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Alaska business news: AEDC measures business confidence

AEDC measures business confidence

The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. recently launched its annual business confidence survey. In its sixth year, the survey assesses business conditions in each of the city's economic industries to provide a representative business confidence index, or BCI. Business leaders are asked to complete the online survey to provide perspective on their organization's performance and expectations, perceived barriers to growth, importance of various projects to the Anchorage economy, and opinion of the overall municipal and state economy.

"This survey helps guide AEDC's direction for the upcoming year," said Bill Popp, AEDC's president and CEO. "It's important to provide businesses an opportunity to express concerns, opportunities and expectations in a non-competitive atmosphere. From the results, we can identify trends and further opportunities to support Anchorage's continued economic growth."

The 2012 survey reported the most positive economic outlook since the BCI's inception, with work force availability and job readiness the leading barrier to economic growth.

The survey is available online through Dec. 20 at AEDCweb.com. Results will be reported at the AEDC economic forecast luncheon Jan. 29, 2014. To further encourage business participation, each respondent is entered to win 10 tickets to the forecast luncheon.

-- Anchorage Daily News