The number of Alaska small businesses applying for COVID-19 relief grants expanded rapidly this week and they’re asking for more money than is available in the AK CARES program.
The AK CARES grant program has distributed less than a tenth of the $290 million budgeted for it.
In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for Alaska Tuesday, plaintiffs wrote that federal agencies failed to comply with several acts when pushing the project forward.
The Ambler Road project, has been a lightning rod for controversy for years, pitting the desire to expand business and mining interests in the state against the concerns over impacts to the environment and subsistence.
Alaska’s largest rural airline is $90 million in debt and could be forced to sell its assets and shut down permanently, putting rural travel and supply lines in peril unless the government or new investors come to the aid of the bankrupt company, according to documents filed in federal court.
Despite largely negative input from the public, the AIDEA board voted unanimously to support a resolution to categorize the Ambler Road project as an Arctic Infrastructure project.
Some 600 business entities have filed plans with the state outlining how they’ll safely bring out-of-state workers into Alaska to support “critical infrastructure” amid the coronavirus pandemic, state officials said Wednesday.
In her new role, Anna MacKinnon will be on the boards of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and the Alaska Energy Authority.
Alaska’s economic development arm, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, hired Clark Penney’s company for a no-bid consulting contract. Penney’s grandfather Bob Penney spent $300,000 supporting Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s election.
A former deputy commissioner in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration has been approved for a more-than-$4-million loan from a state agency, drawing criticism from an Anchorage legislator.