USDA Investment Strategy for Creating Jobs and Healthy Communities in SE Alaska

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The USDA’s Forest Service, Rural Development, and Farm Service Agency, along with the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Economic Development Administration, are working to help communities move to a more diversified economy by supporting job creation in renewable energy, forest restoration, timber, tourism, subsistence, fisheries, and mariculture.

The partnership recently released a report that lists job creation initiatives for Southeast Alaska. The initiatives are categorized in four economic sectors: ocean products, forest products, visitor products and renewable energy. The report was developed by four economic cluster working groups made up of Southeast Alaska leaders in business, academia, nongovernmental organizations and State, local and Tribal governments. The process brings business leaders together with government and others to collaborate rather than compete; providing a platform where ideas to create economic opportunities can emerge.

Based in part on this report, the implementation team is developing a recommendation for funding economic initiatives that may cross agency boundaries and are: aligned with current actions by USDA agencies; have a high likelihood for success; and are readily achievable. See below for more details about this exciting initiative.


  • promote small business creation, expansion and retention;
  • improve access to capital;
  • create quality jobs and sustainable economic growth;
  • promote job training and educational opportunities; and
  • maximize a forest restoration economy and by-product use.

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