Who We Serve

Alaska Village Initiatives (AVI) is a non-profit membership-based company dedicated to improving the well-being of rural Alaska communities, families, and individuals. Formerly known as Community Enterprise Development Corporation of Alaska, the corporation was formed in 1968 to create new economic activities in distressed communities. Our organization has come a long way from 1968 when our first project was to finance a small co-op store housed in a log cabin in Manokotak. Alaska Village Initiatives now has over 170 member organizations, which in turn represent more than 50,000 rural Alaskans, and is controlled by a 14-member Board of Directors representing rural communities and organizations from across the state.

Economic Opportunity Zones
Federally Recognized Tribes
K-12 socially disadvantaged students

We are expanding online agriculture education statewide through partnerships

AVI is developing a comprehensive series of courses focusing on food security and agriculture for rural Alaska. 

Our Area of Expertise

AVI core competencies include financial management; human resources; project management; curriculum development and delivery; management training; project oversight for many tribes throughout Alaska.


AVI’s program for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers provides educational courses to a broader audience supporting classrooms with technology, televised course supplements, and value-added presentations by established farmers nationwide.


The Rural Small Business Conference brings together rural businesses and leaders that provide networking opportunities, training, and technical information exchanges on new technologies. The conference focal point is the Marketplace Tradeshow, providing an excellent opportunity for participants to meet exhibitors showcasing their products and services.


Alaska Carbon Exchange (ACE) is a company that uses Alaskan Native lands to offset greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere, while using our business model and legal framework to protect our landowners traditional rights and bring real social benefit.

How can you help?

We are working to provide food security in rural Alaska, but we cannot do it alone. We need your help to increase rural Alaska farming based on regenerative principles, prioritizing community-scaled farms with diverse production needs. We need your help to offer community farmers and workers a path to earn a livelihood through their efforts. We need your help to provide an atmosphere in which villages can flourish.

Call us now

Office phone: +1 907 274-5400

Come visit us

Alaska Village Initiatives
1577 C Street, Suite 304
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-5133