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SOUTHEASTCONFERENCE2025Southeast AlaskaEconomic PlanMeilani SchijvensRain Coast DataSWOT AnalysisTransportation

Timeline: Where arewe in cEAGmomApril2020You AreHereMarch2021

Transportation SWOT AnalysisApril 29th SWOT analysis

The Southeast Alaska Transportation SWOTanalysis was conducted by the SoutheastConference Transportation Committee in twosessions: On February 4th, 2020 and againon April 29th. Once the SWOT lists werecompleted by the group, committeemembers were asked to choose the top twoto three items that they felt were mostrepresentative of regional transportationstrengths, weaknesses, opportunities, andthreats.

Summary of Southeast Alaska TransportationSWOT: Top responsesStrengthsStrong, reliable airline servicesWeaknesses48%Barge servicesAMHS funding/service cuts38%Tourism %Alaska Marine Highway24%IFA ferry services24%0.25Regional transportation plan33%New ferry service model31%29%Better connections to Canada19%035%AMHS not reliable29%24%Not enough exports/lack of backhaulAMHS politics21%0.3567%Demise of AMHS52%38%Loss of political support for Southeast33%Misconception of AMHS value29%Regional population/economic decline26%0.70.7ThreatsLoss of state funding23%Tourism integration57%Small population/low economy of scaleOpportunitiesNew road developmentLack of regional transportation plan0.5Improve AMHS services/efficiency62%00.30.6

Transportation StrengthsStrong, reliable airline servicesBarge servicesSupports tourismCommunication/partnerships with communities/providersAlaska Marine HighwayIFA ferry servicesCan-do/adaptive/flexible/creative attitudeHaul-outs and shipyard capacityFederal fundingSupports Exports: seafood, mining, timberConnecting communitiesStrong/reliable Multimodal connectivity/linkagesSkilled workforcePrivate sector marine passenger transportationPostal service transportationRelatively affordableMedevac 5%5%5%0.250.5

Transportation WeaknessesReduction of AMHS funding/serviceLack of good plan for regional transportation and AMHSSmall population/low economy of scaleAMHS not reliableNot enough exports/lack of backhaulAMHS politicsLack of roads connecting communitiesLack of reliabilityLack of economic diversificationCost of transportationToo many crew required on AMHSChallenging geography/weather/tidesFossil Fuel DependenceSingle transportation provider dependencyLack of coordinated schedulingDecline in number of small airlines in the regionLack of qualified workforceSeasonal %5%5%5%0.3562%57%0.7

Transportation OpportunitiesImprove AMHS services/efficiency67%Develop regional transportation plan with communities33%Begin new ferry service (new/different regional ferry model)31%New road development29%Better relationship/connections to Yukon/Canada23%Tourism integration19%Leverage tourism to grow ferry system19%17%Electric vehicles/vesselsGrow exports14%Improve freight14%Reduced costs10%Natural gas potential availability to region10%5%Stronger partnerships/engagement/coordination00.7

Transportation ThreatsDemise of AMHS52%Loss of state 5%Loss of political support for Southeast AlaskaMisconception of AMHS valueRegional population/economic declineInability to work together/lack of leadership to develop planDeferred MaintenanceState/federal regulations (costs, permits, time, etc)environmental groupsIncreasing costsOpposition to roadsLoss of transportation/no alternativesTariffs/trade wars (global markets)COVID-19Loss of federal fundingFreight reductionCost of doing business in Seattle (especially barges)00.30.6

The Southeast Alaska Strengths,Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats(SWOT) analysis was developed by morethan 200 Southeast Conference members,including business, municipal, and triballeaders from across the region in February2020.

Summary of Southeast Alaska SWOT:Top responsesStrengthsBeauty and Recreation Opportunities50%Tourism Sector41%Seafood Industry38%Rich Alaska Native Culture and Heritage37%People and Southeast Alaskan Spirit36%Great place to raise kids/families34%0.25OpportunitiesStrengthen ferry connectivity0.550%Mariculture development43%Seafood products development31%28%Cultural tourism developmentWeaknessesFerry transportation decline59%Cost of living and doing business42%Transportation Costs34%Housing: Not enough/Too Expensive32%26%Aging or lack of infrastructureDependence on State oil economy22%Threats0.3Reduction/loss of Ferry Service54%Fisheries decline34%Poor leadership/decision making34%Cost of living33%Renewable energy23%Climate Change/Global Warming29%Improve infrastructure22%Capitol move/capital creep28%00.60.600.30.6

Strengths50%Beauty and Recreation Opportunities41%Tourism Sector38%Seafood Industry37%Rich Alaska Native Culture and Heritage36%People and Southeast Alaskan Spirit34%Great place to raise kids/families30%Wildlife28%Clean WaterAccess to Natural ResourcesMining22%20%0.250.5

Weaknesses59%Ferry transportation decline42%Cost of living and doing business34%Transportation Costs32%Housing: Not enough/Too Expensive26%Aging or lack of infrastructureDependence on State oil economy22%Energy Costs20%Lack of road connectivity20%Lack of jobs that can support householdSeasonal jobs instead of year-roundLack of childcare18%17%15%0.30.6

OpportunitiesFerry connectivity strengthened50%Mariculture development43%Seafood products development31%Cultural tourism development28%Renewable energy23%22%Improve infrastructureHousing development21%Maritime industry growth21%Diversify the Economy21%20%Grow food & harvest plants18%Mining industry00.6

ThreatsLoss/Further Reduction of Ferry Service54%Fisheries decline34%Poor leadership/decision making34%Cost of living33%Climate Change/Global Warming29%Capitol move/capital creep28%State jobs/budget cuts23%Declining/aging population/loss of youth18%Radical outside groups/lawsuits18%Housing related15%00.30.6

Questions?Meilani SchijvensRain Coast DataTransportationSoutheast AlaskaEconomic PlanSOUTHEASTCONFERENCE

Ferry transportation decline Cost of living and doing business Transportation Costs Housing: Not enough/Too Expensive Aging or lack of infrastructure Dependence on State oil economy Energy Costs Lack of road connectivity Lack of jobs that can support household Seasonal jobs instead of year-round Lack of childcare, 0.3 0.6,