Report outlines impact of CDQ Program
April 17, 2013
(Anchorage) – The Western Alaska Community Development Association (WACDA) recently published its 2011 report that highlights the impact of the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) program on the sixty-five eligible villages in western Alaska.
“The CDQ Program works to develop strong, sustainable, fisheries-based economies and alleviate poverty in western Alaska,” said Aggie Blandford, WACDA’s Executive Director. WACDA represents the six CDQ entities that implement the CDQ program, including the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA), the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC), the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association (CBFSA), the Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF), the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC), and the Yukon DeltaFisheries Development Association (YDFDA).
“The accomplishments achieved by the six CDQ entities over the last twenty years speak to the overwhelming success of the program. From the growth of each individual organization, development of industry partnerships, direct fishery investments, job creation, to investments in educational opportunities for eligible residents, the results of the CDQ program are significant. This report highlights some of those successes,” Blandford said.
Aggregated data on investments in human, community and economic capital illustrate the sustainability principles of the CDQ program. The six CDQ entities together provided wage and salary jobs to 2,410 individuals in 2011 with total combined payroll exceeding $45.5 million. In addition, ex-vessel payments in excess of $32.2 million were paid to more than 1,360 fishery permit holders in western Alaska, and those permit holders supported an estimated 2,000 crew member jobs. The six CDQ entities granted over $2.1 million in scholarships and invested more than $780,000 in other training and skill development opportunities to eligible residents. In 2011, the CDQ entities also madecommunity capital investments of nearly $7.3 million toward infrastructure projects andmore than $17.7 million in community benefit projects. Economic investments totaled over $151 million for the year.
More detailed information is provided in the report along with feature articles and profile data for communities represented by each CDQ entity. These articles focus on projects that highlight the range of activities the CDQ entities have undertaken, the involvement of western Alaska residents in those projects, and the impact of the CDQ program on western Alaska communities and residents.
Copies of the 2011 CDQ Program Report are available by contacting WACDA at (907)
868-7634 or visiting www.wacda.org.
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The Western Alaska Community Development Association is a 501 (c) 6 nonprofit trade association that represents the six Community Development Quota entities. WACDA was formed as the result of amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 2006, which called for an administrative panel to act as a governance and coordinating entity for the program.