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Innovation isn't a new concept.
The state of Alaska was built by innovators, from explorers to miners, fishermen, loggers, oil field workers, entrepreneurs, teachers, scientists and others. We worked together at startup and we're continuing to work in tandem for a more economically healthy Alaska.
Whether it will help or not, state Sen. Mia Costello, an Anchorage Republican, has proposed a resolution to proclaim 2019 as a year of innovation. Her idea is to encourage hard-working Alaskans to come up with forward-thinking solutions to grow the economy. She points out that job creation is driven by startups, which create an average of three million jobs annually.
Given the state's current financial situation, with a multi-billion-dollar deficit, Costello seeks innovative solutions. In other words, Alaska needs to innovate to create jobs and grow the economy.
Economic development groups, universities, investors, businesses and entrepreneurs have to, and perhaps more than ever need to, work together to advance entrepreneurship.
This is true.
Innovation, combined with a heck of a lot of oil and the revenue generated from its production, has been the force behind Alaska. It will have to be moving forward. But one year won't do it.
There's still plenty of time in 2018. And what about after 2019, the year Costello aims to declare the Year of Innovation?
This is a year after year after year endeavor.