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Suggested TOURISM Goal

Promote collaboration and coordination to increase access to locally owned resources, businesses, and cultural awareness for the tourism industry.

Project Description: The project will be to address derelict buildings and dangerous properties along the board walk by tearing down (if necessary) and cleaning up unsafe structures and properties. Converting a historical theater located in the middle of the board walk into a Chignik Historical Information Center, where the locals can work to preserve their culture and history. Promote as a destination in the community to attract visitors to our beautiful and historically rich community. Use the center to display local arts and crafts for sale to boost tourism revenue and opportunity. The goal being to preserve protect and promote local culture.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

This is a 3-phase plan to be addressed individually or in conjunction with other phases:

  1. Acquisition of property for community use and/or permission from property owners.
  2. Revitalization of boardwalk- Repair, replace, clean up. Promote.
  3. Upgrade theater to convert into Historical Culture Center/Museum and promote as a must-see destination in the region.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • City of Chignik, Chignik Bay Tribal Council, Farwest Ventures Inc., Trident Seafoods, Property Owners
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: Unknown
  • Timeline:
  • Funding Partners:

Evaluation Measures:

  • Acquisition of property
  • Boardwalk revitalized
  • Theater revitalized
  • Increased revenue to the City of Chignik
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Dannica Anderson
  • Title: Deputy Clerk
  • Organization: City of Chignik

Project: Develop a comprehensive list of tourist attractions in Bristol Bay for the purpose of creating a regional marketing campaign.

It is no secret Bristol Bay is one of the most pristine and beautiful places on the planet. The secret of Bristol Bay lies in its remote locations and hard to access destinations. Bristol Bay is disconnected from the road system making travel into the area an intimidating task. Currently, there are many lodges and camps in region that serve as a getaway but there is no way to consider all destination options in one spot. Bristol Bay needs a one-stop-shop, user friendly resource that can consolidate and connect all the wonderful tourist opportunities Bristol Bay has to offer.

Project Description: Tourist destinations around the world spend millions of dollars trying to attract outside revenue to their regions. In order to do so they have a comprehensive list of services provided in their areas. Bristol Bay has just as many opportunities to increase tourism based revenue but has not established a system to properly inventory and asses what is particularly special about the region. Taking the time to develop an inventory can streamline marketing efforts to ensure Bristol Bay captures the most revenue from potential visitors.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Identify partners in Bristol Bay tourist attractions.
  2. Establish a list of tour based attractions.
  3. Identify Bristol Bay’s niche(s) in tourism.
  4. Create and update a Bristol Bay regional visitor attraction data base.
  5. Identify funding for marketing Bristol Bay as a tourist destination through grant monies and solicitation of add space from area partners and businesses.
  6. Develop a marketing strategy based on niche markets to bring customers to the region.
  7. Attend events that develop, promote, and enhance tourism opportunities to Bristol Bay.

People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:

Bristol Bay Borough, Dillingham Census Area communities, Lake and Peninsula Borough, regional airports and air carriers, Bristol Bay’s Tribes and Corporations, regional lodging facilities, gift shops, information centers, Bristol Bay Alaska Tourism, Alaska Travel Industry Association, Alaska Public Lands Information Center, Public Land Agencies, Convention and Visitors Boroughs, Chambers of Commerce, Alaska Wilderness Recreation & Tourism Association

Evaluation Measures:

  • 10 jobs are created.
  • Regional tour based revenue increases by $250,000.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Kristina D. Andrew
  • Title: Economic Development Coordinator
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Native Association

Project: Increase Tourism in the Bristol Bay Borough through Development of Visitor Infrastructure in King Salmon, Alaska.

Project Description: King Salmon, Alaska has all the potential for a robust tourism based economy. To complement its public lands, rich fishing, and cultural heritage. The community has an excellent airport as well as superb dining and lodging options. However, its visitor infrastructure needs to be updated and expanded. An infrastructure investment could create opportunities for the community of King Salmon and surrounding communities to take advantage of Southwest Alaska’s growing tourism industry, attract and encourage visitors to fully explore the community, of King Salmon and its surrounding public lands, culture, and tribal heritage. This infrastructure will significantly contribute to economic diversity, sustainability, and long-term resiliency.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Bring federal, regional, municipal, and local partners together to continue planning efforts to develop a visitor infrastructure project in King Salmon.
  2. Bring regional, local, and tribal stakeholders together to support efforts to develop a visitor infrastructure project in King Salmon.
  3. Examine need and potential use of a new structure for an interagency visitor center in King Salmon that includes interpretive exhibits that demonstrate the cultural, natural, geological, watershed resources, and industrial heritage of Bristol Bay.
  4. Examine need potential use for an interagency education and experience campus that include an interpretive river walk along the Naknek River adjacent to the lands identified for development.
  5. Define opportunities for local small businesses to provide experiences, merchandise, and services to visitors.
  6. Secure project funding through grants, foundations, and appropriations.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • The Bristol Bay Borough Chamber, King Salmon Visitor Center, The Bristol Bay Borough, local, municipal, state, and federal entities
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: unknown
  • Timeline: 5-year timeline – 2021 -2026
  • Funding Partners:

Evaluation Measures:

  • 25% increase in the number of visitors to the surrounding area over a five-year period.
  • Improved visitor experience.
  • Increase visitor understanding of local tribes, culture, industry, values, and heritage.
  • Increase in access to visitor experiences, local merchandise, and services.
  • Increase in local jobs that support research cultural resources, production of art, development of experience tours, and delivery of supporting services.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: LaRece Egli
  • Title: Secretary
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Borough Chamber of Commerce

Project: Construct a new Boat House facility to expand the exhibition space of the Bristol Bay Historical Society Museum.

Project Description: The Bristol Bay Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history, culture, and values of Bristol Bay. The Bristol Bay Historical Society currently owns and operates a museum facility located in the historic A.R. Davey Mercantile Building in Naknek, AK. This museum space is utilized to host exhibits and education programs that demonstrate the diversity, traditions, resources and industries of the Bristol Bay region. Exhibits and programs offered in this space encourage cultural exchange by fostering collaboration among elders, youth, artists, scholars, and tradesmen. The current exhibition space available in the historic building is however limited and the surrounding property needs to be developed to include a warehouse facility large enough to house the societies extensive historic wooden boat collection. This unique collection is composed of several vessels that demonstrate the transition from sailboats to gas powered salmon fishing boats. This infrastructure expansion will significantly contribute the Bristol Bay Historical Societies ability to maintain, manage, protect, conserve, and showcase the maritime cultural resources of the bay.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Establish a site development plan
  2. Secure collections management support to justify need of facility to potential funding agencies
  3. Explore grant and foundation funding opportunities to support re-construction of the reclaimed Diamond “O” warehouse on museum grounds
  4. Secure a preliminary project planning grant, and project sustainability plan
  5. Develop collections management plan and preliminary exhibit map
  6. Secure construction grant
  7. Assemble building, install signage, and implement all necessary conservation measures needed to maintain the collection
  8. Organize transportation and move the wooden boat collection out of storage and into the warehouse gallery space
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • The Bristol Bay Historical Society has a five-member Board of Directors, one seasonal staff member and recently posted a position to hire a Museum Administrator. This new administrator will oversee all operations, conduct day to day business, maintain collaborations with partners, write grants and interface with bookkeeping personnel.
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $480,000
  • Timeline: 5-year timeline — 2021-2026

Funding Partners: The Bristol Bay Historical Society is currently organized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is supported by its membership and donations from regional organizations, and sponsorship provided by local seafood processors. The nonprofit has had continued growth in membership, donation support, and visitor engagement since efforts were made in 2012 to reinvigorate the organization. The museum is open seasonally from May until October and develops new exhibitions annually to increase public engagement. The museum also has had a growing presence in hosting annual community events including “Fishtival” that has led to significant public support for the museum.

Funding partners may include Museums Alaska, Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative, Alaska Humanities Forum, Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation, Alaska Peninsula Corporation, Katmai Conservancy, Rasmuson Foundation, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Wells Fargo, Bristol Bay Native Association, National Park Service, local tribes, and other private foundations. Notable donors that have supported museum activities are too many to mention but larger sponsors include the Bristol Bay Borough, Naknek Native Village Council, local businesses, and the seafood processing industry of Bristol Bay.

Evaluation Measures:

  • 25% increase in membership and donation revenue over a five-year period.
  • Increase in visitor understanding of industrial heritage, local fisheries, tribes, and culture.
  • Increase in access to visitor experiences, local interpretive capacity, and local merchandise.
  • Increase in local jobs that support visitor services, cultural resource management, historic construction, and interpretive exhibit development.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Fred Anderson
  • Title: President
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Historical Society

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