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The inside of an unmanned aerial vehicle owned by John Parker of Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems can hold a battery that allows the UAV to be flown. Radars and other sensors can also be mounted to the UAV to gather data while its being flown, Parker explained On Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at the business on Main Street Loop in Kenai, Alaska.

Trends 2016: Tech takes off: Opportunity abounds in UAV field

A Kenai-based business owner has tapped into the unmanned aircraft and sensor industry beginning to grow in Alaska, and says there is room on the peninsula for more like him in the future. John Parker founded of Integrated Robotics Imaging Systems Ltd.


Trends 2016: Mobile food vendors change culinary landscape

Amid the larger sectors of the Kenai Peninsula's economy, the standalone coffee carts and flexible food trucks that litter the peninsula have a role to play in the overall economic health of the area.

Kenai Airport land policy irks some locals

Much of what is now central Kenai was a military airfield during the 1940s and '50s.

Trends 2016: Borough moves cautiously on budget

Much is up in the air for the Kenai Peninsula Borough's budget for the coming year as it continues with its budget process. The borough administration plans to present a complete budget to the borough assembly in April.

Trends 2016: Strong sockeye for Upper Cook Inlet, weaker run for Lower Cook Inlet

The Upper Cook Inlet commercial fishing industry will see a spike in sockeye salmon harvest this year, if the Alaska Department of Fish & Game's forecast holds true. Fish & Game forecast a total of 7.

Trends 2016: Peninsula housing more affordable than most of state

Although the outright price for homes is cheaper in Fairbanks, buying a home may be more affordable overall in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Trends 2016: Despite state downturn, peninsula economy looks to stay steady

Though the economy looks grim elsewhere in the state, the Kenai Peninsula's diverse economy has somewhat shielded local employment.

Trends 2016: Central Peninsula Hospital continues expansion

Over the past six months, Central Peninsula Hospital has made several moves to expand and modernize its facilities and services.

Trends 2016: Cook Inlet producers continue with scheduled plans

Though oil and gas construction spending around the state is predicted to drop, Cook Inlet is somewhat shielded by smaller producers' investments.

Trends 2016: Kenai Peninsula tourism outpaces state

2015 was a record year for the Kenai Peninsula's tourism industry, which may well prove to be a boon for local economies hard hit by financial strains trickling down from the state now or in the near future.
Kelly Sullivan

Trends 2016: Peninsula small businesses find their niches

While the state is working on cuts to its budget, small businesses on the Kenai Peninsula should not face similar struggles, depending on the niche they plan to serve.

Trends 2016: Local farmers develop markets for their products

Growing in a green industry means Kenai Peninsula farmers have had to plow their own way. Producers are tasked with developing new market places, and finding consumers for their crops, which takes some creativity.
Kelly Sullivan

Trends 2016: Kenai Peninsula agriculture fastest growing in state

The Kenai Peninsula has one of the fastest growing agricultural industries in the state. Whether measuring expansion through rising direct to consumer sales, acreage acquirements or crop variety, local farmers are making major strides in...
Kelly Sullivan

Trends 2016: Kenai's sales growing after 2009 decline, lead by retail

Trends in Kenai's gross sales and property taxes recorded by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District (KPEDD) show that since 2008 the city of Kenai has been moving toward a trade-centered economy.

Trends 2016: Peninsula cities promote, support tourism industry

While officials from the Kenai Peninsula's five cities would not label tourism as critical to local economies, they say it is a healthy supplement.
Kelly Sullivan

Trends 2016: Diverse business community a boon for Soldotna

The City of Soldotna is in a good position to weather the impacts of budget cuts at the state level while supporting its current economy, according to city officials.

Upper Cook Inlet sockeye harvest forecasted to beat 2014

If everything goes as forecast, Upper Cook Inlet fishermen should see a total run of 5.8 million sockeye during the 2015 fishing season. Of those, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates that about 2.
Rashah McChesney

Faced with uncertainty, fishing guides innovate

It's not something they like to talk about, but the Fenton brothers figured out a new way to fish for sockeye salmon on the Kenai River in recent years.
Rashah McChesney

ADFG opens experimental pollock fishery in Cook Inlet

Despite more than thirty years of fishing around Alaska, Kasilof fisherman Rob Nelson had never let out a net hoping to catch pollock before December.
Molly Dischner

Mobile payment programs expand businesses

Kenai businesses are modernizing, slowly but surely. After ordering a morning coffee, customers are passed miniature mobile devices through coffee-cart windows, and with a few screen taps, the financial transaction is complete.
Kelly Sullivan

Licensing burden eased with online filing

How easy is starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula in 2015? Due to improving technology and more resources to assist prospective business owners, it's never been easier according to many around the community.

Lea's Boutique expands by fitting in

One business on the Kenai Peninsula has filled a gap in the market, and it's a perfect fit.


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