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Anchorage mayor candidate Q&As: How would you expand and diversify Anchorage’s economy?


Downtown Anchorage, photographed on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Loren Holmes / ADN) In advance of the April 6 Anchorage municipal election, the Anchorage Daily News asked candidates running for Anchorage mayor a series of issue questions. These includes questions suggested by readers. Read all the mayor and school board candidates’ responses here .

I would leave it alone. Remove all possible barriers to entry.

First, I will end the shutdowns on my first day in office. In doing so, we will allow all our entrepreneurs to do what they need to become prosperous. Then I will work ceaselessly to end our vagrancy crisis making Anchorage, especially downtown, an attractive development opportunity for developers. They will invest once they realize we have made our streets safe and vagrant free. Investment in development is the key to economic diversification.

I would work to develop Anchorage’s global cargo position at the Anchorage airport, and showcase its duty-free status for items to assemble products for sale domestically. Public-private partnerships and work groups will be needed to identify products that can be made in Anchorage, and Alaska, with the highest profit margins, and lowest costs to market should be researched so that local and state government […]

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