The Southwest Alaska Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the product of an ongoing regional planning process designed to facilitate sustainable, long-term, and responsible economic development, job creation, and overall improvement in the quality of life in Southwest Alaska. This process began in 1991 when the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) first prepared and submitted an Overall Economic Development Plan (OEDP) to the Economic Development Administration (EDA).


Annual CEDS Updates provide a detailed analysis of the region’s population, labor force, employment, and per capita personal income as well as a review of changes in key economic sectors. SWAMC completed an extensive re-write of the Southwest Alaska CEDS in June 2014. This 2015 – 2019 CEDS is an 80-page document that covers this 5 year planning period, with updates released annually.