Chapter 15 SLA 09 allocates a portion of the State of Alaska's CIAP funds to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development for legislatively-named recipents. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough was appropriated $774,988 through this legislation for capital projects. These funds are being administered through the Community Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CCIAP).
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is a Second Class Borough located near the southernmost boundary of Alaska, in the Southeast Panhandle. The Borough has a population of 12,993 (2008 DCCED Certified Population), a coastal area of 1,699 square miles, and 526 miles of shoreline. The Misty Fjords National Monument is located both within and adjacent to the borough.
The Tongass and Cape Fox Tlingits have lived in the area historically. The abundant fish and timber resources have attracted non-Natives to Ketchikan. The majority of Tlingits indigenous to the area live in Saxman. The borough's economy is dependent upon tourism, fishing, fish processing, and the wood products industry. Retail trade and government services also provide employment; 343 borough residents hold commercial fishing permits. Several processing and cold storage facilities support the fishing industry. Each year, cruise ships bring over 650,000 visitors, and another 50,000 travelers visit Ketchikan on their own.
Regularly-scheduled jet services offer three northbound and three southbound departures daily. The state-owned Ketchikan International Airport offers a paved, lighted 7,500' runway. The airport lies on Gravina Island, a 10-minute ferry ride to the waterfront. Ketchikan is a regional transportation hub, with numerous air taxi services to surrounding communities. There are four float plane landing facilities. Ketchikan is the first port of call in Alaska for cruise ships and Alaska Marine Highway vessels. Harbor and docking facilities include five small boat harbors, a deep draft dock, a dry dock and ship repair yard, and a state ferry terminal. The shipyard is privately-owned and is used for repairs to the Alaska Ferry and offshore fish processors. The Inter-Island Ferry Authority, based on Craig, operates a daily, round-trip ferry between Ketchikan and Hollis.
Ketchikan Gateway Borough is comprised of the Home Rule City of Ketchikan, the Second Class City of Saxman and Wards Cove.
As a recipient of CCIAP funds, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough has developed projects to be funded through the Borough's CCIAP allocation. The Borough ranked these projects in Tier 1 and Tier 2 project lists to address regional priorities. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, Division of Community and Regional Affairs (DCRA) then sent the proposed project lists to the Department of Natural Resources for inclusion in the 2010 Amendment to the Alaska Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) Plan. The plan received federal approval, and the State has subsequently applied for and recieved federal awards for all approved projects in the CIAP plan. DCRA is now entering into grant agreements with Named Recipients for each approved CCIAP project.
Salmon cannery on Georgia Inlet, Ketchikan. Photo: Len Turner
Economic Development/Lands Administrative Assistant
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development