Story last updated at 9/9/2009 - 11:37 am
HYDABURG - The village of Hydaburg, located on the southern end of Prince of Wales Island, celebrated a historical event at the end of July with the raising of four recently renovated totem poles under the Haida Totem Replication Project 2009. The energy carried over into "Hydaburg First! Week," Aug. 1-4, which offered presentations, movies, and workshops focused on promoting the economic growth of the community.
Hydaburg leaders, government officials, and business development professionals participated in the Hydaburg First! Week.
The Hydaburg Business Center assembled the panel of speakers to promote the idea of "Sharing Knowledge to Build Community & Create Opportunity."
Presenters came from Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council), the University of Alaska Southeast, ActionStrategy, the Maharishi University of Management (in Fairfield, Iowa), and the Juneau Economic Development Council to speak about educational, economic and employment opportunities occurring in Hydaburg, with a special emphasis on green jobs and entrepreneurship, as well as sustainable development.
A separate track for community leaders and government officials was devoted to planning and building collaboration and covered topics such as "Strategies for Improving Cooperation" and "Leveraging Partnerships: Working with External Resources to Accomplish Hydaburg's Goals."
Hydaburg First! Week brought new ideas, new faces and a new outlook to Hydaburg. Hydaburg Business Center hopes to make the event a tradition.
The Center is part of a project by Central Council aimed at creating jobs by bringing free technical assistance, business training, and free Internet access to remote communities of Southeast Alaska. Another such center is located in Angoon (www.myAngoon.org). Central Council's business centers are supported by USDA Rural Development and organizations mentioned in this press release, by Sealaska Corporation that provides interns each year, and by Rural Outreach Program for Entrepreneurs (ROPE) that sends trainers to Southeast Alaska communities.
To learn more about the new Hydaburg Business center, visit www.myHydaburg.org.
To discuss partnership opportunities contact Charles Peele at the Hydaburg Business Center at 285-3136, or Andrei Chakine at Cental Council at 463-7147.