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Workshop Invites Residents to Help HEDC Chart Economic Development Directions

Updated: Nov 9, 2022

The public is invited to a community workshop to help chart economic development directions for the next five years.

Goals of the workshop include evaluating which parts of Haines’ existing Economic Development Plan 2018 - 2022 are still relevant or not, progress toward the stated objectives, and identifying changes over the past five years that may necessitate some new directions for the future.

This free event is the only opportunity for public comment during the streamlined update process. The workshop, hosted by Haines Economic Development Corp., is scheduled to be held Saturday, Nov. 12, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Haines Public Library. The new plan is expected to be published early next year.

HEDC Executive Director Lee Hart said the plan serves as the organization’s guiding document, driving grant-seeking to fund projects that can make progress toward the community’s economic development priorities.

The board and staff of HEDC are counting on the public to weigh in, Hart said. “We hope a broad range of ages and interests, civic and social leadership are represented at the workshop. This is the community’s economic vision and it will be strengthened by reflecting the diverse perspectives that make Haines so vibrant.”

HEDC has contracted with McKinley Research, formerly known as McDowell Group, to facilitate and produce the updated economic plan. In addition to the in-person meeting at the library, a Zoom link is available to those who cannot attend in person.

Note: Due to workshop structure, Zoom participants will not enjoy as much ability to interact as in-person attendees.

Haines Economic Development Corp. is a grant-supported non-profit with a mission to realize economic development in Haines Borough through research, community engagement, and strategic planning.​



Revisit HEDC’s 2018 five-year economic development plan and status, identify vision for the next five years, and develop HEDC objectives for success moving forward. Outcome: We will have the community-driven building blocks to craft a high-level strategic plan for the next five years.

12:30 Doors Open

12:45-1:15 PM: Welcome, Objectives and Baseline Info

Welcome, Darsie Culbeck, HEDC Co-Chair

Introductions, Lee Hart, HEDC Executive Director

Reflections on the Current 5-Year Plan, Lee Hart

Data: 2022 Indicators Report, Rebecca Braun, McKinley Research

1:15 Community Workshop

Grounding and SWOT Review

1:45 - 2:00 Break

2:00-3:15 pm: Vision and Brainstorming

Warm-up activity

Vision: In the next five years, building a vision for Haines as the best place to live, work and play

  • What needs to happen to get there? How can HEDC help advance the work

3:30-4:30pm: Prioritization

Priorities: Strategic plan priorities matrix

Partners: Who can help HEDC and Haines succeed

Timing: Five-year horizon

Check out: Takeaways

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