LISTEN: Small businesses employ just over half of all Alaskans. How are they fairing as they wait for CARES act funding?

(Abbey Collins/Alaska Public Media)

The legislative Budget and Audit committee had barely announced their approval of releasing a billion dollars in federal aid to Alaska businesses and municipalities, before a lawsuit was filed against that committee action. What happens now and how many more businesses will go under while they wait for help? Join us for a financial outlook for communities across the state.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Bill Popp, President & CEO, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
  • Nils Andreassen, Executive Director, Alaska Municipal League



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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