Current Projects

Wood Chipper analysis

HEDC is collecting public comments on the Wood Chipper analysis (below) through June 26th. Comments will be attached as an appendix to the report. Please email your comments to director@hainesedc.org. Only comments emailed, or mail to HEDC, PO Box 1734, will be included. Comments left on our website or on Facebook will not be included.

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The Haines Economic Development Corp. board of directors directed HEDC staff to conduct an analysis that addressed the question, “Is the purchase of a wood chipper through a USDA Grant by the Haines Borough a viable investment for contributing to the community’s economic development goals?”

The analysis examines that question in depth and provides a basis for this recommendation, which was supported by the HEDC board of directors by unanimous vote at its June 7, 2019 board meeting:

The Haines Economic Development Corp. recommends the Haines Borough proceed with purchasing the chipper to support the development of small and emerging private business enterprise in our community.

We hope this analysis assists the community, Haines Borough staff and assembly with its discussions and decisions regarding the grant for a wood chipper and the biomass project moving forward.

Download complete Wood Chipper analysis here

Attachment 1: Chipper specifications from Vermeer
Attachment 2: Haines Borough Final Biomass District Energy Design Package from Wisewood Energy

Projects and Progress

As we do each quarter, HEDC gave an update to the Haines Borough Assembly in March on our recent work. You can read the update below.

March 18, 2019

Dear Haines Borough Assembly members,

We’re excited to present you with highlights of our ongoing work and recent accomplishments toward economic development in Haines. Since completing the Five-Year Economic Plan in November, we’ve focused our efforts on accomplishing key actions listed under the first three of four objectives outlined in the plan: Increasing community economic development awareness and engagement; strengthening economic foundations; and enhancing the local business climate and stimulating economic activity. Here are some highlights:

  • We’re partnering with the Alaska Small Business Development Center to offer more workshops, advising and other resources to Haines entrepreneurs and business owners;
  • We’re partnering with the Greater Haines Chamber of Commerce and with a matching grant from the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation to continue the “By Haines” campaign;
  • We’re working with the Haines Borough to research the economic effects of the biomass project and undertaking an analysis of the borough’s critical infrastructure;

and much more. We have outlined our work since the beginning of the fiscal year in detail on the attachments. You can see what specific objective they relate to in the Haines Economic Five-Year Plan. Each of these objectives also align with specific actions for economic development in the Haines Borough Comprehensive Plan.

You can find more updates about our projects and work on our website at www.hainesedc.org, on our Facebook page, by calling our office at 766-3130 or stopping by our 2nd Ave. office.

Thank you for your interest in our work and joining us as we continue to work toward a robust economy in Haines with inclusiveness, sustainability, collaboration and leadership.

See below for a recap of our projects and progress for fiscal year 2019 so far or download the Plan Outcomes matrix for more details on each action to date.

Haines 5-Year Economic Development Plan – Draft

Attached is the 5-Year Economic Development Plan that the Haines Economic Development Corp. has been working on for the past several years. Please read the introduction to the plan to understand the process used and how public input was integral to this plan.

This is the draft plan – we would like your input on this draft before it is finalized. We will host a public meeting and discussion on the plan for mid-October where your participation and feedback is encouraged. You can email us at director@hainesedc.org with your feedback or contact any of our board members.

 

Final Baseline Data Report published

The Haines Economic Development Corporation board of directors on Aug. 3, 2018 voted unanimously to publish this final draft of the Haines Economic Baseline Report, dated June 2018.

The baseline data report serves a foundation document for development of HEDC’s and the community’s Five-year Economic Development Strategy (expected to be completed by the end of August 2018.)

Please refer to pages 1-4 of the report for important points to remember when reading and using this report. This section is especially important for understanding the scope of work and methods used in compiling the report as well as additional data needs the report identifies. HEDC may compile expanded data in some areas; that additional information will be added to the report as appendixes over time and posted here.

Hard copies of the report are available at the Haines Borough Public Library, the Haines Borough Administration Office and the HEDC office or by emailing director@hainesedc.org.

Thanks to McDowell Group for their extensive and collaborative work on this report. Thanks also to those who provided guidance and input on the development of this report, especially Haines residents who took part in the telephone and online Household Survey Report.

Scoping of Economic Impact of UA Timber Sale

HEDC released its “Scoping of Economic Impact to the Community of Haines from the University of Alaska’s Proposed 10-Year Timber Sale” on April 23 (download it here.)
This document is not an actual economic analysis – this is scoping of what a comprehensive analysis may include or look like given time and resources to complete it. HEDC believes a complete analysis could be an important planning tool if the timber sale were to go forward.

Opportunity Zones Program

UPDATE: April 20, 2018 – The State of Alaska has formally designated 25 Opportunity Zones, with the Haines Borough being one of them, as part of a federal program designed to drive long-term capital to distressed communities. Read more in this announcement from the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. 

 

The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development is solicited input regarding the designation of Opportunity Zones in Alaska (read more at this link). Created as part of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the Opportunity Zones Program is designed to drive long-term capital to distressed communities by providing tax benefits on investments. HEDC and the Haines Borough worked together and each submitted input on this program. Read HEDC’s submission here.