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.
Government, business and non-profits collaborate on workforce development Second Forestry Training Academy on Prince of Wales Island is underway
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2017 (Thorne Bay, AK)--- This week on Prince of Wales Island, 13 students attending the second Forestry Training Academy are proof that collaboration can be more than just a buzzword. The Forestry Training Academy is two weeks of...read more
Written by Chandler O'Connell In Sitka, Alaska a favorite coffee shop among locals called the Backdoor Café did a little renovating this season. Alana Peterson, who is both the owner of the Backdoor Cafe and the program director of the Sustainable Southeast...read more
Are you a business or commercial building owner interested in saving money on your heating and electric bills? An energy audit will show you how energy is used in your facility and will recommend ways to reduce your use and save money. Southeast Conference,...read more