Alaska Dispatch News
Author: Devin Kelly
The Port of Anchorage is now called the Port of Alaska, after a Tuesday night vote by the city Assembly.
The measure sends a message to state lawmakers, said sponsor and Anchorage Assembly chair Dick Traini. Anchorage has been asking the state to help pay for upgrades to the port docks, which, after a failed expansion project, are being crippled by corrosion.
With the state facing a massive budget crisis, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and his deputies have been weighing other options to pay for what's now a "modernization" project, like privatizing some parts of the port. At the same time, city officials are still trying to make the case that the port is a statewide asset, with the vast majority of Alaska's dry goods coming through the docks.