State of Alaska Archives: on Technology


Mead Treadwell: Made millions from high-tech camera on Google Street View

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell appears to land on top of the four major candidates for Senate when it comes to reported personal wealth. His assets ranged from $3.4 million to $7.7 million. Meanwhile, his debt ranges from $580,000 to $1.2 million.

Two of Treadwell's biggest assets are a rental property in Anchorage and his home in Anchorage, each valued between $500,000 and $1 million. Treadwell, who calls himself a high-tech entrepreneur and says he launched the company that introduced the camera used by Google Street View, also has a large stake in the stock market.

Treadwell reported earning $99,000 as the state's lieutenant governor in 2012. He also earned deferred income of about $45,000 from Venture Ad Astra, a company specializing in location and imaging technology he founded in Anchorage.

He reported having between $500,000 and $1 million in a Morgan Stanley money market account, as well as the same amount in a Wells Fargo savings account.

Source: Alaska Dispatch on 2014 Alaska Senate race Feb 25, 2014

Mead Treadwell: Entrepreneur for digital watermarks & Google Streetview

Prior to running for office, Mead Treadwell built a successful business career as a high technology entrepreneur who helped start companies that compete in today's global marketplace. One of them developed the digital watermarking system that helps protect world currencies and DVDs from counterfeiting. Another introduced the high tech camera that launched Google's Streetview, MapQuest's 360 View, and was used by our U.S. military's street level mapping programs in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website www.treadwellalaska2014.com Jun 6, 2013

Joe Miller: Not economic to move capital from Juneau, but ok to do so

On the fate of Juneau, the candidates were asked if they would publicly state their opinion about moving the capital of Alaska out of Southeast.

"The state government supports it and therefore I do," Miller replied. "Even if you were to evaluate it on purely economic grounds, the studies at least that I've reviewed suggest it would not be economic to move the capital."

McAdams chose slightly stronger words in his response. "Let me be clear: over my dead body," he said.

Miller said he "absolutely" supports the building of a road out of Juneau, but then turned the argument towards regulatory burdens, indicating that the federal government was the main roadblock to the project.

McAdams said that improving transportation in Southeast is imperative, and that funding needs to be secured for any projects that arise. "I'm a big marine highway transportation guy," he said.

Source: Capital City Weekly coverage of 2010 Alaska Senate debate Sep 22, 2010

Scott McAdams: Move capital from Juneau? Over my dead body!

On the fate of Juneau, the candidates were asked if they would publicly state their opinion about moving the capital of Alaska out of Southeast.

"The state government supports it and therefore I do," Miller replied. "Even if you were to evaluate it on purely economic grounds, the studies at least that I've reviewed suggest it would not be economic to move the capital."

McAdams chose slightly stronger words in his response. "Let me be clear: over my dead body," he said.

Miller said he "absolutely" supports the building of a road out of Juneau, but then turned the argument towards regulatory burdens, indicating that the federal government was the main roadblock to the project.

McAdams said that improving transportation in Southeast is imperative, and that funding needs to be secured for any projects that arise. "I'm a big marine highway transportation guy," he said.

Source: Capital City Weekly coverage of 2010 Alaska Senate debate Sep 22, 2010

Scott McAdams: Transcontinental Railroad was once a "Railroad to Nowhere"

[In the context of the "no earmarks" pledge from the Citizens Against Government Waste signed by Miller], McAdams said that arguing against projects--like the much maligned & lampooned "Bridge to Nowhere"--was arguing against the future of Alaska.

McAdams said that improving transportation in Southeast is imperative, and that funding needs to be secured for any projects that arise. McAdams said about Juneau, "Whatever we do, whether we get better Alaska Class ferries or whether we build a road, it's going to take federal support. These are non-constitutionally mandated appropriations that we're talking about."

Citing the "Bridge to Nowhere", McAdams said, "There was a time in this country when the Transcontinental Railroad was a railroad to nowhere, there was a time in this country when the Hoover Dam was a dam for no one," he said.

"The first order of business needs to be to connect Southeast Alaska through earmarks," he concluded.

Source: Capital City Weekly coverage of 2010 Alaska Senate debate Sep 22, 2010

Sean Parnell: $500M capital budget for 5-year infrastructure plan

In these tough economic times, I am pumping up Alaska's capital budget. Capital dollars fuel Alaska's economy. Our state dollars will leverage about $800 million in federal infrastructure funds for Alaska.

I have also proposed a five-year deferred maintenance plan to fix what we have got. We will invest $100 million per year for five years. Alaska's private-sector carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, HVAC contractors, and road crews, will have a dependable stream of work for years to come.

Source: Alaska 2010 State of the State Address Jan 20, 2010

Sarah Palin: Supports $130M in research investment in U. Alaska

Research is a huge part of how a University can help pay its own way. The University of Alaska is currently leveraging federal dollars for research to the tune of $1 in state funds for every $7 in federal funds. The $130 million received annually in research dollars is an investment in our students and our U of A system.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Sarah Palin: Efficient transportation system is vital to our economy

TRANSPORTATION: An efficient and functional transportation system is absolutely vital to our economy. Throughout history, strong transportation systems have been the cornerstone of economic growth and success throughout the world. It is equally important in Alaska, where so much of our state is remote and still not connected by roads. Transportation infrastructure is a basic necessity that Alaska must have to succeed and prosper. Improvement and expansion to our aging network of public facilities, roads, harbors, airports, and rail is required for any development, and gas line construction success. A highly functional, well-maintained, statewide transportation network of public facilities, roads, ferries, trains, and airports is required, to improve Alaska’s economy and the quality of life for ALL Alaskans.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Sarah Palin: Alaska needs a state funded highway program

It is time for Alaska to develop a state funded highway program like most states in America. This will be a challenge for us, but it is necessary to reduce our current near total dependency on federal aid and ensure basic needs and maintenance are addressed.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

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