Like much of rural America, Southeast Alaska is confronting the social implications of both population declines and the downturn in natural resource-based industries. Although many residents have chosen to leave Alaska in the last decade, the majority have stayed. Strong social cohesion and intimate ties to the natural amenities of the region are what sustain rural Alaskans. It is these connections to people and place that may ultimately enable residents to create renewed and more resilient Alaskan communities. Examining the challenges faced by Southeast Alaska, this brief discusses ways to encourage community groups and governmental agencies to work collaboratively to craft a robust economic future for the region.
Durham, N.H. : Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire
Ulrich, Jessica D. and Safford, Thomas G., "Enduring ties to community and nature: charting an alternative future for southeast Alaska" (2011). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 129.
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