Economic Development

Welcome to Bristol Bay Native Association’s Economic Development Program

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Bristol Bay CEDS

The Economic Development Program, staffed with one full time employee, supports economic development through the Bristol Bay Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning and implementation activities with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) planning grant. The program also plays an important networking and information-disseminating role among the Tribes, Bristol Bay entities, and government agencies. The Economic Development Program implements the Bristol Bay Regional Vision in regards to culturally appropriate and resilient economic development, capacity building, and promoting resilient communities in partnership with programs in the BBNA Program Development Department to implement the Bristol Bay Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the result of an ongoing planning process that studies local economic conditions, identifies problems and opportunities, sets goals and objectives, coordinates implementation activities, and evaluates accomplishments. A CEDS identifies community needs and provides development strategies that coordinate the different efforts to yield efficiencies. A CEDS facilitates a unified effort to create jobs, raise income levels, diversify the economy, and improve the quality of life while protecting the environment. It adopts a logical process for long-range development while actively working on short-range problem solutions.


Bristol Bay has seen some economic disruptions over the years, some causing great shifts to the way we live our lives. The Resiliency series helps local organizations prepare, withstand and adapt to changes in economic conditions. Being a resilient organization means being able to navigate disruptions without significant impacts to daily operations. But it also means using those moments of change to adapt processes and move forward for the better. Take a look at these recordings to learn how you can become more resilient.

Video Recording: “What does it mean to be Resilient?” Presentation by Brett Schwartz with NADO. October 27, 2021.

Audio Recording: “What does it mean to be Resilient?” Presentation by Brett Schwartz with NADO. October 27, 2021.

Powerpoint Presentation by Brett Schwartz with NADO

Bristol Bay Tourism

BBNA Economic Development Program has completed a Bristol Bay region-wide visitor’s guide. The goal of the project was to promote tourism opportunities and to advertise and support Bristol Bay regional businesses. If you would like a printed copy of this guide, please contact the Economic Development program at: (907) 842-5257 ext. 6223.

Click to download a copy of the Bristol Bay Visitor Guide.


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Alaska’s Economy

Feb. 1, 2019 State Spending Plan for FY2019, Legislative newsletter from Rep. Edgmon

Alaska has been facing uncertain times with the decline of oil prices.  If you are wondering how this will influence local economy, please click the link below for a breakdown of how low oil prices can affect jobs in your communities.

Research Matters No. 111: What Do We Know to Date about the Alaska Recession and the Fiscal Crunch? Click here to download the report.

How Does Alaska’s Spending Compare?  Click the link to find out:

 Small Business Assistance

Thinking about starting a small business?  Need information on start-up requirements, business or marketing plan development?  While BBNA does not provide direct grant funds or loans, the economic development program maintains a library of information that can help with business planning and start-ups.  Stop by the office or call for assistance.

Loan & Grant Programs through USDA & BBNA Economic Development

For more information, please contact the Economic Development Program:
Toll Free: 1-800-478-5257 ext. 6223
Local: 907-842-6223
Fax: 907-842-5978
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