The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) is a non-profit regional economic development organization for Southwest Alaska. SWAMC serves three subregions of Southwest Alaska: the Aleutian/Pribilofs, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak.


SWAMC was formed out of the common interests of the region encompassing the Aleutians East Borough, the Aleutians West Census Area, the Bristol Bay Borough, the Dillingham Census Area, the Kodiak Island Borough, and the Lake & Peninsula Borough. In 1988, municipal leaders from the region forged a partnership to advocate for the needs of rural communities and the responsible development of the region’s core economic sector – commercial seafood harvesting and processing.


SWAMC is a regional membership organization that advances the collective interests of Southwest Alaska people, businesses, and communities. SWAMC helps promote economic opportunities to improve quality of life and influences long-term responsible development.


The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference was incorporated in January 1988 and received 501 (c) 4 nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Services. In 1989, SWAMC received designation as an ARDOR. As one of Alaska’s Regional Development Organizations (ARDORs).  SWAMC uses regional development strategies, local knowledge, and collaboration to to encourage the formation of regional development organizations to prepare and implement regional development strategies.  


SWAMC was designated an Economic Development District (EDD)  in 1991.  As an EDD, SWAMC compiles a tri-annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)  for the Southwest region and provides funding partnerships for community development projects.


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The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) holds various economic development designations, which are conveyed by the State of Alaska and the United States governments.


These designations include:

Alaska Regional Development Organization (ARDOR)

The State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development certified SWAMC as an ARDOR in 1989.

Economic Development District (EDD)

The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) recognized SWAMC as an Economic Development District 1992.

Regional Workforce Development Council

In 2005, SWAMC was selected by the Alaska Workforce Investment Board to convene the Southwest Alaska Workforce Development Council.