Leadership to enhance, foster and promote economic development.Our mission is to serve Kenai Peninsula Borough residents by enhancing their quality of life through responsible and sustainable regional economic and workforce development.
KPEDD facilitates community town meetings and other forums. We assist communities with producing a community action plan. Strategic planning is very important, and KPEDD is here to help rural, under-served communities. By documenting the community’s values, vision and priorities, economic opportunities are easier to identify.
KPEDD is a non-profit regional economic development organization, or ARDOR. Organized in 1988, KPEDD serves residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough in south central Alaska. The Borough is home to approximately 49,600 people residing in a land area of 16,100 square miles. For more information about the Kenai Peninsula Borough, visit the US Census Bureau Quick Facts page for detailed information.
As the first federal Economic Development District designated in Alaska, as well as the first Alaska Regional Development Organization or ARDOR, KPEDD has actively pursued development opportunities for the region. Over its lifetime, KPEDD has been involved in a variety of projects, including public works projects, shellfish industry development, international trade, promoting a North Slope Natural Gas Pipeline to Cook Inlet, building infrastructure and industry recruitment.
KPEDD compiles and publishes the Kenai Peninsula Borough Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
Funding is provided by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and the Alaska State Department of Community and Economic Development. In addition income from rental property allow us to operate our services and facilities without debt.
Over 800 residents, business and community leaders have volunteered this past year to Economic Development activities organized by KPEDD. Strong community involvement allows us to maximize our service to the Peninsula.
Each year KPEDD sponsors forums to help the business community network, learn, and grow. In the past, the Economic Outlook Forums have been held in Kenai, Soldotna and Homer.