COASTAL VILLAGES REGION FUND 2001-2002 Multi-Species CDQ Community Development Plan and Application Executive Summary A. NAME OF APPLICANT The Coastal Villages Region Fund ("CVRF") is the applicant for the twenty communities of the Coastal Villages region. CVRF is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alaska. Additionally, CVRF is the managing organization for the Multi-Species CDQ program. The Coastal Villages Region Fund is pleased to be able to submit this application on behalf of its member communities. The Multi-Species CDQ program will provide a wide range of benefits to the residents of the Coastal Villages region. Opportunities for employment, training, education, improvements in regional fisheries infrastructure, and investment are all contained in this application and community development plan. The Board of Directors of CVRF looks forward to the State review process and to answer any questions that may arise during the State's analysis of the application. B. TABLE OF TOTAL CDQ AND PSQ ALLOCATION REQUEST IN % TARGET % Pollock 25 Halibut 4B 4C 4D 24 4E 70 Bristol Bay red king crab 25 Norton Sound king crab Pribilof red and blue king crab St. Matthews blue king crab 25 Bering Sea C. Opilio tanner crab 25 Bering Sea C. Bairdi tanner crab 25 Pacific cod 25 Sablefish - BS (fixed) Sablefish - AI (fixed) 30 Turbot - BS (trawl) 25 Turbot - AI (trawl) 25 Atka mackerel - WE 25 Atka mackerel - CE 25 Atka mackerel - EA 25 Yellowfin sole 25 Flathead sole 25 Other flats 25 Rock sole 25 NON TARGET Arrowtooth flounder 25 Sablefish - BS (trawl) 25 Sablefish - AI (trawl) 25 POP - True BS 25 POP - Other 25 TRUE POP - WAI 25 TRUE POP - C AI TRUE POP - E AI Sharpchin/Northern 25 Shortraker/ Rougheye - AI 25 Other rockfish - BS 25 Other rockfish - AI 25 Other Species 25 PSQ Halibut 25 Opilio tanner crab 25 Tanner Zone 1 # 25 Tanner Zone 2 # 25 Red king Zone 1 # 25 Chinook # 25 Other Salmon # 25 TOTAL C. COMMUNITIES REPRESENTED WITHIN THE APPLICATION The following twenty communities are members of the Coastal Villages Region Fund and are represented in this application: Chefornak Chevak Eek Goodnews Bay Hooper Bay Kipnuk Kongiganak Kwigillingok Mekoryuk Napakiak Napaskiak Newtok Nightmute Oscarville Platinum Quinhagak Scammon Bay Toksook Bay Tuntutuliak Tununak D. DESCRIPTION OF THE MANAGING ORGANIZATION The managing entity for the 2001-2002 Multi-Species CDQ program for the twenty villages of the Coastal Villages region is the Coastal Villages Region Fund ("CVRF"). The Year 2000 saw the consolidation of CVRF’s main functions in its headquarters office located in Anchorage. Together with its growing satellite office in Bethel, management is in a strategic position to bring the full range of benefits afforded by the CDQ program to its member communities. Currently, CVRF has the administrative infrastructure necessary to support its programs and investments, including Executive Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, CDQ Quota Management, and Economic Development. The maturing of these management and programmatic functions can be seen in the results achieved by CVRF recently. At the beginning of this year, CVRF made two major investments - in American Seafoods, LP, the largest offshore fishing and processing company operating in the Bering Sea and in the Ocean Prowler, a highly successful freezer- longline vessel. That CVRF was to complete the analyses of these two investment opportunities, obtain financing, meet State and Federal regulatory requirements, and close both investments within 10 days of each other is a testament to the company’s high level of sophistication. During this same period, CVRF, through its subsidiary Coastal Villages Seafoods, LLC (“CVS”), commenced management of salmon and halibut processing operations in five separate locations. Despite the logistical problems of such a far ranging operation, CVS was able to maintain firm control of the overall operation. Fishermen and processing workers were paid, fish was processed, transported, sold, and improvements to the processing facilities were completed. In fact, CVRF was nominated as a candidate for “Exporter of the Year” in 1999 recognizing its efforts to bring its member communities into the forefront of development of locally-available fisheries resources. Additionally, CVRF successfully managed its CDQ quota, by remaining within allocation levels for all species. This was the first full year of having to manage the full suite of CDQ fisheries and the harvesting was completed without any significant problems. While CVRF sees continued growth in each of the areas described above, one particular effort needs to be highlighted - CVRF’s regional economic development program. With the hiring of a senior economic development specialist in Anchorage, a second position in Bethel, and with the assistance of several other members of the staff, CVRF has taken on the role of developing economic opportunities for the entire region. This function is critical in a region the size of Coastal Villages’ as there is no other entity looking at the overall development of the communities. Experience has shown that a separate and disorganized approach to economic development does not take advantage of the available opportunities to create jobs and wealth in the region. Two examples will suffice to show the importance of some organization taking on this role that CVRF has accepted. First is the Regional Port Facility that is being studied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in conjunction with the City of Mekoryuk and CVRF. This facility, justified exclusively by the economic activity it will generate in Mekoryuk and on Nunivak Island, will not meet the Corps’ requirements for a positive cost-benefit ratio. However, by expanding the project to include all of the economic activity that will be generated in the Coastal Villages region and beyond may provide a basis for obtaining federal construction funds. The change in focus from single community to regional was initiated by CVRF. CVRF sponsored a regional workshop on the project and continues to work with the Corps as it pursues this broader approach. The second example is even more far-reaching. CVRF is taking its responsibility of providing benefits to its member communities seriously. This requires more than lip service or a fifteen minute meeting with the community to obtain a supporting resolution. CVRF staff, under the direction of the Economic Development Department, began a long term planning process with each of the member communities, entitled: “Ciunerkam Tangruarutii” or “Looking Towards the Future.” CVRF staff prepared materials and presentations to explain the CDQ program and the types of benefits that the CDQ program could bring to the communities. Village-based steering committees were formed that made preparations for the public meetings. Three meetings were held in each of the twenty communities - a village-wide meeting, a presentation in the high school and one at the middle school. At the public meeting, the community conducted a visioning session identifying what kind of opportunities should be pursued. This process will continue with a follow up meeting inviting all of the steering committees to a regional meeting this fall to discuss the results of the community meetings and to begin to implement the recommendations that are received. Some of the recommendations are fisheries-related and are contained elsewhere in this CDP. Others are currently off limits to CVRF involvement. But even for these, CVRF’s Economic Development Department is in a position to direct community leaders in the right direction. What is important to take from these examples is CVRF’s commitment to provide the benefits from the CDQ program to its communities, obtain community direction on its programs and priorities, and have the management structure in place to be able to do a credible job. The process begun this spring will not be completed in time for the final results to be a part of this CDP submittal - with twenty communities it is by necessity a longer term process. To read more about “Ciunerkam Tangruarutii”, see Appendix Z. E. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN As has been reported in the 1998-2000 CDP, the CVRF Board met during1998 to undertake a visioning process. There, the board to identified the overall purpose of the company, its core values, vision for the future, and strategic initiatives to achieve the vision. The vision and the strategic initiatives form the basis of CVRF's programs. The board will continue to use the results of the visioning process to better explain its purpose to its member communities and why it needs to retain, and increase, the level of CDQ allocations that it has received over the first seven years of the CDQ program. Purpose To be successful in the fishing industry so that we can promote economic development in the CVRF region. Core Values From our history to date and from the commitments that we all share now about the future, we have defined the values that should guide all of our activities and staff in the years to come. They are listed in order of importance. These are our core values: Maximum return on allocation Positive Leadership Respect for and support of the people in our region Teamwork Protecting our way of life Our Vision Become a key player in the Bering Sea Fisheries and human resource development so that there is sustainable economic and commercial development of the local resources in the CVRF region. Strategic Initiatives 4-Site Program Bering Sea Initiative Protecting the allocation Village community development projects Joint ventures with fishing companies For the 1998-2000 period, CVRF employed three goals to further substantiate its purpose and its vision for the future. To improve the social conditions of the Coastal Villages region by creating human resources programs that provide entry-level employment and advancement, a wide range of training programs, scholarships, internships, and apprenticeships that will be self-sustaining over time. To enter into the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish and crab fisheries as an active participant on a similar basis to the other sectors of the fishing industry. To develop the fisheries resources of the Coastal Villages region to the maximum extent economically feasible. CVRF can point to a multitude of accomplishments in support of these goals. Coastal Villages Seafoods entry into the region’s salmon and halibut fisheries, Coastal Villages Pollock’s investment in American Seafoods and Coastal Villages Longlines’ investment in the Ocean Prowler are a few examples of specific projects leading to the achievement of these goals. For the 2001-2002 allocation period, CVRF’s will continue to strive towards meeting these general goals, but also commits itself to more specific goals aimed at achieving the purposes of the CDQ program. For the 2001-2002 period, CVRF will: • Maintain continuous improvement in all operations of the Board of Directors, Management, and the 4-SITE Program components. • Increase its involvement in the offshore fisheries, by making new investments in some fisheries and increasing its equity in others. • Participate in the region’s commercial fisheries serving more communities and becoming involved in more businesses that support the industry. • Provide benefits to its member communities through “Ciunerkam Tangruarutii” and the support and development of projects such as the Regional Port Facility. Each of the strategic initiatives identified through the visioning and “Ciunerkam Tangruarutii” processes is intended to achieve one or more of these goals. By meeting these goals, CVRF will be a key player in the Bering Sea fisheries, will provide the maximum opportunities for the residents of its region, will provide maximum benefits to its member communities, and it will achieve its vision. Comprehensive Milestone Table 1. Proposed Projects Year Project/Milestone 2001/2002 Offshore Harvesting, Processing, and Investment Program 2001/2002 Groundfish Vessel Investments - Proposed • Investigate vessels or vessel owning companies in the freezer-longlining category • Complete financial analysis of investment opportunities • Evaluate resource issues involving the species targeted, regulatory environment, biological status, allocative situation, and commercial value • Monitor investments in offshore harvesting vessels on weekly and quarterly basis 2001/2002 Crab Vessel Investments - Proposed • Make an investment in a second crab vessel. • Maintain two crew members on vessel during CDQ fishing and at least one crew member during open access fishing. • Participate in opilio crab, Bristol Bay king crab, and St. Matthew king crab open access and CDQ fisheries. • Achieve minimum rate of return. • Prepare financial statements and tax returns for new LLC • Monitor investments in offshore harvesting vessels on weekly and quarterly basis. 2001/2002 Inshore Harvesting, Processing, and Investment Program 2001/2002 Shoreside Processing Development - Proposed • Expand halibut buying operations in one additional communities - Hooper Bay • Purchase at least 200,000 pounds of halibut • Operate using local work force only • Have each plant operational by June 1 • Operate professionally, including proper accounting, efficient employment and crew replacement, efficient decision-making, successful marketing, and good communications 2001/2002 Commercial Fisheries Support Businesses - Proposed • Purchase one or more tender vessels to support the shoreside processing projects. • Start up one or more businesses that support the Inshore Program - potential businesses include gear suppliers, construction contractors, repair services. • Provide training for local residents to operate the support businesses. 2001/2002 Infrastructure Development Program 2001/2002 Infrastructure Development - Proposed • Provide technical assistance and organizational support during planning stages of the Regional Port Facility. • Provide matching funds for the project as it develops through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers process. • Support infrastructure projects identified through the “Ciunerkam Tangruarutii” process. 2. Active Projects 2001/2002 4-SITE Program 2001/2002 4-SITE Project and Support Services • 25- 35 scholarships are awarded for academic or vocational training related to careers in the fishing industry. • 2-4 interns/ 4-6 apprentices are placed in CVRF affiliated CDQ business partners. • 10-12 CVRF residents are trained in technical skills related to careers in the fishing industry • Continue implementation of the Employment facilitation program with the following milestones: 2–4 new employers join CVRF’s employment facilitation network for CVRF residents’ training and job placement. Recruitment, selection, management, and training of 2-4 recruiters and 15 administrative/management. Develop and conduct Business Plan Development and Operations Management training for subsidiary employees and village partner organizations. Annual recruitment and placement of following crew: 12 crab, 14 crab processing, 40 bottom trawling, 12 Pacific cod, 6 sablefish/halibut, 115 Pollock, 50 halibut processing, 120 salmon processing, 14 value-added, 50 non-CDQ processing. Participate in 8-12 Local Advisory Council (State Workforce Investment Board) meetings to create active network of job referral and placements. • CVRF sponsors Junior Achievement of Alaska in member villages and facilitates expansion of program throughout YK Delta. • Initiate and maintain Coastal Villages Youth Leadership Program in 16-20 villages. • Initiate and maintain Rural Education Adult Development (READ) program for village residents. • Outgoing new crew members are invited to participate in the Coastal Villages’ “Orientation for Success.” • 16-20 Unity Councils are initiated for the village youth. 2001/2002 Offshore Harvesting, Processing, and Investment Program 2001/2002 Groundfish Vessel Investments - Active • Kokopelli will employ three people from the region by the end of the season. The new crew member will receive training in longlining needed to achieve full crew member status. • Kokopelli and CVLLLC will provide an analysis prior to the season outlining the maximum capacity of the Ocean Harvester to harvest target species. Goal setting plans to reach these quotas will be made and, if necessary, additional quota investments will be considered to round out the fishing year. • Preseason financial goals will be set including no additional capital infusion and rate of return for fishing season. • A CVRF region crew member will be identified for long term commitment to work on an iceboat with IFQs and CDQ and a plan laid out for the individual’s investment in the Ocean Harvester or similar type vessel. • Monitor investments in offshore harvesting vessels on weekly and quarterly basis. • Ocean Prowler will employ four people from the region by the end of the season. The new crew member will receive training in longlining needed to achieve full crew member status. • Ocean Prowler and CVLLLC will provide an analysis prior to the season outlining the maximum capacity of the Ocean Prowler to harvest target species. Goal setting plans to reach these quotas will be made and, if necessary, additional quota investments will be considered to round out the fishing year. • Preseason financial goals will be set including no additional capital infusion and rate of return for fishing season. • Monitor investments in offshore harvesting vessels on weekly and quarterly basis. 2001/2002 Crab Vessel Investments -Active • Maintain two crew members on vessel during CDQ fishing and at least one crew member during open access fishing. Χ Monitor investments in offshore harvesting vessels on weekly and quarterly basis. 2001/2002 Pollock Vessel Investments -Active • Analyze and, if determined beneficial, increase ownership interest in American Seafoods above the 20% level. • American Seafoods will offer employment to in excess of 50 people in all aspects of the American Seafoods business. • CVPLLC will participate on the American Seafoods board to further the purposes of the company and to further the goals of the CDQ program for the Coastal Villages region. • Preseason financial goals will be set including no additional capital infusion and rate of return for the fishing season. Χ Monitor investments in offshore harvesting vessels on weekly and quarterly basis. 2001/2002 Inshore Harvesting, Processing, and Investment Program 2001/2002 Shoreside Processing Facilities - Active • For Kuskokwim salmon Make determination about expansion of Kuskokwim salmon program into the mainstem of the river. Based upon the expansion decision, purchase salmon in all Kuskokwim fishing districts. Expand quality control program Capital investment in ownership in facilities operating salmon processing business Expand value-added production Conduct successful employment and training program, including filling all available positions with local hire, up to 3 internships, and on-the-job training Obtain fishermen loyalty of 75% of Goodnews Bay fishermen and 60% of other region fishermen Operate professionally, including proper accounting, efficient employment and crew replacement, efficient decision-making, successful marketing, and good communications Χ For Area 4E halibut project: Purchase at least 200,000 pounds of halibut Operate with local work force only Have each plant operating by June 1 Operate professionally, including proper accounting, efficient employment and crew replacement, efficient decision-making, successful marketing, and good communications • For Bering Sea herring Offer technical assistance to the regional herring associations. Support efforts of the regional herring associations and fishermen in ways agreed to by CVRF and the fishermen. Χ Develop at least one additional village-based community development projects. Χ Monitor investments in inshore fisheries on a weekly and quarterly basis. 2001/2002 Sportfish Guiding Service • Manage Arolik River LLC to agreed standards of success • Establish human resources development goals identified for CVALLC and region • Explore possible expansion of guiding service to other rivers within region. 2001/2002 Loan Programs 2001/2002 Fisheries Retention Project Χ Through CVIF: Establish CVIF/CVRF loan program serving needs of fisheries-related businesses in region. Assist fishermen in the purchase of additional halibut and sablefish Quota Shares. Provide a loan to one additional aluminum welding business and other fisheries-related businesses. Provide loan criteria, policies, and procedures Conduct a major outreach initiative to promote the loan program through local newspapers and CVRF Quarterly newsletters. Loan committee to meet quarterly to discuss loan program, review applications, and address areas needing modification. 2001/2002 Tax and Permit Assistance Program 2001/2002 Fisheries Retention Project Χ Support VITA program in at least six villages during the tax filing season. Χ Assist taxpayers who are in danger of losing their permits. Χ Obtain permits for fishermen from the CVRF region. 2001/2002 CVRF Development Project 2001/2002 CVRF Development Project • Conduct on-going analysis of capabilities of staff, board, resources in the region, and performance. • Maintain “Standards of Leadership” for Board of Directors. • Develop system of 360 degree performance feedback for senior management. • Develop and maintain Continuous Improvement (CI) Model for Board, Management and 4-SITE Program activities. • Conduct an annual Board retreat. • Meet outreach goals, including notices to communities, newsletters, and newspaper articles. 2001-2002 Outreach Plan 2001-2002 Outreach Project • Host monthly 30 minute “Alaska Rural Development 2000” program on ARCS • Quarterly newsletter publication continues. • Sponsor Native News and Weather on KYUK. • 6-8 village potlatches are sponsored • Website of all CVRF affiliated organizations is designed and made accessible via the internet • Initiate Emerging Leaders Program, conduct pilot project for 10-20 participants from villages • 5-6 bi-monthly informational articles are submitted to the Tundra Drums for publication*** • CVRF sponsors Junior Achievement of Alaska in member villages and facilitates expansion of program throughout YK Delta • CVRF participates in development of interorganizational committee for regional training initiatives. • CVRF interns design and complete village-based improvement project that supports or compliments a goal identified in CVRF’s CDP. • CVRF works with industry HR Coalition to establish FishNet, an interactive, computer-based school-to-work curriculum 2001/2002 Administration 2001/2002 Administration • Adopt an annual budget and submit to the State by December 15 • Maintain spending at levels authorized by budget and submit amendments to cover unexpected expenses. • Maintain existing levels of office staffing and only expand staff where a recognized need has been identified. • Maintain office equipment and supplies in top condition. • Provide services to the projects sponsored by CVRF and its subsidiary companies. • Complete evaluations of staff in a timely manner. • Conduct quarterly meetings of the board of directors and monthly meetings of the Executive Committee. • Submit quarterly and annual reports, financial audits, and meet other regulatory deadlines. • Prepare and submit application for the 2003 CDQ allocation process in a timely manner. 2001/2002 CVIF • Ensure that CVIF receives its credit as receivable under the Alaska Landing Tax Credit program from its partners. • Begin enforcing policies and procedures as designed in the recently established CVIF Grant Program. • Perform a region-wide advertisement regarding the newly established grant guidelines and application procedures. • Conduct quarterly meetings to review grants submitted by eligible grantees for approval and discuss areas needing program administrative adjustment. • Perform assurance tests on grantees to identify fiscal and administrative capabilities of applicants. • Monitor performance of grants and assure compliance of grant reporting requirements. • Approve no less than (4) feasible proposals that meet the funds criteria established under the Alaska Landing Tax Credit program statute and regulations. • Provide technical assistance to denied applicants by making referrals to outside agencies capable of meeting their programmatic needs. 2001/2002 Passive Investments • All investments are to be made in compliance with CVRF investment policy • All cash and cash equivalents earn a 4% rate of return for short-term holdings. • All cash and cash equivalents earn an 8% rate of return for investments of more than one year. • Budgeted revenues and budgeted expenses analyzed to manage cash-flow and cash needs. • Cash in balanced portfolio consistent with investment policy. 2001/2002 CDQ Contract Management • Ensure that each royalty contract with harvesting partners is in full force and effect. • Obtain approvals for amendments to the royalty contracts as necessary and appropriate. • Monitor performance of harvesting partners and inform them of compliance issues. • Ensure that royalty payments are being made according to contract terms. • Negotiate contracts for the 2003 – allocation period. 2001/2002 CDQ Quota Management • Monitor pollock and multi-species allocations • Prepare CDQ harvest activity and status reports • Ensure that CVRF is in compliance with Federal, State, local regulatory and legal requirements. F. DESCRIPTION OF THE CDQ PROJECTS 1. The 4-SITE Program. The 4-SITE Program consists of one project: 4-SITE Project The 4-SITE Program attempts to make relevant to our economic success the integration of our human resources project elements (scholarship, internship, training and employment). It is about developing resources beyond the bounds of our own projects. 4-SITE continues to place emphasis on making relationships, using positive influence, and working with others toward sustainable outcomes. This approach uniquely responds to the social, economic, political and cultural issues at hand, yet holds to the principles and premises of successful program implementation. In this CDP, new examples of collaboration continue to emerge in very different situations and arenas. Each one emphasizes the capacity and commitment of residents, civic leaders, and the CVRF organization to create positive and useful change through working together. 2. The Offshore Fisheries Harvesting, Processing, and Investment Program. The Offshore Fisheries Harvesting, Processing, and Investment Program consists of five projects: Groundfish Vessel Investments - Proposed; Groundfish Vessel Investments - Active; Crab Vessel Investments - Proposed; Crab Vessel Investments - Active; Pollock Vessel Investments - Active. The CVRF Board has identified seven reasons why continued investment in the offshore fisheries would benefit member communities and their residents. This list included the following: Χ There are limited opportunities to create new fishery-related employment opportunities and businesses within the region, especially as they relate to the groundfish and crab fisheries of the Bering Sea. Χ A major tenet of the CDQ program is to use the allocations to bootstrap into these fisheries that are otherwise out of the financial reach of these fishermen and communities. Χ Active participation in the CDQ fisheries lends legitimacy to the entire CDQ program through investing the proceeds from fishing activities and sharing the risk with industry partners. Χ By having equity positions in the fis heries, there are greater opportunities for employment, advancement, and developing the experience to have self-sustaining involvement in these fisheries. Χ Active participation provides the best opportunities for decision-making and risk analysis by the board, which will enable them to judge their decisions and learn from the consequences. Χ Investment provides income from profit-sharing that can be used for various community development projects. Χ And finally, if the CDQ program is terminated, active involvement in the offshore fisheries can be sustained indefinitely. Nothing has changed in the past year that has put these reasons in question. In fact, they seem to be more valid than ever. Taking this direction, CVRF invested in American Seafoods, LP and in the Ocean Prowler. While CVRF has yet to see significant income generated from these investments - we only completed the investments in January - the potential is extraordinary. Based upon the results to date, by becoming a key player in the Bering Sea fisheries, the level of benefits to the communities that CVRF’s CDP can provide appears to be limitless. However, in order to solidify its position in the Bering Sea fisheries, CVRF is proposing two additions to its investment portfolio and an increase in participation in a third. During the 2001-2002 period, CVRF will investigate, and if the investment opportunities make economic sense, invest in a second crab catcher vessel, a second factory longline vessel, and will increase its ownership interest in American Seafoods. As part of our planning process, CVRF is requesting an increase in its pollock, crab, and Pacific cod allocations. The requested allocation levels can be justified not only to support these new investments, but also by reviewing CVRF’s recent accomplishments and the benefits that it is providing to its member communities. 3. Inshore and Nearshore Fisheries Harvesting, Processing, and Investment Program. The Inshore and Nearshore Fisheries Harvesting, Processing, and Investment Program consists of five projects: Shoreside Processing Development - Proposed; Shoreside Processing Development - Active; Commercial Fisheries Support Businesses - Proposed; and Sportfish Guiding Services - Active. Salmon and Halibut - Begun in earnest in 1999 and expanded in 2000, CVRF’s involvement in the region’s salmon and halibut fisheries will take off during the 2001-2002 period. During 1999, CVS hired a custom processor to process salmon in Goodnews Bay and cut a limited number of pounds at the Quinhagak facility. It also began its own halibut operations at Toksook Bay, Tununak, and Mekoryuk. During 2000, CVS will be increasing its production at Quinhagak and will be adding halibut processing at Chefornak. Plans to add a fifth halibut facility at Kipnuk has been delayed due to the proposed listing of eiders pursuant to the Endangered Species Act. CVRF is working with the USF&WS and the Economic Development Administration to meet the requirements of the ESA and begin construction of the Kipnuk plant. Additionally, planning has begun for a sixth halibut facility, this one located in Hooper Bay. While these steps are beginning to make a significant impact on the member communities through control of harvesting and processing of the major locally available fisheries resources, CVS plans include further expansion during the next allocation period. These include - • CVS needs to support its member fishermen in communities up the Kuskokwim River. It has entered into an agreement with Arctic Salmon to consider taking over the operations of the plant in Bethel. At the conclusion of the 2000 season, CVS will make a careful study of the pros and cons of this expansion and a decision will be made by the end of the year about operating in the mainstem of the river. • CVS needs to increase its involvement in more aspects of the commercial salmon and halibut business. As CVS enters its second year of operation, the money leakages are becoming more and more apparent. For example, tendering is a significant cost in a salmon operation. During 2000, CVS had to hire 4 tender boats to service the Kuskokwim Bay fishery. With expansion into the Kuskokwim River, this number will expand even more. CVS needs to invest in tender boats so that the money being spent is retained within the region for a longer period of time. Commercial fishing gear is another component where the money just flows out of the region. Marketing is another good example. In some cases, CVS is paying others to market its halibut and salmon at a commission. These funds could be used to support local employment and, again, retain the money in the region rather than seeing it leak to outside contractors. • Finally, in order to obtain the maximum value from the salmon and halibut resources, retain more money in the communities, and employ a more skilled workforce, CVS has entered into an agreement in 2000 with Copper River Seafoods for producing salmon fillets and halibut fletches in Quinhagak and Mekoryuk. An added benefit of this approach is to reduce transportation costs of finished product - one of the main money leakages. If successful, this program will be expanded to all of the halibut plants and to the Bethel salmon operation (assuming CVS takes over operations there) in 2001. Herring - Since the beginning of the CDQ program, Coastal Villages has been looking at ways to participate in the region’s six herring fisheries. Given their short duration and ever decreasing value, opportunities for participation are limited. CVRF has done what it can by assisting the regional herring associations find markets, support their administration, and assist in the purchase of fishing gear. Two of the herring associations have requested aluminum welding equipment and materials to repair fishing boats. CVRF will continue its support of the associations. If tender boats are purchased for the salmon operations, they also can be used on a charter basis to the herring processors. CVRF will begin organizing meetings of the herring associations later this fall to develop strategies for bringing more value from these fisheries. The expansion of the commercial fisheries businesses will require substantial financial commitments by CVRF. However, the benefits to the communities that will be achieved far exceed what has been seen to date. Again, for these reasons and for its expanded offshore investment program described in the previous section, CVRF is requesting an increase in its allocation of its pollock, crab, and Pacific cod allocations. And, if the halibut program is going to reach its potential - support of the halibut plants in Toksook Bay, Tununak, Mekoryuk, Kipnuk, Quinhagak, and Hooper Bay and over 650 CDQ card holding fishermen - CVRF’s Area 4E and 4D allocations must remain constant. 4. Infrastructure Program. The Infrastructure Program consists of one project: Infrastructure Development - Proposed One of the exciting new development opportunities currently in the planning stages that will benefit the region’s fisheries as well as other economic activity is the Regional Port Facility. Potentially located near the community of Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island, such a facility would provide an excellent location to support an expanded fish processing operation, in addition to lowering the costs for fuel and goods headed towards Coastal Villages member communities. To date, CVRF has supported this project through matching funds for initial Corps of Engineers studies as well as to bring a regional focus to the project. In February, CVRF held a meeting of representatives from all of the affected communities where there was general support for the project. There are a lot of questions to be answered, including whether the project can support a positive cost-benefit ratio. However, through CVRF’s involvement, the pieces are being put in place to see the project succeed. Increased CDQ allocations will ensure that CVRF has the funds to match federal planning and construction dollars. In addition to the Regional Port Facility, through the “Ciunerkam Tangruarutii” process, CVRF will be identifying additional infrastructure projects that will be implemented during the upcoming allocation period. 5. Loan Programs . The Loan Program makes up a portion of one project: Fisheries Retention - Active. The CVRF region is one of the most capital poor regions of the nation. Individuals simply do not have the capital to improve their relative position in the fishing industry. Most commercial fisheries simply provide enough cash to cover expenses and maybe afford a new motor, gear, or in good years, an upgraded vessel. As a result, commercial banks have been unwilling to provide sufficient loans to the region's fishermen. To address this problem, CVRF created and has been participating in loan programs that will provide assistance to fishermen to: 1) purchase commercial fishing equipment (e.g., motors, boats, etc.), through contributions to the AVCP Revolving Loan Program and coordination with Alaska Village Initiatives; 2) purchase halibut or sablefish Quota Shares so that the fishermen can vest in the offshore fisheries; and 3) provide assistance to onshore fisheries- related businesses. Other than the fishermen who participate in the Bristol Bay herring and salmon fisheries and the new opportunities provided by the CDQ program, virtually all Coastal Villages region fishermen operate in one or more of the three nearshore and inriver fisheries with 18-24 wooden or aluminum skiffs. Improving the harvesting sector creates benefits by producing a better product from the region; however, the low value of these fisheries do not provide enough capital to support investments in larger vessels. Programs to improve the harvesting sector must be accomplished carefully and must be able to be supported through the value of the fishery resources harvested. Through its investment in the AVCP Revolving Loan Fund, CVRF has provided some ability for fishermen to access loan funds, which may not otherwise have been available through commercial lenders. Unfortunately, due to the requirements of the AVCP loan fund and inconsistent management, CVRF has concluded that another type of loan program is necessary. CVRF’s Economic Development Department is investigating loan program models used by other CDQ groups and will be implementing a program by the start of the upcoming allocation period. The major concern with any loan program is the security of the loaned funds. CVRF does not want a loan program to turn into a grant program as that is not fair to the other residents of the region who do not receive a loan. The other components of CVRF’s existing loan programs will be incorporated into the new program once it is established. The next component of CVRF's loan program to fishermen and processors is for the purchase of Quota Shares. The entire halibut and sablefish Quota Share program is a marginal economic enterprise. Costs of purchasing Quota Shares are very high and the return is low. In some cases, the period of amortization is fifteen years. This is a very long planning horizon for fishermen wishing to make longlining their profession. However, access to the halibut and sablefish resources in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea can only be obtained through purchase of Quota Shares. For fishermen who show an interest in this line of work, CVRF will continue to provide support through long term low interest loans. The third and final component of CVRF's loan program covers loans to fisheries-support businesses. To date, CVRF has provided one grant and two loans for the purchase of aluminum welding equipment to start boat repair and boat building businesses. The first part of the program is to assist individuals who want training in aluminum welding. For certificated graduates, CVRF requires the preparation of a business plan. And, based upon the plan, loans are provided. Demand for village-based aluminum welding businesses is growing as more fishermen turn to aluminum vessels. Scammon Bay’s multi-purpose training and aluminum welding facility is just the kind of project that is needed to address this demand. 6. Tax and Permit Assistance Program. The Tax and Permit Program makes up a portion of one project: Fisheries Retention - Active. CVRF's fifth program associated with the Multi-Species CDQ program is its tax and permit assistance program. This is an ongoing program aimed at assisting commercial fishermen to meet their tax obligations without losing their valuable fishing rights to the IRS. The program also works with fishermen to obtain commercial fishing permits so that the permits remain in the region and retain the economic opportunity at the local level. The various aspects of this program include: 1) supporting the University of Alaska/Alaska Business Development Center's VITA program; 2) assisting commercial fishermen who receive a tax levy retain their permits through loan program or payment schedules; and 3) providing assistance for fishermen to identify available fishing permits and developing the means to purchase the permits. Over the past four years, CVRF has provided these types of services to the region's fishermen. The VITA program visited six communities in 2000 and served nearly 650 fishermen. Several fishermen who were in jeopardy of losing their fishing permits have been assisted and their permits will be retained. The IRS is concentrating some of its efforts on the Kuskokwim Region as it is an area where they view delinquent taxpayers as relatively easy pickings. 7. CVRF Development Program. The CVRF Development Program includes one project: the CVRF Development Project. The CVRF Development Program activities strive to answer the question “how can we best accomplish extraordinary things?” The project activities focus on building an organizational culture based on four cornerstone ideas: challenge the process, inspire a shared vision, model the way, and collaborate with the member villages. The operating philosophy is grounded in continuous improvement (CI) which, for this allocation period, includes new governance structures, new vehicles for exchanging information, new systems for measuring success, and new ways to integrate traditional and corporate learning. 8. Outreach Program. The Outreach Program includes one project: the Outreach Project. CVRF’s Outreach Plan is a grassroots communication initiative with three goals: 1) exchange of information; 2) combine planning and problem solving; and 3) shape positive images. These goals are accomplished through a series of community activities, partnerships with region tribal, state, federal, and private service agencies, facilitation of village involvement in CVRF program improvements, and media outreach. At the core, the outreach project initiatives provide an opportunity to build good working relationships among many people in order to establish a deeper sense of shared responsibility for our collective future. 9. Administration Program. The Administration Program includes five projects: Administration; CVIF; Passive Investments; CDQ Quota Management; and CDQ Contract Monitoring. CVRF’s Administrative Program includes the management of CVRF and the direct services that are provided to the subsidiary organizations. Tasks that are included are among the following: regulatory compliance; financial management; internal human resources management; advocacy; legal; and fisheries consultant services. As part of the regulatory compliance task, CVRF employs a CDQ Quota Manager to monitor CDQ harvests and make adjustments to maximize the value of the CDQ allocations. As part of the financial management task, CVRF makes investments in stocks and bonds and other passive investments consistent with its Investment Policy. These investments require constant monitoring to ensure a good return is realized by CVRF. Finally, CVRF enters into royalty contracts with its partner companies. Negotiation, contract monitoring, and partnership relations are critical to the success of the CVRF program. G. MANAGEMENT STRATEGY TO ACCOMPLISH THE CDQ PROJECTS CVRF's Multi-Species CDP contains nine projects that are to be undertaken during the two year allocation period. How CVRF intends to manage each of these projects is described below: Χ 4-SITE PROGRAM The 4-SITE Program was established in 1995 through the work of CVRF and its partners. Since the idea was conceived, the program has expanded and improved to provide an integrated network of activities and services which support the goals of our CDP. During this allocation period the Program will be managed under the guidance of the CVRF Senior Management Team and supported by an HR Management Specialist, an Employment Manager, 3-4 Recruiters, 2-3 Community Outreach/Project Coordinators, a Career Development Specialist, 2 Administrative Assistants, and twenty village liaisons. Also participating in furthering the program goals are the CVRF Board of Directors, the Local Advisory Council of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, seafood industry partners, and a variety of public, private, and state organizations. CVRF is fully capable of managing the expansion of the program that is contemplated as part of the Multi-Species CDQ program. It has dedicated the necessary resources to manage the program, train and manage the people involved, and provide the identified services in the communities. Χ OFFSHORE FISHERIES HARVESTING, PROCESSING, AND INVESTMENT PROGRAM This program covers all of CVRF's offshore harvesting, processing, and investment projects. With the institution of the Multi-Species program, CVRF redesigned its organizational structure to segregate its projects into specific program categories. As to the offshore harvesting, processing, and investment program, there are two basic components: CDQ royalty/license relationships with companies that will be harvesting and processing CDQ allocated to CVRF and ownership interests in vessels or companies that will participate in the harvesting and processing sectors. CVRF plans to increase its participation in most CDQ fisheries as an equity owner, including additional crab and Pacific cod harvesting capacity as well as an increase its ownership interest in American Seafoods. Χ INSHORE FISHERIES HARVESTING, PROCESSING, AND INVESTMENT PROGRAM CVRF began active management of the projects contained within the Inshore Fisheries Harvesting, Processing, and Investment Program in 1999. Support for the halibut and salmon operations is provided through the combined efforts of the Executive Director/CVS Manager, Financial Manager, the Halibut Plants Superintendent, the Quinhagak Plant Manager, and the Bethel Operations Manager. This structure, initiated in 1999 and expanded for the 2000 season is capable of successfully operating these projects. The herring project will be managed by the Senior Economic Development Specialist, with assistance from the Financial Manager. Portions of the Commercial Fisheries Support Business project will be spearheaded by the CVS Manager and the Senior Economic Development Specialist. Those involved in directly supporting the salmon and halibut fisheries (e.g., tendering) will be the responsibility of the CVS team. Those that involve creation of new businesses will be headed by the Economic Development Department. Management of the other projects that are part of the inshore fisheries program will be assigned as they develop. • INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM The Infrastructure Development Program will be led by the Senior Economic Development Specialist. The key to success in managing this program (as well as portions of the inshore program, above) is to become intimately familiar with all of the economic development initiatives that are currently underway or proposed for the region. With the myriad of government agencies and private companies involved in economic development, having a handle on the full range of activities is necessary to avoid duplication and combine the available resources into supporting workable projects. Too often in rural Alaska the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Consequently, CVRF has set up its infrastructure development program by funneling information through a single individual who can then see the big picture and access the appropriate resources for any given project. A good example of how this works is the development of the Regional Port Facility. Where once the local supporters of the project were looking to various entities for pieces of the project, it is now organized under one entity (Corps of Engineers). Funding and planning efforts are being coordinated and duplication and waste are being eliminated. Χ LOAN PROGRAMS AND TAX AND PERMIT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM CVRF, and CVIF in the case of some of the loan programs and AVCP in the case of the revolving loan fund, have been managing these programs under current CDPs. These projects are currently being managed by Ms. Jolene John, CVRF Senior Economic Development Specialist, with the assistance of Robert C. Williams, Director of Finance and Mr. Moses Tulim, Community Outreach/Project Coordinator. To date, the program has provided tax preparation services for fishermen in six localities annually (serving the immediate and surrounding villages) and is assisting individuals with tax and permit issues. Ms. John and her colleagues will be working to improve and possibly expand the services offered under this program. • OUTREACH PLAN CVRF’s Outreach Plan is managed by several different staff positions. The newsletter is prepared by a contract employee in Bethel and the Administrative Assistant in Anchorage. The Alaska Junior Achievement and UNITY Council programs are delivered in community schools by the twenty village liaisons under the guidance of Community Outreach/Project Coordinators. The potlatches are coordinated by the Community Outreach/Project Coordinators and again supported by the village liaisons and the 4-SITE program staff out of Anchorage and Bethel. Implementation of the Emerging Leaders Program will be supported by 4-SITE staff and the Senior Management Team. Each of these initiatives is on-going and will continue to expand opportunities for staff, Board, and village residents to collaborate in the future. • CVRF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AND ADMINISTRATION CVRF has created a management team to support its administration and to provide direct services to its subsidiary companies. The management team includes the Executive Director, Financial Department, Human Resources Department, CDQ Quota Manager, and a Senior Management Team made up of subsidiary operations managers, business consultant, and legal advisor. Management of the loan portfolio is the responsibility of Finance Director position. CVRF has had a good record in managing its loan portfolio and is fully capable of continuing this record as part of the Multi-Species program. Contract Monitoring, including negotiation of contracts with partner companies is the responsibility of the Executive Director, business consultant, and legal advisor. In the recent past, other members of the Senior Management Team have given their assistance to the Executive Director in carrying out this function. CDQ Quota management is the responsibility of the CDQ Quota Manager. This position monitors CDQ harvests on a daily basis, maintains contact with harvesting companies, and makes allocation adjustments as necessary to stay within the regulatory environment of the Multi-Species CDQ program. H. DESCRIPTION OF TARGET FISHERIES Χ POLLOCK The pollock fishery is broken into five component parts: the "A/B" Seasons, the "C/D" Seasons, and the Aleutian Islands fishery. The "A/B" Seasons occur during the months of January through April and are the most valuable fisheries. This is due to the value of the pollock roe, which is marketed primarily to Japan, in addition to the surimi and block production. The "C/D" Seasons occur in the July through October period and the fisheries harvest pollock primarily for surimi and pollock fillet blocks. The Aleutian Islands fishery is relatively small and will be used primarily as bycatch in the Pacific cod, rockfish, and Atka Mackerel fisheries. The "A/B" and "C/D" seasons fisheries occur in the Bering Sea along the continental shelf break between the Aleutian Islands north to the Russian border. The fishery is subject to 100% retention and is conducted exclusively with pelagic trawls. Χ ROCK SOLE The rock sole fishery is the first and most valuable fishery of the year for H&G vessels. The value is derived from the roe and the product is in H/G form with roe sacks left intact in the body cavity. The market is in Japan where it commands a high price. Male rock sole and female rock sole without roe is worth about one fourth as much as rock sole with roe. Rock sole aggregate and spawn from late December to late March in the Bering Sea both near the outer shelf and along the Alaska Peninsula. Implementation of large crab conservation areas has limited the area available for trawling. Rock sole is also desirable at other times of the year for both H/G and fillet products. Industry has been making progress in recent years to reduce the discards of small fish through gear modification and market development. Χ ATKA MACKEREL The Atka mackerel fishery occurs throughout the Aleutian Island range, concentrated in fairly discrete areas. The growth rate is slower in the western Aleutians and the market pays the highest price for larger fish. For this reason, the open access fishery concentrates on the eastern Aleutian area first and progresses westward. Most of the production is round fish although some is put up as H/G. Current stock assessment methods lack confidence and scientists are working with industry on ways to improve this. We intend to prosecute the CDQ fishery in May and early June, after the open access fishery. The Atka mackerel fishery is usually very clean in terms of PSC bycatch and is currently exempted from closure under halibut caps. It is also fairly clean in terms of species composition with mackerel making up about 85% of the catch. Χ ROCKFISH (POP, Northern, Shortraker/Rougheye, Thornyhead) Pacific Ocean Perch is the primary target in the rockfish fishery. There are separate quotas in both the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands with the majority being in the Aleutians. All POP is produced as an H/G product for export. We expect to target on CDQ POP in the Aleutians in June (in conjunction with Atka mackerel) while retaining other rockfish species, turbot and sablefish as bycatch. The Bering Sea CDQ rockfish quota will be taken in late June following the Aleutian Islands harvest. There is very little PSC bycatch associated with the rockfish fishery. During the CDQ rockfish fishery, we anticipate limited targeting on turbot to supplement the rockfish catch as turbot is generally found in the same areas as rockfish, but slightly deeper on the shelf. Χ ALEUTIAN ISLANDS SABLEFISH The Aleutian Islands sablefish fishery is a specialized longline fishery that takes place in the far western Aleutians area. The longline sablefish fishery in Alaska is managed through the Individual Fishing Quota and Community Development Quota programs. The only open access longliner sablefish fishery occurs in State waters. The primary market for sablefish is the winter Japanese market. The fishery occurs from mid-March to mid-November. Χ AREA 4D HALIBUT FISHERY The Area 4D halibut fishery is a specialized longline fishery that takes place in the St. Matthew Island area. The value of the fishery is in the fish meat. The longline halibut fishery in Alaska is managed through the Individual Fishing Quota and Community Development Quota programs. The primary markets for halibut are the fresh and frozen markets in the United States and Canada. The fishery occurs from mid-March to mid-November. Χ AREA 4E HALIBUT The Area 4E halibut fishery occurs in the Nelson Island, Nunivak Island, Quinhagak, and Kipnuk nearshore areas of the CVRF region. The fishery is conducted from 18-24 foot skiffs using hand held jigs and longlines. The fishery began in the early 1980's with the development of commercial fishing techniques and the construction of halibut buying stations in Toksook Bay, Tununak, and Mekoryuk. Fishermen fish and sell their product on a daily basis depending upon weather. The fishery begins in early-June and is completed in mid-to-late August. Halibut is sold in the fresh and frozen markets in the United States and Canada. Χ PACIFIC COD Harvests occur in both the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands areas. The CDQ fishery occurs in the spring at the close of the open access fishery and again in the late summer early-fall period until completed. Χ BRISTOL BAY KING CRAB Harvests occur in the Bristol Bay king crab area. The CDQ fishery will occur prior to the open access fishery in October and after the close of the open access fishery in the fall. Χ BERING C. OPILIO TANNER CRAB Harvests occur in the Bering Sea area. The CDQ fishery will occur after the open access fishery, which normally is conducted beginning in January. Χ BERING C. BAIRDI TANNER CRAB Harvests occur in conjunction with the Bristol Bay king crab fishery. Χ ST. MATTHEW RED KING CRAB Harvests occur in the St. Matthew district. The CDQ fishery will occur after the close of the open access fishery in September. I. HARVESTING AND PROCESSING PARTNERS Χ POLLOCK American Seafoods Company - harvesting and processing Westward Seafoods, Inc. - harvesting and processing Χ ROCK SOLE/FLATHEAD SOLE/YELLOWFIN SOLE Unimak Fisheries, LLC - harvesting and processing Χ ATKA MACKEREL/PACIFIC OCEAN PERCH M/V SAVAGE, INC. - harvesting and processing Χ ALEUTIAN ISLANDS SABLEFISH Kokopelli Fisheries, LLC - harvesting Westward Seafoods, Inc. - processing Χ AREA 4D HALIBUT FISHERY Kokopelli Fisheries, LLC - harvesting Westward Seafoods, Inc. - processing Χ AREA 4E HALIBUT Local area fishermen - harvesting Coastal Villages Seafoods, LLC. - processing • PACIFIC COD Ocean Prowler, LLC. - harvesting and processing Χ BRISTOL BAY KING CRAB Silver Spray Seafoods, LLC - harvesting Icicle Seafoods, Inc. - processing Χ BERING C. OPILIO TANNER CRAB Silver Spray Seafoods, LLC - harvesting Icicle Seafoods, Inc. - processing Χ BERING C. BAIRDI TANNER CRAB Silver Spray Seafoods, LLC - harvesting Icicle Seafoods, Inc. - processing Χ ST. MATTHEW RED KING CRAB Silver Spray Seafoods, LLC - harvesting Icicle Seafoods, Inc. - processing J. BENEFITS TO THE REGION Over the past few years, a mantra has been developed that asks the following question: “What are the benefits to the communities and the region from any particular activity proposed to be undertaken by a CDQ group?” And, over that period, various answers have been given to justify a chosen course of action. From CVRF’s perspective, benefits can be characterized as those that assist individuals to 1) be better educated; 2) better skilled; 3) more employable; 4) have access to employment either in the person’s home community or outside the community; 5) be able to make a living from commercial fishing and associated activities; and 6) to have hope for a better future. And, as those that assist communities to 1) develop increased economic activity through the fishing industry and associated businesses and infrastructure that enable residents to be productively employed and 2) make the communities better places to live and work. The most obvious ways of being able to provide these types of benefits through the CDQ program is to obtain fair royalties from fishing partner companies, invest in companies that produce a profit, put in place management that will assure that the benefits from these sources are used productively, and then to develop businesses and programs that serve the fishermen, the residents, and the communities of the Coastal Villages region. CVRF’s Community Development Plan is organized to provide each of the types of benefits listed above through the understanding and direction of its Board of Directors, community leaders, and interested residents (new initiatives are shown in bold type face): For individual residents of the Coastal Villages region to be: • Better educated Louis Bunyan Memorial Scholarship Fund Joseph Y. Paniyak Memorial Scholarship Fund American Seafoods Scholarship program Fishnet Alaska Junior Achievement • Better skilled Indian Valley training programs On board vessel apprenticeships Office-based internships Technology training, such as through Fishnet • More employable Drug and Alcohol treatment support Workplace Skills Basics • Access to employment Itinerant recruiters (3-4) Village liaisons (20) Travel assistance to workplace • Livable wage/earnings in commercial fisheries and associated activities Business development/Planning technical assistance Value added opportunities Effective marketing of product/profit-share/bonus • Hope for a better future Emerging Leaders - community projects, partnering with elders Unity Councils - community projects Alaska Junior Achievement Career/Vocational counseling Board of Directors development And for communities in the Coastal Villages region to create: • Productive employment Commercial fish processing plants Value added plants Businesses that support the commercial fishing industry Technology cottage industries New Infrastructure • Better places to live and work Support of community priorities through clearinghouse function Technology access AA/ACOA/ALANON meetings K. LEVEL OF LOCAL PARTICIPATION Coastal Villages maintains a high level of local participation in its CDQ programs. This high level can be described in several different ways, including: • CVRF is undertaking its most ambitious outreach program to date - “Ciunerkam Tangruarutii”- which not only provided guidance to CVRF as it developed this CDP, but also provided tremendous opportunities to explain the CVRF’s CDQ program to its member communities and to begin the process of identifying community priorities and facilitating their implementation. Χ Over 500 western Alaska residents were employed through Coastal Villages' employment office during 1999. This was nearly double the number for the same period a year earlier. Χ Nearly all of CVRF's employees are residents of the Coastal Villages region. This includes the Executive Director, Finance Director, Human Resources Management Specialist, Employment Manager, Accountant, Community Outreach Coordinator, Community Projects Coordinator, two Administrative Assistants, 9 village-based vocational coaches, the Plants Superintendent for the halibut operation, the Quinhagak salmon operations manager, and the Bethel operations manager. Χ CVRF has a twenty member board that is very active in the affairs of the company and affiliated companies. This includes one resident from each of the member communities. Χ CVRF organized a Leadership Team made up of village staff and other residents of the region who are responsible for giving guidance and developing new programs associated with CVRF's employment, training, internship, and scholarship programs. CVRF believes that it has an exemplary record of involving region residents in the various programs supported by the CDQ programs. L. OTHER CVRF has embarked on a very ambitious program to become a major participant in the Bering Sea, the Kuskokwim salmon, and the Area 4E halibut fisheries. It has embarked on a long term project to bring significant economic opportunities into the region through the Regional Port Project. Over the last twelve months it has increased its membership by three communities that requires an even greater level of involvement up into the Kuskokwim River proper. While all of this has been happening, we have maintained our focus on providing opportunities for residents of our member communities. CVRF is recognized widely as the CDQ group that has the most ambitious and innovative human resources programs. This latest CDP will enhance this commitment. Add a membership of twenty communities, a wide-ranging and expanding list of programs, the level of benefits that are being provided at the community and individual level, and the sum is even greater than the component parts. Over the past few years, Coastal Villages has seen a reduction in its CDQ allocations. While this erosion ended with the 2000 cycle, it is now time to recognize the progress that CVRF has made and assist us in achieving the results that we know are possible. Allocations at the levels requested in this application will enable CVRF to accomplish what we have set out to do. There can be little question that given the opportunity, these accomplishments will make a major difference to the CVRF region, our member communities, and the residents of those communities.
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