A Localized Economy

Establishing a robust and diversified regional economy is essential. The Sustainable Southeast Partnership (SSP) is invested in supporting place-based economies where locally-owned and operated businesses thrive, natural resources are used sustainably and our unique cultural resources are leveraged. We work together to ensure that more money, more expertise, and more business leadership remains in our rural villages. We also believe that economic opportunity exists in the integrated development of our communities. In responding to our energy demands with localized renewable projects we create jobs in a sustainable energy industry. In lowering our energy price, we also incentivize business start-ups to base in our rural communities. With addressing our food needs, we create opportunity for agricultural and cottage food enterprises.

Our region also has a rich portfolio of valuable natural assets that when developed responsibly, will support diverse, locally scaled industries for centuries.

Featured Work

Check out some of our ongoing economic development work across Southeast Alaska.

The Path to Prosperity Business Plan Competition

The Path to Prosperity Contest (P2P) supports creative entrepreneurs whose businesses offer solutions to Southeast Alaska’s economic, environmental and social challenges. The SSP network collaborates to identify entrepreneurs around the region and offers support to apply and compete in  The Path to Prosperity Contest…

Building A Local Workforce

Southeast Alaskans depend on the lands and waters for our economy, our nutrition, culture and health. We are surrounded by a vast landscape with great portions being actively managed for a diversity of needs. By building local capacity for careers in forestry, we can keep those jobs local and help support our community economies.

Recent Posts

Untapped Opportunity on the Tongass National Forest: Small Business on Public Lands

Written for Alaska's Capital City Weekly & Juneau Empire Public lands surround Southeast Alaskans. The 17 million acre Tongass National Forest is where residents go to hike, camp, fish, and gather food to nourish their families and wood to warm their homes. It’s...

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SEATOR: Southeast’s Shellfish Safety Squad Takes on Climate Change

Written and photographed by Bethany Goodrich for Alaska's Capital City Weekly Katlian Street in Sitka is a bustling cultural and fishing hub. Along this winding harbor-side road, tightly squeezed between fishing gear shops, processing plants, and docks crowded...

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