The Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC) was created in 1987 as a private, nonprofit corporation to foster a healthy and sustainable economic climate in Juneau and throughout Southeast Alaska. Envisioned by leaders within the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ), The JEDC continues to receive primary funding from the city, leveraging its investment to develop additional funds through strategic alliances with forward looking businesses, community groups and government agencies. Since inception, the Council has developed expansive, sustainable programs and projects, stimulating the region’s economy by identifying opportunity and developing innovative solutions to the unique economic environment in the region.
JEDC is governed by an 11-person Board of Directors—Juneau Mayor, Ken Koelsch, Chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast Rick Caulfield, and nine other diverse thought leaders and industry experts appointed by the CBJ Assembly. Brian Holst has served as the JEDC Executive Director since 2008 and drives strategic development, management of the institution’s human and financial resources and implementation of the Board’s long-term vision.
Since October 2010, the JEDC has led an industry, cluster-based planning approach to the Southeast Alaska region under a contract awarded by the USDA Forest Service. JEDC’s Southeast Alaska Cluster Initiative continues to successfully unite private sector industry clusters with federal, state and local agencies, university faculty, trade association representatives, economic development organizations, community leaders and other stakeholders to address industry needs, concerns and opportunities on a collaborative basis. This work largely contributed to the development of the annual Innovation Summit benefitting cluster groups and exposing other industries to the power of the cluster approach to innovation, collaboration, prosperity and productivity.
In addition to the Innovation Summit annual event and Southeast Cluster Initiative program, the JEDC has numerous other programs to enhance the economy of Juneau and Southeast. Here are links to a sample of JEDC programs: