP Insurance Program

Alaska Business“Small businesses play a major role in Alaska’s economy, and statistics show that nearly 95 percent of the private employers are the small group employers that would be severely impacted by the FF-SHOP,” Commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Susan Bell said. “Any increase to the cost of their health care plans will have a deep effect on their financial stability and Alaska’s economy as a whole.”
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Input sought on transition plan for Mt. McKinley Meat & Sausage Plant

Alaska Business(Palmer, AK) –– The Division of Agriculture and Board of Agriculture and Conservation (BAC) are seeking public input on options to transition the Mt. McKinley Meat & Sausage plant near Palmer from state ownership to the private sector. The slaughter and meat processing plant is owned by the state’s Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund and operates with the use of Palmer Correctional Facility inmates. This facility is the only USDA-approved slaughter facility in Southcentral Alaska.

To gather input from the red meat industry, other processing plants, and Alaska chefs and restaurants, the Division of Agriculture has developed the following surveys. The division is seeking responses to these surveys by May 30.
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Nominations sought for 2014 Farm Family of the Year

Alaska BusinessPalmer, AK) – The Division of Agriculture is inviting the public to submit nominations for the 15th Annual Farm Family of the Year award that will be presented during the Alaska State Fair in August.

The Alaska State Fair established the award in 2000 to honor an Alaska farming family that epitomizes the spirit of the industry and to show appreciation for all the hardworking Alaskans committed to agriculture and aquaculture in the state. The 2013 award recipient was Vern Stockwell and Becky Gardner of Stockwell Farm located in Palmer.
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Global Spotlight on Alaska

Alaska Business(Juneau, Alaska) – The Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED) is savoring Alaska’s recent success at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 conference in Orlando. The state, Fairbanks North Star Borough and the University of Alaska Fairbanks worked together to showcase the benefits of developing the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry in Alaska.

“The UAS industry holds extreme promise for long-term economic development in our state,” said DCCED Commissioner, Susan Bell. “This new industry and related support businesses will benefit from Alaska’s strategic location, business development incentives, and our collective commitment to see success.”
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Treadwell Pitches Alaska Testbed to Unmanned Aircraft Global Conference

Alaska BusinessOrlando, FL – Alaska is not just a testbed for unmanned aircraft, but also a strong local market for the industry, Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell told an audience of 2000 aerospace industry leaders from around the world.

Treadwell invited participants in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 conference, which met in Orlando this week, to use the new test site in Alaska, which includes the Arctic, partners in Hawaii and Oregon, and Iceland.
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Peonies a blooming business for Alaska

Alaska BusinessContributed by a user: "The delicate yet decadent blooms could be the state's next big cash crop. They thrive down to 60 below, need cold weather to flourish and, during the wedding high season of June and September, Alaska is the only place the world can buy them."

"Peony growers in the Mat-Su alone -- the borough mayor last week declared the Valley the "Peony Capital of Alaska" -- expect to cut more than a million flowers within a few years.

Each peony sells for roughly $5, sometimes a little less but sometimes quite a bit more. Entrepreneurs and farmers alike are rushing to meet demand for the new cash crop.

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At-Sea Processors Job Fair April 24 in Anchorage

Alaska BusinessJUNEAU, Alaska—The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will host the annual At-Sea Processors Association Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, at the Midtown Job Center in Anchorage, 3301 Eagle Street, Room 104.

Applicants must attend a seafood orientation and pre-register before April 24. The department holds seafood orientation Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Midtown Job Center.

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Residents worry there may be carbon monoxide gas leaking at Houston Lodge.

Alaska BusinessA contributor provided this story: "HOUSTON - Carbon monoxide is called a silent killer because it’s nearly undetectable by human senses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But residents at an extended-stay motel in the Mat-Su Valley say they know the dangerous gas is leaking into their homes because they've been suffering the side effects for months."

“The only goal we want is to sleep safe at night,” said Houston Lodge resident Elizabeth Rautenkranz. ”I can pick up and leave and move, that would set us back quite a bit, but what happens every time I drive by and I know there’s more people being in here?”

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Making millions out of mud?

Alaska Business"Is Cordova's Lauren Padawer on her way to becoming the next self-made multimillion dollar American tycoon? Tune in to ABC's "Shark Tank" on Friday to find out.

Padawer started her Alaska Glacial Mud Co., selling all-natural facial masks, soaps and other skin care products, in 2007 with the help of an Alaska Federation of Natives Marketplace Grant. She traveled to Los Angles this past September to face five of six Sharks: billionaire Mark Cuban, outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; "Queen of QVC" Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary.
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