CIRI hosted an economic development summit on Sept. 24 at the BP Energy Center. The summit began a conversation among region stakeholders about collaboration and economic development opportunities. Participants included tribal entities, ANCSA village corporations and a variety of other Alaska Native participants interested in fostering economic development in the Southcentral Alaska region.
“Collectively, organizations in the Cook Inlet region have the ability to be a significant powerhouse through collaborative proposals,” said Greg Razo, CIRI vice president, government contracting. “The conference strengthened the network of Cook Inlet region stakeholders and identified opportunities for growth in the region.”
Presenters included Anchorage Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Bill Popp, Teya Technologies LLC President and CEO Ron Perry, UAA Center for Economic Development Executive Director Christi Bell and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Business Development Officer Michael Catsi.
The mission of CIRI is to promote the economic and social well-being and Alaska Native heritage of our Shareholders, now and into the future, through prudent stewardship of the company’s resources, while furthering self-sufficiency among CIRI Shareholders and their families.
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Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) is one of 12 regional corporations established in Alaska by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. CIRI is owned by over 9,200 Shareholders, primarily of Athabascan, Southeast Indian, Inupiat, Yup’ik, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Aleut/Unangax descent.