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Juneau: USDA program boosts tech, oysters, beer

Posted: December 23, 2011 - 12:07am



Over the last three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested more than $153 million in at least 25 Southeast Alaska economic development projects.

Far from being one large lump of cash, the department and its agencies have distributed strategic sums to public-private projects as varied as a $2.75 million technical center in Ketchikan, a nearly half-million dollar biomass energy system at Alaska Brewing Co. in Juneau and $99,000 worth of oyster farmer training at OceansAlaska’s new $1 million mariculture research, training and development center in George Inlet.

Originally intended as a marine aquarium and tourist attraction, OceansAlaska’s goal changed...

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