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.
Economic Development News
Akwesasne Travel Launches Virtual Travel Tours
Akwesasne Travel, the official tourism marketing organization for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT), in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic pivoted and launched an innovative, online tour training for entrepreneurs and cultural attractions in Akwesasne. The online tours, hosted on the popular Airbnb Online Experiences platform, are now live! Four immersive online tours have been launched and further information can be found at https://akwesasne.travel/virtual-tours/.
Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ business efforts supports the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force Programs
PCI Aviation LLC (PCIA) delivers engineering, logistics, and manufacturing services to U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force support equipment customers nationwide. PCIA falls under the Poarch Creek Band of Indians' parent holding company, PCI Federal Services, which is currently comprised of nine Federal Government contracting LLCs.
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.”