Alaska Marine Highway System
The Alaska Marine Highway connects the communities, businesses, and residents of Prince William Sound. Ensuring the future of ferry service within the region is the top priority for the PWSEDD. Find out the steps being taken to better align current and future ferry service with regional needs. more

Business Retention and Resilience
The average Prince William Sound business has been operating for less than six years. PWSEDD aims to increase business survivability by monitoring business climate issues, increasing local access to business support programs, and increasing business preparedness for economic and natural disasters. more

Workforce Readiness and Retention
Prince William Sound employers cite difficulties in locating qualified workers as well as deficiencies in applicants’ work maturity and technical skills. PWSEDD is working to address these issues in partnership with regional and statewide efforts. more

Expand the Economic Base
PWSEDD is focusing on expanding awareness of maritime infrastructure and marine support services available in the district. more

Infrastructure Development
In addition to PWSEDD’s priority focus on the Alaska Marine Highway, the district will continue to promote implementation of the Prince William Sound Regional Energy Plan as well as advocate for community priorities. more Learn about community priorities and projects here.

Regional Partnerships
PWSEDD is in the process of completing a full revision of the regional comprehensive economic development strategy. Find out more about Sound Opportunities: Economic Growth for the Prince William Sound Region 2016 – 2021. Find out more about other regional efforts here.

The Buckner Building is a former military facility being assessed for redevelopment in Whittier, Alaska.


Work began on a major expansion of the Valdez Small Boat Harbor in 2015.