Who We Are
Haa Aaní Economic Development is dedicated to helping our communities become economically resilient across Southeast Alaska. Haa Aaní Economic Development’s primary strategic goal is to bring measured, village financial, social, and cost of living improvements that are catalyzed by Haa Aaní projects.
What We Do
Our primary goals are to:
- Identify sustainable business models within the region
- Identify economic development opportunities from ANCSA land
- Build collaborative networks with tribal, public, and private partners
- Develop annual metrics to measure impact in our communities
- Play a leading role in public policy that reduce impediments to economic development
How We Do It
HAED has a provides an innovative, collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to sustainable economies across its region, specifically in rural communities.
We believe sustainability is driven from within the communities, and approach economic development in two ways:
- Community engagement, working as a catalyst to foster individual investment in economic enterprises
- Specific investment in opportunities that expand local and regional economies
Why We Do It
According to the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development economic data, 19 out of 32 rural communities in the Southeast Alaska have experienced negative growth in industry jobs between 2003 and 2013. During this time, there has been a reduction of over 750 workers (or 1 in 4 jobs lost) in these hard hit rural communities and current unemployment rates average almost 11 percent, more than twice the average unemployment rate for urban areas of Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan. Nearly half of all jobs in these communities are tax dollars jobs (e.g. State Government, Local Government, Healthcare/Education) and not new dollar jobs and given the State Fiscal Gap, private investment in our communities is a critical piece of sustainability.
Even more telling is that only 62 percent of the rural jobs are year-round whereas nearly three out of four jobs in urban areas are year-round. These are some of the drivers that compel Haa Aaní and Sealaska to focus its time and resources on promoting sustainable rural economic development and capacity building in our region.
Our team is committed to continue pushing forward initiatives designed to achieve job-by-job economic growth and investment alongside our key partners.