WHEREAS, craftsmanship and ingenuity is imbedded in the legacy of the Last Frontier and has helped shape our Great State into what it is today; and
WHEREAS, Alaska’s staggering size, natural beauty, vast resources, and strategic location are the envy of the nation. Our land, water, skies, and weather present unique challenges and opportunities for manufacturers; and
WHEREAS, Alaska’s manufacturing industry plays an essential role in the State’s economy. Alaska’s fish processors, timber companies, bakeries, furriers, and others support our in-state economy and produce exceptional products, offering Alaskans locally sourced options; and
WHEREAS, with increased consumer interest in purchasing locally created products, demand for Alaskan-Made items has increased. Higher demand can spur production expansion, consequently adding to Alaska’s economy and security. Buying locally made products keeps money circulating within our State; and
WHEREAS, it is essential to teach our youth the importance of self-sufficiency, adaptability, and emphasize the essential role manufacturing has in maintaining a strong economy; and
WHEREAS, Alaska’s manufacturers provide safe, healthy, high-quality products, offering Alaskans local options, and security for our State, which would otherwise be dependent on imported products; and
WHEREAS, Alaska manufacturers are modern day pioneers who provide locally created products necessary to ensure a sustainable future for current and future generations. Alaska is a state rich with resources; with continued education and dedication, generations of Alaskans will reap the benefit of their harvest.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 1, 2022 as:
Alaska Manufacturing Day
in Alaska, and encourage Alaskans to support local manufacturing by seeking out and purchasing products produced and grown in Alaska.