NSEDC announces $3M in community benefit shares

Three million dollars in community benefit shares announced Tuesday, Nov. 4, by the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. in Nome will benefit programs and community priorities throughout the region.

The NSEDC board voted in favor of a $200,000 community benefit share for each of the corporation’s 15 member communities. It approved $470,683 in water and sewer fund projects, and $293,557 for large infrastructure and community energy fund projects as well.

Since 1999, the private nonprofit has allocated over $35.7 million to member communities, with each municipality receiving over $2.38 million over the years for its priorities. The annual community shares are announced at the November quarterly meetings.

NSEDC receives an annual allocation for harvest in federal fisheries in the Bering Sea to provide for economic development through education, employment, training and financial assistance to its communities.

The corporation also announced board election results, with Frank Katchatag as chairman, Dan Harrelson as vice chairman, and Harvey Sookiayak as sergeant-at-arms, with Dean Peterson and Joe Garnie named to the NSEDC executive committee.

The board also swore in returning member representatives Sara Seetot from Brevig Mission, Frances Ozenna from Little Diomede, Harvey Sookiayak from Shaktoolik, Dan Harrelson from White Mountain, and Frank Katchatag from Unalakleet.