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UAS Ketchikan Student Project Seeks Local Business Input


June 17, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus in cooperation with the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce is conducting an economic assessment of our local economy. Students in the Community Economic Development summer course are exploring how community economic development happens, various strategies to assess the current state of an economy and how to apply strategies for change.

"Any successful community development activity starts with an accurate assessment," UAS Ketchikan Assistant Professor of Business Tim Ewest says. The process of collecting surveys has begun.

UAS Ketchikan is asking for businesses to assist in the process by volunteering to take the assessment. The assessment takes 20 minutes to fill out in an online web-based format. One benefit of being a participating business is that they will have access to the results beginning September 1st, 2005.

Results will then be made available to the entire community in early 2006.

The purpose of the assessments is to gather information from area businesses which ultimately will help strengthen local business strategy, develop economic sustainability plans for the community and gain a broader perspective on trends and area needs.

Business owners, managers, financial managers and strategic planners or anyone who has these responsibilities within a business would be ideal candidate to fill out the assessment. The students are seeking to assess a wide variety of business industries, from cottage or in-home business, seasonal employers to larger employers within the community.

This is a civic engagement project for University students. The goal is that both students and the businesses benefit from the results of the survey.

If your business is willing to participate, email your first and last name, business name, and email address to Upon receipt and verification you will be sent a login name and password link to the assessment.

The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus provides a wide variety of educational and vocational courses throughout the year. Many course offerings are available both locally and through distance avenues including web-based, audio conference, teleconference and satellite offerings. Through these offerings, students can achieve certifications, associates, bachelors and masters degrees.

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