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Notice of Office Closure

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development offices will be closed to the public on November 23rd and 24th. We will be closed November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday and November 24th is an unpaid furlough day for employees to reduce state expenses.

Division of Economic Development

Unmanned Aerial Systems in Alaska

The Division of Economic Development (DED) is leading the effort to create jobs and opportunities in the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) industry for Alaskans. With more than 650,000 square miles of airspace, varied terrain, established aerospace infrastructure, a thriving support-services industry, and the newly designated Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex, Alaska provides an optimal environment for unmanned aircraft system testing and development.

As part of DED’s support of the growing industry, staff is organizing and hosting meetings to bring public and private sector interests together with the goal of advancing the industry. Additionally, a State of Alaska legislative task force works in conjunction with the federal government and private sector to address policy needs and concerns for the public and industry alike.


Upcoming and Past Meeting Agendas of the UAS Interest Group


Ethan Tyler, Development Manager