The mission of the Sitka Economic Development Association (SEDA) is to:
- Foster a business climate that is receptive and conducive to existing and new business;
- Help promote the creation of family wage jobs; and
- Enhance the quality of life for Sitkans.
In 2013, SEDA celebrates its 16th anniversary. SEDA was established on January 23, 1997 by a committee of the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce that developed a vision for steering Sitka's economy in a positive direction after the closure of Alaska Pulp Corporation mill site in 1993. The committee realized that Sitkans would have to take it upon themselves to turn adversity into opportunities and pursue those opportunities to keep the economy diversified and healthy. Along with this realization was the recognition of the need for an organized and cohesive economic development program. Thus, the committee evolved into a non-profit organization, the Sitka Economic Development Association, with a nine member Board of Directors and a permanent office with an Executive Director and a part time Administrative Assistant.
DOWNLOAD SEDA's Strategic Plan as adopted on April 1, 2010 and approved as updated on March 7, 2013 (PDF, 400kb)
CLICK HERE to view a partial list of SEDA's recent activities and projects.
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