Economic Development

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

KANA US Economic Development Administration Native Planning Grant

KANA is a recipient of a US Economic Development Administration (EDA) Native Planning Grant. Within KANA’s organizational structure, KANA's EDA Program is part of the Community Services Department. The Economic Development Coordinator works in collaboration with local City, Borough, public and private sectors, as well as village entities that will goal of improving the economic status of Kodiak Island’s rural villages. The Regional Community Plan document will be the framework in which we can advocate and provide technical assistance to Kodiak’s Alutiiq communities to ensure a strong economic future for generations to come. It was agreed upon from the participants of our regional CEDS planning meeting that this document will be named the Kodiak Archipelago Rural Regional Community Plan. This plan highlights each of the six village communities, giving insight into the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, as well their economic visions and goals.

Goal

To promote and protect the economic and social well being of the Native community through the creation and retention of long-term private sector jobs. 

FY-18 Scope of Work

1. Community and Regional Development Planning:

a. Work in collaboration with local city and borough officials, public and private sector representatives, tribal governments and corporations, all comprising the Economic Strategy Committee and Village work groups, to provide the annual update to the Kodiak Rural Regional CEDS 2015-2020.

b. Prepare an application package for an Economic Development Administration “Economic Adjustment Assistance” grant to develop strategy and planning in the Kodiak region to improve the supply chain and increase access to capital, with particular focus on small and emerging businesses and industries.

2. Economic Development Partnerships:

a. Increase scope of Economic Development Partnerships: extend networking efforts to targeted organizations such as the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation; Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association (Alaska Ocean Cluster Initiative/Blue Economy); the Alaska Tribal Transportation Work Group (ATTWG) – Tribal Transportation Program; the University Of Alaska Center for Economic Development.

b. Economic Development Project Manager will continue to strengthen Economic Development Partnerships with: KANA’s Employment, Training, and Support Services (ETSS) Department; the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC); the Kodiak Area Leadership Institute (KALI)/Kodiak Rural Leadership Forum; Kodiak Harvest Food Cooperative (KHFC)

3. Training and Workshops:

a. Co-sponsor two workshops on small business development for entrepreneurs and business owners with organizations like the Small Business Administration, the Minority Business Development Agency, or Kodiak College.

4. Support planning activities toward capital projects or other projects and improvement plans

a. Support mariculture industry growth by drafting a ‘how-to’ guide for mariculture farmers to enter the industry. Specific focus will be geared towards small village community industry participation.

b. Support local food economy cluster by working with village-based farms, and a hydroponic vegetable farm on business plan development.

c. Support development of capital projects in the Kodiak region, with particular focus on village community energy infrastructure.

To view the report, click here (right click to download):  Kodiak Rural Regional CEDS—2015–2020, 2018