KPEDD facilitates community town meetings and other forums. We assist communities with producing a community action plan. Strategic planning is very important, & KPEDD is here to help rural, under-served communities, by documenting and identifying the community’s values, vision and priorities, and economic opportunities.
The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District
Leadership to enhance, foster, and promote economic development
The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District (KPEDD), a private non-government resource, enhances the quality of life for Borough residents through responsible and sustainable regional economic development.
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. Since 1988, 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, infrastructure development, workforce planning, community action plans, and tailored business assistance. Each year, thanks to our generous sponsors, KPEDD hosts the Industry Outlook Forum, an educational event held in alternating communities which discusses current federal, state, local, and industry projects.
KPEDD program funding is generated through contracts with the Economic Development Administration, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and the tenants of the Business Incubation Center. 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.
Goals and objectives are developed with broad community support in the five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS. These identified goals and action plans shape the economic development for the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
For more information about KPEDD or our planning process, please contact either Tim Dillon, Executive Director, or Caitlin Coreson, KPEDD Program Manager.