Sitka Economic Development Association Mission:
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.
SEDA STRONGLY BELIEVES IN THE RETENTION AND EXPANSION OF EXISTING BUSINESSES IN SITKA. OUR GOAL IS TO STRENGTHEN AND ENHANCE SITKA'S IMAGE AS A CHARMING, HISTORIC CITY THAT is SUPPORTIVE of business and industry.
SEDA'S ROLE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCLUDES:
Research and analysis of potential problems and opportunities to assist the community with long-term planning
Facilitating and networking with community members, industry professionals and policy makers
Evaluating and understanding the communities infrastructure needs and assets
Advocating and promotion of issues that affect Sitka's economy and quality of life
Informing and educating on economics and community development topics
Creating living wage employment opportunities.
Increasing private investment.
Maintaining a high quality of life for Sitka residents.
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SEDA's on-going activities include:
Managing the Gary Paxton Industrial Park (GPIP), including promoting construction of a deep water dock (completed in 2018)
Support for local industry sectors
Brokering innovation driven development
Marketing and management of Sitka fresh water assets
Support and research into the development off housing affordable for the local workforce
Advocating for stable, reliant and affordable transportation in and out of Sitka
Collaboration with regional economic development groups
Supporting development and maintenance of the foundational elements that support economic activity: reliable energy resources, housing affordable for the local workforce, marine infrastructure that supports Sitka's commercial fishing industry, transportation infrastructure (airport, marine highway, roads, and harbors), broadband communications, vital healthcare services, access to education, etc...