SEC Urges Governor Dunleavy to Declare an Economic Disaster Area for Southeast Alaska 
The devastating economic effects of COVID-19 coupled with the the collapse of the regional Southeast salmon fishery have left Southeast Alaskan communities experiencing an economic disaster of unprecedented proportions. As the state and federally-designated regional economic development organization for Southeast Alaska, Southeast Conference submitted a letter to Governor Dunleavy, asking him to declare the region an Economic Disaster Area.
SE Alaska CARES Report, Rural Relief Small Business Grants, and Seafood Trade Relief Program
Southeast Conference has worked long and hard, partnering with EDCs, Chambers of Commerce and other regional partners, to ensure Southeast Alaska's businesses can navigate the Alaska CARES application process. State-wide, approximately $250 million has been distributed. Of that total, nearly $64 million has been distributed to 1,327 businesses in Southeast Alaska!
Additional support may be available through the Rural Relief Small Business Grant Program.
This program supports small business owners in rural locations (population of 50,000 or less) across the US. Support is provided to small businesses and enterprises affected by COVID-19, especially those in
underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color and women- and veteran-owned businesses
that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital. The upcoming application deadlines are December 2, 2020, and January 5 and February 2, 2021.
Seafood Trade Relief Program
If you are a U.S. fisherman impacted by retaliatory tariffs, you may qualify for funding through the Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP). Sign-up for relief through the program from September 14, 2020 through December 14, 2020 by submitting an application through your local USDA Service Center.
Southeast Conference Supports Our Military
Southeast Conference was pleased to join the Defense Industry Advisory Group, led by UACED. Their Alaska Defense Industry Resilience Initiative is an effort to better understand the contributions of the military and Coast Guard to Alaska’s economy, and strengthen these connections. 

The military is a key economic foundation in Alaska, including southeast, where we hope to see that presence expanded as part of our regional strategy to strengthen and diversify the economy. For more information on this initiative, visit the links below:
Southeast Energy Leaders
Elected to Statewide Positions 
The Alaska Power Association Board of Directors held officer elections during its annual meeting. Congratulations are in order to the following Southeast Energy Leaders:

APA Board President:
Trey Acteson, CEO of Southeast Alaska Power Agency

APA Board Treasurer:
Jodi Mitchell, CEO of Inside Passage Electric Co-Op

APA Managers’ Forum Co-Chair:
Connie Hulbert, CEO, Alaska Electric Light & Power
Future Biomass Heat Project - Craig High School
The Craig School District is working to be the next installed biomass system in Southeast Alaska. The City of Craig plans on installing a small containerized chip heating system at the Craig Highschool. Since their other two schools are already heating with wood chips this would make their district 100% heated with wood chips. The technology has improved in the past decade to allow for smaller scale chip systems and the boiler they are hoping to use was originally designed in Denmark. The grant funding is in place and the plan is to kick the project off in January 2021.
Member Milestones
Goldbelt Receives Federal Recognition for Hiring Veterans
Eight Goldbelt companies were recognized by U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia as recipients of the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during an award ceremony at the U.S. Department of Labor on Nov. 10.

These eight Goldbelt companies join 667 other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, recognized for this prestigious distinction.
AK BUSINESS LICENSE FEES SUSPENDED
To support economic stability, due to COVID-19, Governor Dunleavy has once again temporarily suspended NEW and RENEWING Business Licensing fees effective November 16, 2020.

Become a Member of Southeast Conference!
The mission of Southeast Conference is to undertake and support activities that promote strong economies, healthy communities and a quality environment in Southeast Alaska.
If you or your organization is interested in joining, please visit our website or contact the office: info@seconference.org
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Be Part of the Solution!
Stay informed and weigh-in on the issues facing the industries that matter the most to you! Join the conversation at the next Southeast Conference Committee meeting! All meetings take place via Zoom.
December

Maritime/Seafood
December 9, 2pm


Economic Development December 16, 2pm
January

Visitor's Industry
January 12, 2pm
If you would like to join these stellar organizations, contact Southeast Conference (info@seconference.org) or visit our website .