Center for Economic Development
Promoting Alaskan economic diversity through entrepreneurship, community building, and action oriented strategy
The University of Alaska Center for Economic Development (UACED) is a program of the University of Alaska Anchorage Business Enterprise Institute and is one of 52 University Centers designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
UACED leverages the resources of the university system to support economic growth in Alaska. We provide technical assistance in the form of information and data, and implement specific projects and programs that promote economic development across the state.
UACED provides a wide variety of technical assistance, from developing initial project ideas to mentoring clients through project implementation.
- Local and regional plans
- Strategic planning (organizational and community)
- Feasibility analysis
- Business planning
- Market and economic research
- Financial analysis
Please contact us to discuss how we could work together.
UACED offers workshops and trainings for economic developers and community planners.
- "Strategic Doing" Facilitation
- CEDS Training
- Management Development Training
- Economic Developer Professional Development (IEDC accredited courses)
UACED researches, compiles and publishes an annual outlook for the Alaskan economy. We actively write economic articles for Alaska Business Monthly in addition to researching and developing our own studies. For more information, please visit our Reports page.
Alaska Startups seeks to empower and encourage innovative people to create high-growth, scalable businesses in Alaska.
To create a more educated and connected entrepreneurial ecosystem in Alaska.
- Resources to help you build a better startup company
- The latest local startups news
- A calendar of startup, pitching, and networking events
- A platform to connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, programmers and mentors
- Post an opportunity. Are you looking for a cofounder or to hire your first employee? Alaska Startups is the best place to connect with the top innovators in the state
- Submit an article. Alaska Startups is a great place to publish a report, offer startup advice, share an editorial or get free press
- Let us interview you! If you're developing a startup we want to cover your story to share with the Alaskan startup community
Get in Touch
- If you have a question or want to be interviewed send us an email!
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty.AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) taps the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference.
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for 50 years.
What VISTA Members Do?
VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at an identified project site that is fighting poverty. VISTA projects focus on Anti-Poverty Efforts through Capacity Building, Community Engagement and Sustainable Solutions.
What UA CED does as an Intermediary Sponsor?
As a VISTA Intermediary Sponsor, UACED manages multiple VISTA projects for success. Agency's that apply for a VISTA project through our Sponsorship are given project guidance, member support and much more!
Become a VISTA Project Site
Public, private, schools and faith-based nonprofit organizations —as well as local, state and federal organizations—can benefit greatly from linking up with AmeriCorps VISTA. Project sites are not required to provide a financial match but must be able to give time and direction to the project, supervise the VISTA member, and provide necessary administrative support to complete the goals and objectives of the project.
The Benefits of VISTA Service
By serving through VISTA, you'll gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus you'll get the satisfaction that comes from helping others. During your service, you'll receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. Upon completing your service, you can choose to receive either an education award ($5,730) or an end of service stipend ($1,500).
A Proud History of Service
Did you know that President John F. Kennedy came up with the idea for VISTA or that the 170,000 VISTAs who have served since 1965 have played a key role in establishing many of the best-known anti-poverty programs; including Head Start, Upward Bound, and the credit union system?
For more information, call 907.786.5451 or email your questions
What Is Lemonade Day?
Lemonade Day is a FREE, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began with a vision to shape Alaska into a place that breeds, grows and attracts entrepreneurs.
How Does It Work?
Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day. Lessons include creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community.
Along the way, kids acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some, and share some.
How Do I Get Involved?
For more information on how to participate or volunteer, visit our website.