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 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
The 2017 Path to Prosperity (P2P) sustainable business competition aims to identify and support innovative Southeast Alaska food businesses. Supporting local food businesses reduces Southeast Alaska’s dependence on imports, strengthens community resiliency, and...read more
Written by Shaina Kilcoyne, Renewable Energy Alaska Project On a warm, bluebird day in April, Southeast Island School District and the Sustainable Southeast Partnership led a 25 person tour to Coffman Cove, Thorne Bay and Kasaan on Prince of Wales Island to see their...read more