Community-driven Economic Planning: The Kake Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The community of Kake is the only rural Southeast Alaskan community of its size that creates their own Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). CEDS draws on input from a full diversity of community partners including local businesses, the City, the Organized Village of Kake, Kake Tribal Corporation, the Kake City School District, SEARHC and interested residents. The CEDS process is open to the input of everyone in the community. The plan is written with the assistance of Michael Hibbard and Robert Adkins from the Institute for Policy Research and Innovation of the University of Oregon. The resulting strategy dove-tails with the region’s Southeast Economic Development Plan — a strategy facilitated by Southeast Conference, the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
The CEDS process and the resulting document is used to identify and prioritize projects that expand economic choices for the people and community of Kake, or Keex’ Kwaan, while maintaining and strengthening community health and Tlingit identity.
An example of the Kake’s CEDS process in action is the stabilization and restoration of the community’s cannery. The latest version of the CEDS prioritized the development of a small-scale, authentic tourism industry in Kake. The restoration of this historical cannery is a step towards that community goal. A grant provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs is making this work possible and currently, crews are working to stabilize and restore the building while utilizing local resources. Local businesses, artists, restaurants, and community spaces will occupy the cannery upon its completion.
Highlights and Findings from the 2015 Leadership Summit
Most recently, the community met on May 6th, 2015 to start drafting an updated strategy. Participants brainstormed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing Kake. The meeting was a great success.
Partners worked together to create a highlights document that compiled and illustrates participant’s responses. Check out that document below.
Over the summer the CEDS Committee will use the SWOT information collected during the Leadership Summit to draft the fourth edition of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. All CEDS Committee meetings are open to the public, and community input is welcome and encouraged.
For more information or to find out how to get invovled contact Adam Davis, CEDS Committee Chair, at adamd[at]kakefirstnation.org or 907.785.6471.