Seward encourages diversity and economic growth for business. As the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad, and the only multi-service, ice-free port with rail and road services to the Interior, Seward has historically been an important transportation center. Types of businesses already established in Seward are: fish processing companies, canneries, the Alaska Vocational Technical Center, a state maximum-security correctional facility, ship services and repairs, the northernmost sea research facility, the Alaska Sealife Center, the Kenai Fjords National Park headquarters, many tourism related businesses, and the University of Alaska's Institute of Marine Science home-port of the Arctic Research vessel
Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC)
Large vessel repair and maintenance can now be done in our state of the art drydock and shipyard facility. The facility consists of and 80-foot by 350-foot synchrolift rated to lift vessels up to 5,000 long tons and 300 feet, upland rails, a lateral transfer cradle, and a dock on the north side.
The pier north is used exclusively by the City's 330-ton Travelift, this machine can lift most vessels up to 100 feet and is used to transport the vessels to the City's wash down pad and the uplands for storage and maintenance seven days a week. T
hese shipyards are located within the Seward Marine Industrial Center across Resurrection Bay east of Seward, and offer over 60 acres of leasable uplands to support your business. T
hough municipal leases are based on fair-market value, the city has used various tools to assist development such as incentive leases based on job and/or capital investment, industrial development bonds, and land sale.
Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care
Our high quality water is supplied by nine wells and treated and distributed throughout Seward. Wastewater is collected via pipes to a secondary treatment sewage lagoon. Refuse collection is provided by the City under contract and the Kenai Peninsula Borough provides solid waste disposal via their refuse transfer facility. Seward owns their own electric utility and purchases power from Chugach Electric. The City also owns a 15MW generation system for emergency back-up. There is a grade school, middle school and high school. The local hospital is owned by the City and managed by Providence Seward Medical Center. Seward also has 1 City owned clinic and 2 other clinics, run by North Star Health Clinic and Glacier Family Medicine Center. Seward also has a long-term care facility called Seward Mountain Haven, which offers professional care to the elderly, with the facility being patterned around the Greenhouse model. There are counseling services, emergency services and two area volunteer ambulance Corps.
See an area of interest you wish to inquire about? We invite you to submit a letter to our Community Development Department describing your business and intent to locate to Seward. A pre-application meeting can be arranged within 5 working days to assist in guiding and directing you through the appropriate process. We would love to hear of any proposals you have to offer. Contact our Community Development Department, ATTN: Jackie Wilde, City Planner at 907-224-4048 or
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