Office of Economic Development

Introduction

Created in 2016 through the adoption of the USET Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), the USET Office of Economic Development assists member Tribal Nations with the growth of economic and community development efforts. USET staff supports the work of healthy and vibrant Tribal economies through training and technical assistance opportunities, resource brokering, and research and data appraisals.

The USET Office of Economic Development understands that growing Tribal businesses means more people with jobs, new revenue sources for Tribal Nations, a more vibrant and resilient Tribal economy, and strengthening Tribal sovereignty.

Economic Development News

Muskogee Technology named Small Manufacturer of Year

Muskogee Technology (MT) was named the 2021 Small Manufacturer of the Year by the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) in partnership with the Alabama Technology Institute (ATN). Stephanie A. Bryan, chairwoman and CEO for the Poarch Creek Indians congratulated MT for its great work. “I want to congratulate Muskogee Technology’s CEO Wes Woodruff and the team at MT for their great work,” Bryan said. “The Tribe is always looking for ways to provide jobs to hardworking Alabamians and MT is a great example of that.”

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Kituwah Services, LLC is proud to announce the award of our first 8(a) sole source contract with the Institute of Museum and Library Services!

Kituwah Services, LLC and team mate Seminole Heritage Services, LLC, owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, will provide an evaluation of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Native American/Native Hawaiian (NA/NH) Grant Program. Our team will work to determine how well the agency’s awards align with the NA/NH needs and communities served by those organizations and provide a better understanding of the historic contributions of these investments to help inform any potential changes in programmatic direction.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and The Seminole Tribe of Florida are members of United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) and are some of the first USET Tribes in history to utilize their combined resources, capabilities and past performance to pursue efforts in supporting Federal Customers. As the mission statement of USET declares, “There is strength in unity,” and there is strength in our team. We are excited for this opportunity and look forward to continuing to grow our program.

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Three USET Tribal Nations Join Together to Build a New Hotel

Three Tribal Nations (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians) are joining together to build a new hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN. Located in a mecca of tourism and natural beauty, DreamCatcher Hotel — Pigeon Forge is projected to become one of the top-rated and desired lodging properties within the Smoky Mountains.

“We are thrilled about our partnership with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,” stated Zeke Cooper, president of DreamCatcher Franchise Development. “The Pigeon Forge property launches a new milestone in our company, opening as the first hotel under our brand name. Our Tribal partners share our bold vision of developing and investing in unique and innovative hospitality properties, located in areas we know people want to visit. We are excited and humbled by their investment and trust. Our goal is to create significant returns for each Tribe’s members.”

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