Alaska's economy has always been based on use of our natural resources. A major number of jobs in our region come from fishing, mining, timber, and recreation. In the Legislature, I have worked to promote sustainable development of our key industries. There's much we can do to grow our economy through prudent management of our fisheries; fighting to increase timber supply from state and federal lands; reducing undue regulatory barriers; and funding infrastructure projects to increase access to natural resources.
Southeast Alaska has great potential to further develop its tourism, recreation, and renewable energy industries. Expansion of these sectors is vital to growing and diversifying the region's economy. The state can play a role by providing support for energy, communication, and transportation projects. Through targeted incentives; access to resources; and lowering the cost of doing business through affordable energy, we can make our region a competitive location for business.
Public sector jobs are also crucial to Southeast Alaska's economy. Federal agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) bring new residents to Southeast and provide vital public services. The importance of keeping the State Capital in our region can't be understated and I will continue to work to keep the Capital right where it belongs: in Juneau.