Bristol Bay Organizations Host Summit to Advance Region’s Shared Vision for a Thriving Economic Future

Thursday April 4, 2019Contact:Alannah Hurley, UTBB Executive Director, (907) 843-1633

MEDIA ADVISORY: Bristol Bay Organizations Host Summit to Advance Region’s Shared Vision for a Thriving Economic Future

DILLINGHAM – United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Bristol Bay Native Association, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Bristol Bay Housing Authority, and Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation are hosting the Bristol Bay Sustainability Summit to bring the region’s residents together to make strides towards a prosperous and sustainable economy in Bristol Bay.More than 50 Bristol Bay residents, tribal/corporate/municipal leadership/staff, small business owners, & entrepreneurs are registered for the Bristol Bay Sustainability Summit on April 11 and 12 at the UAF Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham. The agenda and workshops include a dynamic mix of innovative visioning, exchange of creative ideas on economic opportunities, and educational sessions on tools and resources available to our region’s leadership, private sector, entrepreneurs and workforce. Speakers include community leaders who are spearheading successful sustainable economic endeavors and statewide champions of economic development such as former Senator Mark Begich.“Bristol Bay has the resources, the vision, and the will to continue to build a diverse, sustainable economy that enriches and honors our long-standing traditions and cultures. Bristol Bay’s people and renewable resources provide the backbone of an economy that has sustained our communities since time immemorial and can continue to do so for many generations to come,” said UTBB President Robert Heyano. “Together, we are creating the road map for our region to reach its full potential as a model of sustainable economic development and prosperity.”The two-day summit will be held at the Bristol Bay campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, and members of the media are welcome to attend. Photos and videos from the event will also be available.


Bristol Bay Native Corporation is a responsible Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, BBNC works to protect the land in Bristol Bay, celebrate the legacy of its people, and enhance the lives of its shareholders. Learn more at

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation exists to promote economic growth and opportunities for Bristol Bay residents through sustainable use of the Bering Sea fisheries.

Bristol Bay Native Association is a Unified Voice for Bristol Bay Tribes—Protecting our Culture, Building our Future.

Bristol Bay Housing Authority’s mission is to eliminate substandard housing conditions through the development of local capacities that will provide safe, decent and affordable housing opportunities for the Native population of Bristol Bay.

United Tribes of Bristol Bay is a tribal consortium representing 15 Bristol Bay tribal governments (that represent over 80 percent of the region’s total population) working to protect the Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq ways of life in Bristol Bay.