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10/4/2013
Buy Alaska

Buy Alaska

Many Alaska communities do it and do it well.

Now, the state itself will be doing it, too.

The "it" is encouraging Alaskans to buy local.

The state campaign, AK Loyal, will promote Alaska's brands:

• Made in Alaska;

• Buy Alaska;

• Alaska Grown;

• Alaska Silver Hand;

• Alaska Seafood: Wild, Natural and Sustainable Seafood;

• The Alaska tourism industry's Beyond Your Dreams, Within Your Reach.

The campaign also will support local buying efforts by communities.

The idea is that Alaskans are creative and talented entrepreneurs. We produce useful goods, much of which already is bought by Alaskans. But, by encouraging Alaska purchase, the product and market can be expanded for the betterment of communities, Alaska and Alaskans.

We also provide services valuable to Alaskans, and by utilizing those instead of comparable ones out of state, we support our state and other Alaskans.

AK Loyal is being directed by the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

But its success depends on Alaskans.

Buy Alaska.