Version 1.1, February 2019
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CEDS Stakeholder Organizations:
Native Village of Barrow
Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
North Slope Borough
City of Utqiagvik
Sponsored by the US Economic Development Administration Grant Award #07-84-07382
The Native Village of Barrow (NVB) Iñupiat Traditional Government is responsible for developing the region-wide Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Utqiagvik (Barrow). The CEDS is an actionable plan for creating opportunities for economic growth and for strengthening economic resilience through the collaboration of regional stakeholders.
The NVB Department of Economic Development, towards achieving this goal, formed a CEDS Advisory Committee comprised of the NVB, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC), City of Utqiagvik (City), Iḷisaġvik College, North Slope Borough (NSB) and a number of small business representatives.
Meetings were conducted between February 2018 and July 2018, with 60 participants to determine Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT meetings) at the offices of each major stakeholder. The SWOT and strategic advisory meetings included discussions on:
Economic Resilience, defined as "the ability of an economic region to prevent, withstand and quickly recover from major disruptions to its economic base", and
Vision, Goals and Objectives towards achieving those goals which leverage strengths and address areas of concern, while working towards the creation of new opportunities.