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 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 where...read more
We're hiring! The SSP is making a downpayment on the future of our region and our network by hiring a Regional Catalyst for Sustainability. This is an exciting and challenging role that has the potential to make a significant impact. Do you know any outstanding...read more
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 with...read more