By Tim Maudsley
RISQ Consulting attended the 2019 Anchorage Economic Development Corp (AEDC) Luncheon, and I am happy to hear that the news was relatively positive about the 2019 economy as well as the business confidence index. Surveys showed a mostly positive outlook for business since 2014, real estate sales and prices were higher in 2017, and Anchorage is projected to add jobs for 2019 for the first time in 3 years. Concern still centers around oil prices and production, the State fiscal budget, the cost of healthcare, and the Port of Anchorage, which is now estimated to cost more than $2B to repair. I would highly recommend taking a look at the KTVA report, as understanding the local economic forecast can be just as important as knowing how to dress for the weather waiting outside your arctic entry.