First Things First Alaska Foundation
Focused on a strong economy
Responsible Economic Development
and Natural Resource Management
in Southeast Alaska
According to a CNBC news piece, Alaska “was dead last in economic performance last year.”
The article says that Alaska’s economy shrank by 2.4%.
Alaska is one of the states most at risk of “falling into a recession even if the rest of the country avoids one,” according to CNBC.
Will the CBJ Assembly ever draw the line?
By Win Gruening, April 12
First Things First Alaska Foundation (FTFAF) follows many issues we deem essential to the economic vitality of Alaska.
For example, natural resource utilization or development has been stalled or prohibited in many parts of Alaska. As a result, thousands of jobs have disappeared in the last several decades. Job loss is a problem for our economic viability.
We know Alaskans love our beautiful, wild Alaska and seek to protect its harsh and hardy landscapes, waterways, wildlife, and communities.
Alaska’s future depends on the public understanding that our economic survival depends on responsible use of and access to Alaska’s bountiful natural resources.
In this light, FTFAF focuses on the issues of Juneau Access and SE Transportation, the Roadless Rule, mining, solid waste management, tourism, and balanced public spending.
Areas of Focus
First Things First Alaska Foundation is committed to education, advocacy, and support of responsible economic development and natural resource management in Southeast Alaska.
While there are many areas our board and members work to advance our efforts, the FTFAF board has selected the following areas of focus as essential for the health and wellbeing of Southeast Alaska.
Promote Juneau Access and SE Transportation Plan
We need this essential land-link that will reduce shipping costs, provide increased access for travelers, and help the AMHS ferry system.
Alaska-Specific Exemptions to the Roadless Rule
Ensure access for all user groups in the Tongass to resources and communities in Southeast Alaska.