A beautiful night in Valdez, AK. The city is one of the most important ports in Alaska. Valdez is a fishing port, both for commercial and sport fishing. Freight moves through Valdez bound for the interior of Alaska. Sightseeing of the marine life and glaciers, together with both deep-sea fishing, and heli skiing support a tourist industry in Valdez. The oil from the Trans-Alaska pipeline is loaded onto ships at the Valdez oil terminal. Photo Courtesy Levi Atwell
(VALDEZ, Alaska; June 29, 2016) – Crowley Maritime Corp. assisted the Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) to win a three-year grant that will help students develop skills to successfully establish careers in the maritime industry.
AVTEC, with the help of Crowley’s marine services group in Valdez, Alaska, serving as lead industry partner, won a Carl Perkins Post-Secondary Grant from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development’s Career & Technical Education Office. AVTEC, known as Alaska’s Institution of Technology, will receive a grant of $250,000 annually, renewable up to three years.
“Crowley is proud to again partner with AVTEC to provide opportunities for Alaskans in maritime careers. Our long history in Alaska’s communities makes us uniquely qualified to support the development of job opportunities for students seeking sustainable careers,” said Crowley’s Rod Jones, general manager of Crowley’s marine services group in Valdez.
AVTEC will use the grant to enhance its AVTEC Secondary Training Academy (ASTA), helping students earn the credentials necessary for licenses to work on maritime vessels. Crowley will continue to support AVTEC’s Young Mariner Program, which provides scholarships, work experience and career development information.
The company has funded scholarships to Alaskans attending AVTEC maritime training, as well as supported job training and employment of Alaska Natives.
Crowley is a leader in the Alaska fuel industry, providing transportation, distribution and sales of petroleum products to more than 280 communities across Alaska. Crowley also supports the energy industry on the North Slope with summer sealifts of large production modules and various marine transportation services. For over 35 years, Crowley has provided tanker escort and docking services in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System, utilizing some of the most technologically advanced and powerful tugboats in the world. To learn more about Crowley in Alaska, visit www.crowleyalaska.com.
To learn more about Crowley Maritime Corporation, the 124-year-old, privately held company providing marine solutions, energy and logistics services around the world, please visit www.crowley.com.
During the budget standoff, frustration built up over the demands of the House Minority in exchange for their votes needed to tap the Constitutional Budget Reserve (CBR). A nuclear option was developed involving transferring over $7 billion in permanent fund earnings.
The proposal was to transfer earnings of the permanent fund to the principal of the fund, utilizing a loophole in the Constitution by making less state funds available for appropriation, bypassing the ¾ vote requirement to access the CBR. This would allow a simple majority vote to access the CBR.
I was very concerned about this proposal for the following reasons:
• It’s not fully vetted and the financial impact has not been adequately analyzed;
• It’s all Alaskans’ fund and the people need to be involved in any decision;
• It will severely lower Alaska’s liquidity, may affect our bond rating; and
• If there is a correction in the stock market there may not be enough funds available to pay Dividends from the Permanent Fund.
As you know, I stood firm with a strong group of House Majority legislators opposed to using the earnings of the permanent fund as a gimmick to access the CBR; this is why I worked so hard to help my colleagues craft the budget deal that passed the legislature.
As your representative, I will continue to insist that you are involved in deciding the future of the permanent fund!
Representative Jim Colver represents District 9 which includes: North Palmer (Buffalo Mine, Farm Loop, Fishhook, Soapstone), Glacier View, Glennallen, Sutton, Delta, Valdez & Whittier