The rapid pace of innovation can be hard to keep up with. It seems like almost every day we hear about a new, innovative technology that is transforming local economies for the better. With these rapid changes occurring in the business world, more and more companies are coming face to face with outdated regulations and protected markets. One of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s top priorities has consistently been regulatory reform. The challenge with regulatory reform is that it can be nebulous. However, today there is an Anchorage chamber member that has become the poster child for regulatory reform: Uber.
In 2014, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce members again identified education and workforce development as their top priority for the coming year. With the unemployment rate sitting at 5 percent, an aging workforce, and the available labor pool fairly shallow, redefining how we approach workforce development has been a key focus of an initiative to improve Anchorage public school outcomes.
When we hear phrases like “Alaska has an aging demographic” or “seniors are Alaska’s fastest-growing demographic,” we don’t always translate that into the positive economic impacts that seniors are providing for Anchorage.