Arctic Spirit, which started in 2004 at the Icy Straights development in Hoonah, was developed to be a "train to own" business allowing employees the possibility of purchasing the business after extensive training in operating a retail business.
JEDC promotes economic development state-wide. The council is pro-active and undertakes specific efforts to maintain, expand and create industries throughout Alaska. The council collaborates with local and regional organizations to diversify and stabilize the economy, while protecting quality of life.
NADO, established in 1967 and based in Washington, D.C., is a public interest group recognizing organizations for demonstrating innovative approaches to economic and community development.
"These award winning projects and programs truly represent the community and the economic development benefits derived from acting regionally, especially in rural communities where resources are often sparse," said President Jack Scriber.