For contact information regarding Economic Development, please call
Phone: 745-9508 or 745-9519
Doing Business in the MAT-SU Borough
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is a remarkable location n for your business. As one of the nation’s fastest growing areas, with a population of 88,995 per the 2010 census, and projections of 173,000 by 2025, opportunities for new and expanding markets are plentiful. The Borough has a large, well-trained workforce and employment has grown an average of 5.5 percent each year for the past decade.
Business in the Borough
The Borough welcomes new and expanding businesses, offers a fast-track license and permit systems, and provides a solid, credit trustworthy government with an AA Bond rating for the 2011 fiscal year. This business friendly environment is further enhanced by low natural gas prices, plenty of land for development, good schools, and outstanding quality of life for employees.
Haven for Business
The Borough is a haven for professional businesses, entrepreneurs and industries. Approximately 34 percent of the population commutes to Anchorage for work and would much rather work closer to home. Thus, a pool of professional and well-trained workers is available. In addition, the Borough has a deep draft Dock at Port McKenzie adjacent to an 8,940 acre Port District dedicated to commercial and industrial development. This Port District has land available and provides some of the least expensive industrial land on the Pacific Ocean.
Other Economic development highlights include: a rapidly expanding tourism industry, completion of the MAT-SU Regional Medical Center, development of a world-class ski resort, $80 million of new road projects, an active construction industry meeting residential and commercial market needs, expansion of professional offices, rapid growth of the local university system, construction of a new 1,536 bed prison, building of the Denali South Visitor’s Center, and development of new industries.
A collaborative initiative of 16 economic development organizations with the common goal of facilitating access to information and resources for small business owners, especially in our remote rural communities.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough offers several incentives to MAT-SU businesses including Sale and Leases at Less than Fair Market Value, Industrial Revenue Bonds, Business Development Assistance, and Fast Track Permitting.
All business advisors are certified through the Alaska SBDC's Professional Certification Program. This program offers the initial training minimums expected of all our business advisors, plus provides ongoing continuing professional education.