Bulletin 9/16/12



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Alaska Computer Support moves to new location

Alaska Computer Support has just moved to new quarters, as of August 28th, 2012, from their former Anchorage location on International Airport Road to 750 E. Fireweed Lane, Suite 104, in the Anchor Building. The company specializes in assisting small- to medium-sized businesses and non-profits with all things computer, which is why Michael Wheeler, owner of AkCS, designed the move to have minimum network downtime for their clients, only two evening hours on Aug. 29. Alaska Computer Support was founded by Wheeler, a business entrepreneur, in 1998, and was called Where2Be.com for several years. Wheeler has also developed or assisted several other enterprises in Anchorage in recent years, including Acai Alaska on Dimond Boulevard, Purple Turtle on Arctic, Cosmic Café on Arctic, Team 5 LLC and more.

 

GeoNorth wins contracts with Corvallis, Ore., Strathcona County, Alberta, ANTHC

GeoNorth, an Alaskan-based information technology solutions provider headquartered in Anchorage, and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Tatitlek Corp., has recently been awarded professional IT services contracts by both Strathcona County, Albert, Canada, and the City of Corvallis, Ore. These services contracts place GeoNorth on “Pre-Qualified Service Provider Lists,” or task order contracts, for Strathcona and Corvallis GIS Services as the needs arise within each client’s Geographic Information Systems departments. The City of Corvallis is a long-standing client of GeoNorth. The award granted by Corvallis covers a variety of computer programming services ranging from small, discrete task orders, to larger, more complex multi-element projects. Corvallis is also one of the many users of GeoNorth’s own mapping solution, MapOptix. GeoNorth was also awarded a new contract by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for the development, deployment, and support of a new software application referred to as their Funding, Reporting, Information and Tracking System, or FRITS. GeoNorth was awarded the contract through a publically competitive Request for Proposal process. GeoNorth has worked with existing ANTHC business systems, processes, and personnel for several years now on related IT task orders and previous contracts, with the development and implementation of their Alaska Local Workforce Information Navigator project being the most recent.

 

R&M ranked No. 20 on list of best civil engineering firms to work for

R&M Consultants Inc. was ranked No. 20 nationally in CE News’ 2012 Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For list, representing the firm’s third year on this list. CE News is the leading industry resource for news, business advice, how-to information, and management tips that engineers can use in their day-to-day operations. Each year they evaluate engineering firms throughout the United States and put out a list of the Best Firms to Work for based on firm disciplines: civil engineering, structural engineering, architecture, multidiscipline AE services, and environmental services. Firms are ranked based on workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and more. Founded in Alaska in 1969, R&M offers civil, structural, geotechnical, and waterfront engineering; surveying and mapping; GIS; geology; hydrology; environmental services; construction administration, materials testing and special inspection. R&M has offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

 

Petro Marine Services opens new Katlian Street Marina

Alaskan-owned and operated Petro Marine Services has completed a new, state of the industry marine fuel facility at its 613 Katlian St. location in Sitka. Designed specifically for the diverse marine community in Sitka, boats will have easy access to over 700 feet of service moorage with nearly two dozen fuel dispensers, including three high-flow diesel stations for larger-capacity boats and convenient dockside water stations. In addition, lube oils, spill response, and a host of other marine products will be available at the newly completed onsite store and adjacent on-shore warehouse. Conveniently located mid-channel, the new marina takes advantage of recycled products for composite rub rails and decking material. New technology light emitting diode luminaires are used for lighting the float, reducing power consumption and waste.

 

Gov. Parnell declares disaster for Kivalina

Gov. Sean Parnell has issued a disaster declaration for Kivalina, a community within Northwest Arctic Borough. The declaration makes funds available to pay for and/or reimburse expenses associated with emergency protective measures and immediate efforts to refill the community’s water holding tanks. Last month’s heavy rainfall in Kivalina resulted in record flows on the Wulik River, which washed away several sections of the surface water piping and prevented the City of Kivalina from filling the city’s raw water tank. The NWAB, school district, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, State of Alaska, and other agencies are working to restore the conveyance of water from the Wulik River to the raw water tank. The State of Alaska will continue to support the NWAB, school district, and City of Kivalina, as they find permanent solutions to issues not eligible under the State’s disaster recovery programs. Direct management of disaster recovery funds will be administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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