JUNEAU (AP) -- Ken Freeman, the executive director of the Resource Development Council, has been appointed Gov. Tony Knowles' special assistant for business and gas line development.
Freeman, 31, formerly worked as press secretary to the Republican majority in the Alaska Legislature.
Knowles, a Democrat, cited Freeman's experience in economic development issues and his strong working relationship with the business community.
One of Freeman's key responsibilities will be to track issues regarding the development of a gas pipeline from the North Slope, a project that has grown more likely as gas prices have increased.
Freeman succeeds Mike Abbott, who was recently promoted to serve as Knowles legislative director. He'll make about $75,000 a year.
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