Barrow Area-Wide
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 
CEDS 2018-2023

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

Iḷisaġvik College


Sponsored by the US Economic Development Administration Grant Award #07-84-07382


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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.

T
he SWOT analysis was weighed against the highest risks to the economic base. The resulting Action Plan represents the strategic priorities for the region, and includes the following Goals and Objectives (follow links for details):

GOAL 1: FOSTER A DIVERSITY OF SAFE & AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Objective 1.1: Create Barrow Housing Master Plan

Objective 1.2: Create New Low and Very-Low Income Housing

Objective 1.3: Create Homeless Shelter

Objective 1.4: Create Family Homes and Apartments for Skilled Workers

Objective 1.5: What does a Modern Alaskan Home in the High Arctic Look Like?

GOAL 2: CREATE NEW ROADS AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION METHODS

Objective 2.1: Shareholder Lot Roads Phase 2-5

Objective 2.2: Complete the Uivaqsaagiak Road (BARC Road)

Objective 2.3: Research and Develop New Methods for Building Arctic Roads

Objective 2.4: Barrow Walkway and Sidewalks Project

Objective 2.5: Planning a Permanent Road to Atqasuk

GOAL 3: PROMOTE AND EXPLORE NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Objective 3.1: Barrow Economic Development Corporation

Objective 3.2: Repository of Business Opportunities

Concept 3.2.1: Barrow Shopping Mall

Concept 3.2.2: Movie Theater

Concept 3.2.3: Cozy Coffee Shop

Concept 3.2.4: Conference Center

Concept 3.2.5: Nice Restaurant, Pizza and/or Burger Place

Concept 3.2.6: Recycling Station

Concept 3.2.7: Hydroponic Farm Business

Concept 3.2.8: Indoor Activity Grounds for Kids

Concept 3.2.9: Child Care and Day Care Centers

Concept 3.2.10: Substance Abuse Center and Jail

Concept 3.2.11: Develop Business of Local Grocery Store in Barrow

Concept 3.2.12: Purchase Mixed use Commercial Space in Barrow

GOAL 4: EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR SUBSISTENCE AND INDUSTRY

Objective 4.1: Build New Campus for Iḷisaġvik College

Objective 4.2: Reindeer Herding Revitalization Project

GOAL 5: GROW THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IN BARROW

Objective 5.1: Visit Barrow: Eco-Tourism Center

GOAL 6: ARCTIC MARITIME LOGISTICS STUDY

Objective 6.1: Planning for The Barrow Deep Sea Port

GOAL 7: INVEST IN ALTERNATIVE FUELS AND ENERGY

Objective 7.1: Investments in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)

Objective 7.2: Wind and Solar Feasibility Projects

GOAL 8: BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS

Objective 8.1: Microwave Internet Backhaul Network

Objective 8.2: Barrow Datacenter: "US Arctic Data Fortress"


The overall goal of this Barrow Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is to respect our rich culture and traditions and act on opportunities for economic development to create new revenue streams, grow a diverse workforce and improve the safety and health of all Barrow residents.










 

   
 

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