AEDC looks to recruit private clients for logistics center
Larry Crawford, Anchorage Economic Development Corp. president and chief executive, said the key to developing a global logistics center lies in working with private companies, especially those providing value-added services.
Last summer AEDC started a marketing effort to pitch Anchorage as a warehouse and distribution center for critical military parts and equipment.
The move followed a study analyzing the idea. AEDC commissioned Price Waterhouse to conduct the study, which was completed last spring. The study identified 100 major defense contractors that supply or maintain equipment for the armed services, AEDC officials said earlier this year.
Findings from the study dictated AEDC’s subsequent move, Crawford said.
"In order for us to attract military (logistics operations) we need to have a solid commercial structure on which they can piggyback," he said.
Crawford spoke Jan. 9 at AEDC’s annual economic forecast luncheon at the Egan Civic & Convention Center.
AEDC also is working with officials from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on the project, he said.
AEDC has a contract with German-based TransCare to define methods of attracting firms to Anchorage, Crawford said. The contract was funded by a $150,000 state grant, he said.
TransCare’s findings should be finished in late January, he said.
Part of its work includes meeting with clients of a logistics company to pinpoint what could attract them to Alaska, he said.
Some of companies include Intel, Motorola, Lockheed Martin, 3M, Honeywell, Siemens and General Electric, he cited.
"We met with over 20 U.S. and European companies," Crawford said.
Once the report is complete, AEDC officials will assess possible options and develop a similar strategy for the Asian market, he said.
AEDC’s goal is to attract a company that will manufacture a product to serve as payload for air carriers, he said.