Mission and Organization
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 a 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.
The SWAMC membership includes municipal members such as cities, boroughs, and village and tribal councils, plus associate members, who represent businesses and nonprofit organizations. SWAMC provides an important link between the public and private sector with a coalition of local government, business, and non-profit members, all with an interest in Southwest Alaska.
Benefits of SWAMC Membership: SWAMC provides an opportunity for Southwest Alaska residents to come together across the region and support programs and policies that will help the region grow and prosper. Members work for improved infrastructure, transportation, education, small business development, public safety, a strengthened local government, and services to local residents, and advocate for sustainable development.
SWAMC provides information throughout Southwest Alaska by publishing Tidings, the newsletter for the region. The newsletter is published monthly with a circulation of about 600, and advertising is available in the newsletter to members.
SWAMC provides networking and education opportunities at its annual economic summit and membership meeting. This conference features training and educational opportunities on a variety of economic development and public policy topics.
SWAMC provides technical assistance to the region by contracting for services within the scope of our mission. SWAMC assistance includes economic development planning, tourism development, business planning and feasibility studies, assistance with grants and proposals, and assistance with promotional and marketing efforts.