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It is the purpose of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation to promote economic growth and opportunities for residents of its member communities through sustainable use of the Bering Sea resources.


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Lobby closureBBEDC Office Closed to In-Person Traffic until Further Notice

To ensure the health and safety of our staff, clients, visitors and community, BBEDC has closed its office to in-person traffic until further notice. Click on the flyer at left for more information. All forms and applications can be found on our website and any questions can be answered by calling 907-842-4370. If you think you will have residency issues or other program eligibility issues related to travel restrictions and COVID-19, please call the BBEDC offices and notify us or email admin@bbedc.com. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The BBEDC Board has also issued a travel ban for programs and staff. Please call 843-4370 for more information or to see if this affects a program you are interested in.


Changes to BBEDC Community Block Grant in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

There is no question that the Coronavirus situation could have huge consequences in our region and BBEDC believes actions taken at the local level can be a way to mitigate some of those impacts. The BBEDC Community Block Grant (CBG) program may be used at this time of emergency as a resource for projects to assist the response to the economic impacts of the Coronavirus situation in our 17 communities. Each community is a little different so your leadership is critical for the local response.

In order to reduce the paperwork burden, BBEDC created a shortened application to be used for projects associated with the economic impacts of the Coronavirus situation. The following are some important items to note:

  • On March 27, the BBEDC Executive Committee waived the income requirements for Home Heating Fuel and Electric Assistance (F&E). As always, it is up to each community to decide whether they will offer F&E as a Community Block Grant project. No other requirements were changed.
  • On March 27, the Executive Committee increased the amount of funds that each community may request as an CBG advance payment. Under this new direction, communities may request up to $100,000.00 as an advance payment to address pressing needs. The community must have submitted a CBG application and it must have been approved. The community must submit the proper back-up regarding expenditure of the funds before additional advances or payments will be approved.
  • 2020 CBG or restructure previous CBG grants. Communities may apply for a new project under the current 2020 program or may restructure previously received grants to address the current emergency. 

BBEDC Community Block Grant COVID-19 Emergency Application   CBG COVID-19 Project Budget Form

Fuel & Electric Assistance Guidelines- April 2020

You can also access the regular (non-emergency apps and related information) here. BBEDC 2020 Block Grant Applications are due by November 30, 2020

BBEDC 2019 AR Cover2019 BBEDC Annual Report

The BBEDC 2019 Annual Report is now available. Check out what we've been up to over the last year and please drop us an email (admin@bbedc.com) or give us a call if you need more information about any of our many programs and services.



 BBEDC/AMSEA Trainings

BBEDC has been working with AMSEA over the summer to produce a series of online training webinars for local residents and especially for our Permit Loan Program and Vessel Acquisition Program participants, and have just finalized the next round of classes. There will be four 2-hour long presentations. See attached flyer for more information.

If you have any questions about these trainings please contact Walter at walter@bbedc.com

USDA Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP)

The commercial fishers in Bristol Bay communities may be eligible for the USDA Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP). Applications will be accepted by the USDA September 14, 2020 through December 14, 2020. Applications must be complete with all additional necessary forms within 60 days after submission. The USDA has esbablished a Call Center to provide additional one-on-one support with the STRP application. Call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee.  USDA STRP Application Packet  STRP Quick Reference Guide   Tutorial Video STRP

BBEDC resident watershed fishers may receive assistance with completing their applications through our associates at the Alaska Business Development Center. Watershed residents need to contact BBEDC to be placed on the list to receive assistance. Contact walter@bbedc.com, mpat@bbedc.com, alice@bbedc.com, anthony@bbedc.com, or gary@bbedc.com

Funding Chart of COVID19 Assistance for Fishers

BBEDC Employment Opportunities

BBEDC still has some temporary positions open The positions are posted here, please check back often to see additions to our Seasonal, In-Region Internship, and Youth Internship positions.  

BBEDC Full-time Positions Open

The position of Education, Employment & Training (EET) Director is open at BBEDC. The EET Director is responsible for the overall management of the EET Department including development and implementation of EET programs and all aspects of the Harvey Samuelsen Scholarship Trust.  This is a full-time exempt position with benefits.  Contact Chris Napoli at 842-4370 or chris@bbedc.com for more information. See the full job description here. Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter and resume along with a fully completed BBEDC employment application.

Also open is the position of Community Outreach Coordinator. This position will be responsible for promoting BBEDC and assisting with all areas of outreach. See the full job description here. Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter and resume along with a fully completed BBEDC employment application, see above. Contact Chris Napoli for more information at 842-4370 or chris@bbedc.com.

Books for Sale- The Canneries, Cabins and Caches of Bristol Bay, Alaska

HSST bookLooking for a gift to give from the Bristol Bay Region? John Branson's book is a great choice. Filled with pictures and history of the Bristol Bay fisher, it is sure to please. For more information or to purchase your copy, contact BBEDC at 907-842-4370 or admin@bbedc.com. Resale quantity discount available. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Harvey Samuelsen Scholarship Trust.