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.
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.
Written by Katie Gannon, Spruce Root Click to meet Anthem Seafoods and learn about Spruce Root and their loan program. Amid the coastal mountains, immense glaciers, and lush rainforests of Alaska’s Icy Strait sits the Tlingit village of Hoonah nestled on the coast of...read more
Written by Katie Gannon, Spruce Root Community Development On a bright sunny day, the former mayor of Yakutat, Ralph Wolfe stands waist deep in the ocean wearing bright orange hip waders and filleting salmon. Yakutat is a Tlingit community with strong cultural and...read more
Raven Steals the Light Bulb– Art by James Crawford By Clay Good for Renewable Energy Alaska Project and Sustainable Southeast Project It’s foggy and raining in Klawock when folks start trickling in on flights from around the state. When it...read more