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 email@example.com with your feedback or contact any of our board members.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Susan Bell and Jim Calvin used this PowerPoint presentation as part of the meeting.