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Issue Position: Diversifying the Economy

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Candidates always talk about diversifying Alaska's economy. I've done it. As an investor, as a public official, as a citizen I've worked to bring good ideas, capital, and Alaska's resources together to get things done.

A few examples: Opening the border with Russia in 1988, and following up with trade and tourism. Working to sell Alaska energ - coal, oil and gas - on the Pacific Rim. Helping the timber and mining industries work through the maze of regulations, and going to bat against an initiative that would have killed off large mines in the state. Helping Cordova set up the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute after Exxon Valdez, and helping Seward build the Alaska Sea Life Center. Working with Barrow to bring public and private resources together to build the Barrow Arctic Research Center. Burning the midnight oil to support Governor Hickel, as he turned the tide in Washington to establish community development quotas which brought the riches of Alaska's fisheries onshore for coastal villages. Helping finance and build the Kodiak Launch Complex, and bringing additional support to our University research programs. Working with eight arctic nations to write the first plan for arctic shipping. Leading the fight to get a missile defense for America that brought jobs all over Alaska, from Shemya to Delta Junction. Starting several companies with Alaska and outside partners that pioneered new technologies on global markets.

Alaskans are innovators, capitalizing on our resources, our location, our brains and our sweat to compete on world markets. As Lt. Governor, I will help them - as I always have, and we'll start by making sure our government pays attention to all of our opportunities, not just a few. I support the comprehensive approach laid out in the recent Forward Alaska report by our regional development groups (ARDOR's.) I have served on the State Committee on Research, the US Arctic Research Commission, the board of the Prince William Sound Science Center, the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation and other public and private boards helping to build Alaska.


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