economic development


Getting small businesses running and fully staffed is an immediate goal of the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Economic Impact and Recovery Plan.

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The plan has ramped up fast in the last month by the borough’s economic commission, which wants the public to comment on it now. The commission meets to approve the plan next Tuesday, May 5th. It looks at indicators like sales and taxes as economic recovery, but there are a lot of ways to measure success.

DVIDS/U.S. Air Force

More than 5,000 people may come to the Fairbanks area over the next four years as part of the move to base two squadrons of F-35 fighters at Eielson Air Force Base. The latest estimate announced Monday is well above the previous estimate of 3,500. The bigger population increase is expected to place a greater burden on local services.

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Quintillion Networks

Anchorage-based Quintillion Networks has resumed work on a major fiber-optic cable project that’ll improve broadband internet service in five communities in northern Alaska. Quintillion hopes to link the Alaska cable to a larger system that eventually will run from Japan to Europe.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

The state Department of Transportation will begin repair work soon on an Alaska Highway bridge over the Johnson River south of Delta Junction that was damaged in October when a truck hauling an oversize load banged into several of the bridge’s overhead trusses. That’s the same kind of damage that led to the collapse last month of a bridge with a similar design in Washington state. Transportation officials say the Johnson River bridge and five others in Alaska that have sustained damage to overhead trusses are all safe to use.