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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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Career Fair Zoom

Click here to see the schedule/flyer for more information, or follow the link below to watch the presentations live on March 22, 2023.



2023 Bristol Bay Career Fair

This year's Career Fair will be in Naknek on March 21st from 8:30 to 2:30 in the Naknek Old Gym. Then in Dillingham on March 22nd from 8:30 to 2:30 in the High School Gym. This is an excellent event allowing community members and students to meet with organizations for potential recruitment, employment, internships, higher education, and training. Anyone who attends and signs in is eligible to win any of this year’s door prizes. Hope to see you all there! 

BBEDC Office Open 

“We are happy to announce that BBEDC is now open to the public. You may also call 1-907-842-4370 to schedule an appointment. Masking is optional, but please honor the request of staff who feel more comfortable working closely with the use of a mask. Masks are available in the entryway.

Access to our public computers is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lobby capacity will be limited if necessary, and you may have to wait your turn in the entryway, outside or come back at a later time.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate reopening while continuing to protect our employees and community.

All forms and applications can also be found on our website as well as in our entryway, and any questions can be answered by calling 1-907-842-4370. New applications will be out at the beginning of 2023.

Effective 12/30/2022 , the BBEDC Board of Directors has authorized a return to pre-COVID residency requirements. Reminder: The BBEDC Affidavit of Residency and the Relationship Disclosure Form are required for ALL BBEDC /programs. Residency Forms must be renewed annually with supporting documents and Relationship Disclosure Forms must accompany every application. If you have any any questions regarding residency requirements or questions about any absences you may need to take, please contact BBEDC and have them addressed BEFORE you begin your travel. BBEDC Residency Policy

BBEDC 2023 Program Directory 

The 2023 Program Directory has arrived. If you are interested in a quick summary of all BBEDC programs, see it here. Be sure to check out new details in the Vessel Upgrade, Vessel Aquisition, Pre-Season Advance, and Community Block Grant programs. Here are some highlights:

  • The BBEDC Board of Directors has allocated $750,000 per community in the Community Block Grant Program. 
  • There is now a second opportunity to access the Vessel Upgrade Grant Program if you have not received a grant in the past 3 years.
  • The Vessel Acquisition Program is now open to Bristol Bay Watershed residents AND there is a second opportunity to use the grant program.
  • The Pre-Season Advance Program is now open to Bristol Bay Watershed residents.

Harvey Samuelsen Scholarship Trust (HSST)

HSST applications for the 2023-2024 school year are now available. The deadline for this year’s application is June 9th, 2023 at 5 PM. Applicants will need to be enrolled full-time at an accredited University. Applications must be complete and submitted either by email, fax or dropped off at the Dillingham office by the deadline. HSST 2023-2024 Scholarship Application

If you would like more information or have questions while filling out your application, please feel free to call 1-800-478-4370 and ask for Rachel Tilden.

2022 Northern Economics Report- The Importance of the Bristol Bay Salmon Fisheries to the Region and its Residents

BBEDC recently partnered with Northern Economics to update a past report on the importance of the Bristol Bay salmon fisheries to the region and its residents.  You can find the report here.  Also, Northern Economics developed web-based applications that allow individuals to extrapolate data from the report in the web links below. 

Salmon Fishery Trends by Region and Community

Other Fisheries Participation in BBEDC Communities

Vessel Characteristics

EPA Comments from BBEDC Chairman

BBEDC has once again weighed in on the effort to protect Bristol Bay, read the full comments submitted by BBEDC Board Chairman, Robin Samuelsen here.

Community Funding Workshop Follow-up

If you attended the BBNA/BBEDC Community Funding Workshop or if you missed it, see the following flyer to find out more information about resources as well as access links to video recordings of the workshop.  BBEDC/BBEDC Funding Workshop Followup  For more information you can visit https://bbna.com/grant-writing-workshop-2022/

BBEDC Full-time Position Open

The Education, Employment & Training (EET) department is searching for an Education, Employment & Training Coordinator to assist with the implementation and management of EET programs. The Coordinator will work closely with residents to assist with applications, forms and other program related information. The Coordinator will also work with communities, CDQ partners and regional entities to identify potential Bristol Bay residents eligible for scholarships, employment, internships, and training. This is a full-time position, open until filled. See the full job description here. Applicants are asked to provide a cover letter and resume along with a fully completed BBEDC employment application. Contact Chris Napoli for more information at 1-907-842-4370 or chris@bbedc.comBBEDC employment application 

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

HSST book

Looking 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 1-907-842-4370 or admin@bbedc.com. Resale quantity discount available. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Harvey Samuelsen Scholarship Trust.