Haines Economic Development Corp. is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to realize economic development in Haines Borough through research, community engagement, and strategic planning.

The corporation was conceived in anticipation of primary funding from the Haines Borough, and is accountable to the Haines Borough and the HEDC board of directors for administration of funds. The HEDC is governed by its Board of Directors. The Haines Borough Assembly in September 2017 awarded HEDC funding for FY2018 from its Fund 23, which is collected as 1 percent of sales tax for Tourism and Economic Development. Future public funding relies on the organization’s accomplishment of first year goals as outlined in an MOU with Haines Borough, as well as community support for the work of HEDC. HEDC is organized under the IRS code 501c3, so its operations are limited to charitable or educational, but because it qualifies as publicly supported, and also because its initiatives lessens the burden of government, its work in economic development will be recognized as tax exempt by the IRS.

HEDC Guiding Documents

HEDC Bylaws (Revised, formally adopted and signed Feb. 23, 2018)

HEDC Articles of Incorporation (Ammended Feb. 23, 2018)

HEDC Memorandum of Understanding with the Haines Borough (FY19)

HEDC Meeting Minutes

Meeting agendas and materials are posted with our meeting notices on this site under Events and on the Haines Borough website. Meeting minutes are posted here after they have been approved by the board at the following meeting. You can also find links to documents under our Current Projects page. Looking for something specific? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at director@hainesedc.org and we’ll be happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

Minutes from Jan. 5, 2018

Minutes from Jan. 19, 2018

Minutes from Feb. 23, 2018

Minutes from April 4, 2018

Minutes from May 18, 2018

Minutes from June 8, 2018

Minutes from June 14, 2018

Minutes from June 19, 2018

Minutes from June 22, 2018

Minutes from July 13, 2018

Minutes from Aug. 3, 2018

Minutes from Aug. 24, 2018

Minutes from Sept. 21, 2018

Minutes from Nov. 5, 2018 – Annual Meeting

Minutes from Dec. 8, 2018

Minutes from Feb. 9, 2019

Board of Directors

  • Heather Shade – President
  • Greg Schlachter– Vice President
  • Jessica Edwards – Secretary
  • Chip Lende – Treasurer
  • Sue Chasen
  • Sean Gaffney
  • Haines Borough Mayor ex officio member
  • Haines Borough Planner – ex officio member


  • David Simmons – Interim Executive Director