Since APICDA’s inception, the board of directors determined that its initial development focus would be the construction of infrastructure in its member communities. This is based upon the concept that the development of a stable local economy hinges upon the development of reliable local infrastructure – without adequate and sufficient infrastructure, the opportunities for local business development and the accompanying creation of local jobs cannot occur.
Since 1992, APICDA has pursued an aggressive infrastructure development program. This program continues, although APICDA is increasingly shifting its focus to business development. The board recognizes that the intensity of development will vary with the community, based upon the availability of fishery resources and other factors; however, the board believes that even limited development provides each community and APICDA with opportunities to enhance the community’s social and economic well-being. Please see infrastructure investments per community listed below.
APICDA investments in Akutan include the Akutan port, daycare facility, school grants, small boat mooring basin and fishermen quota loan program.
In 1994, APICDA and the Atka Fishermen’s Association formed Atka Pride Seafoods to process halibut products and sablefish, operating seasonally from May through September. The plant provides good paying jobs and advancement opportunities for local residents, and supports the City of Atka through raw fish taxes. APICDA plans to expand the APS plant so it can operate as a diversified year-round seafood processor. APICDA also owns and operates the Nazan Bay Inn, a small hotel providing lodging for processors and visitors.
Additional APICDA investments in Atka include docks, playground equipment, the hydro plant, and a pledge to improve the health clinic.
False Pass is an important refueling stop for Bristol Bay and Bering Sea fishing fleets. Commercial salmon fishing and fishing services drive the local economy. In 2000, APICDA created a subsidiary called Bering Pacific Seafoods (BPS). APICDA has invested $17 million in False Pass in the last three years to expand the BPS facility to process year-round and opened a fuel terminal. The fuel facility is designed to meet the need for local heating and road vehicles, BPS plant operations, the City of False Pass and the fishing fleet.
Nelson Lagoon is an unincorporated village governed by a federally-recognized tribe, the Native Village of Nelson Lagoon. Nelson Lagoon residents are dependent upon the commercial salmon industry for their livelihood. Resident’s fish gillnet or operate set net sites in the lagoon and up the river. They sell their fish to Peter Pan Seafoods, which operates a facility in Port Moller. The Peter Pan facility usually closes in early September, which leaves no market for the continuing late run of silvers into Nelson Lagoon and the surrounding area. Always looking to strengthen commerce and prudently taking advantage of funding opportunities, APICDA completed construction of a fish handling facility in Nelson Lagoon by matching a $2 million grant from the federal Economic Development Administration. This operation continues to develop.
Other APICDA projects in Nelson Lagoon include a community greenhouse, significant land improvements, a storage facility, boat yard and community dock.
APICDA projects include the design, construction and management of the Ugludax Lodge on Umnak Island. The lodge operates as a high end sport fishing and hunting destination. APICDA introduced Plains bison in 2008 and 2009 to expand trophy hunting opportunities; once the herd expands and matures hunting will commence.
In 2013, APICDA build a geodesic green house in Nikolski to help increase access to fresh produce.
APICDA has worked on a number of St. George projects, including harbor improvements at Zapadni Bay, five miles from the city; a wind energy project; and a geodesic green house to help increase access to fresh produce. In 2008, APICDA obtained EDA matching grant funds for the creation of a fish handling facility, which was completed in 2010.