Neal Fried, an economist at the Alaska Department of Labor, Research and Analysis Section will inform the audience about our current economy.
Neal is a primary author of articles appearing in the monthly magazine Alaska Economic Trends, published by the Alaska Department of Labor. This publication is distributed to over 5,000 subscribers. His articles cover a wide variety of the State's economic issues. Some of the topics on which he has performed economic analysis and written articles include: annual economic forecasts, the cost of living, beer and coffee, construction, income and wage trends, the military, the healthcare industry, transportation, oil industry issues, labor needs, rural economic trends, economic impact of the Prince William Sound oil spill, the Mat-Su Valley's economy and other issues.
Neal served on the Governors Oil and Gas Policy Task Force, Anchorage Economic Development Committee, the Governors Technology Task Force, the Alaska Public Media Board, the King Career Center’s Business Industries Advisory Committee and others. He was also on the Pacific Northwest Economic Conference board.