About Skagway Development Corporation

SDC History

The Skagway Development Corporation (SDC) was formed at the Municipality of Skagway’s request in 2001. The Municipality believed that a more professional and full-time approach to economic development needed to transpire for Skagway to develop into a vital year round community.  Previous efforts towards economic development by the Municipality of Skagway had been by volunteer boards and commissions. These had not seen tangible results and one of the main reasons for this was that efforts had centered solely on recruitment and overlooked other economic opportunities. SDC was incorporated in the State of Alaska in December 2001 and received 501(c)(6) tax-exempt status in August 2002. The Board operated as a volunteer organization and in April 2003 a full-time Executive Director was hired after an extensive nation-wide search.

Economic Development

The Skagway Development Corporation aims to be the economic & community development organization supporting business enterprise and community well-being within Skagway, Alaska.  In working towards this vision, we have defined a set of values we feel important to apply in our work.  These include: Sustainability, Collaboration, Professionalism, Integrity, Responsiveness, and Confidentiality.  Utilizing these values as a guide, we are better able to fulfill our mission, which is:

“To serve the community of Skagway as an advisory, administrative and technical source, by supporting business enterprise and community well being through connecting people, ideas and resources.”

In an effort to work towards this vision and fulfill our mission, SDC wears many hats within the community of Skagway. Our Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) provides assistance to future and existing business owners needing assistance in writing a business plan, expanding a current business, marketing, identifying funding/loans, as well as other business related activities such as printing, faxing, and spiral binding. Occasionally, the SBRC offers small business and computer training classes to the community.  In the near future,  SDC hopes to expand the SBRC to include a computer lab, which would allow us to offer such training classes on a more frequent basis.

In an effort to diversify the year-round economy of Skagway, the SDC acts as a marketing agent for the Port of Skagway, offering information and facilitating tours to company representatives from around the world.  Furthermore, the SDC works closely with regional, state and national economic development organizations, staying on top of the latest economic development trends as well as marketing Skagway to potential economic opportunities.  Locally, SDC works very closely with the Municipality of Skagway, assisting with grant writing proposals, as requested, for capital projects.  For a list of  capital projects and other programs the SDC has been involved in, review the “SDC Highlights” section of this website.

Community Development Services

In 2003 it was recognized by the SDC Board of Directors that a separate entity working on community development issues was needed to compliment the economic development program. To best accomplish this it was necessary to incorporate a separate 501(c)(3) organization, SDC-Community Development Services (SDC-CDS). The philosophy of SDC and SDC-CDS is that economic and community development go hand in hand and generally one is necessary for the other to occur. SDC-CDS was granted tax-exempt status in March 2004 and has been active in pursuing funding for community based activities and projects.

SDC-CDS Mission Statement:

“To implement a process designed to encourage community development, community services, and to increase the quality of life in Skagway, Alaska.”

Annual Report