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Alaskan Hopes

November 24, 2013

Your humble scribe attended the Resource Development Council’s 34th annual conference in Anchorage 20-21-November. The highlights suggest there is hope for higher levels of economic growth in Alaska over the medium term.

RDC is the Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc., a statewide business association comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s oil and gas, mining, forest products, tourism and fisheries industries. RDC’s membership includes Alaska Native Corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms. RDC’s purpose is to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources. RDC was formed in 1975.

The highlights of the recent conference:

The oil and gas industry in Alaska is starting to spend money in the North Slope and in the Cook Inlet. The impact of these expenditures cannot be overstated. All-tolled the oil and gas sector accounts for 110,000 well-paying jobs in the state.


The RDC conference is a great opportunity to learn about resource development in Alaska. The people were very friendly and for the most part optimistic about the economy.