Revival Planned for American Samoa’s Manu’a Islands

A review of American Samoa’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy will include recommendations on possible business ventures for Manu’a, not only to create jobs but attract Manuans back to the islands.

Businessman Lewis Wolman is contracted with economist Malcolm McPhee to update the Strategy.

Mr Wolman says tourism, fishing, agriculture and the broadband link, called BLAST, all hold promise of greater economic activity in Manu’a.

Road Map for Economic Development Updated

The Department of Commerce and the Territorial Planning Commission is undertaking the first major revision of American Samoa’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) in more than a decade.

This strategy is required by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (USEDA) to qualify American Samoa for economic development grants and technical assistance.

2012 American Samoa Community College Combined Research and Extension Plan of Work

American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Division of Community and Natural Resources (CNR) is submitting this joint Extension and Research Plan of Work Update for the period 2012-2016.
This plan focuses on the Hatch and Smith-Lever projects being implemented as a result of stakeholder and program inputs.  Consistent with NIFA priorities, CNR's "Planned Programs" are:

GAR Credited for Post Disaster Economic Recovery Innovations in American Samoa

American Samoa's post tsunami disaster economic recovery strategies, developed under the leadership of ASG Government Authorized Representative (GAR) and Human Resource director Vaitautolu Evelyn Langford, have captured the attention of several development organizations for their innovative approach to island development and their sensitivity to island culture - they have been featured in economic development forums from L.A. to Washington DC to Juneau, Alaska.


Workforce Development "On Track" to Create Job Opportunities

The Department of Human Resources is hoping for the first session of call center training to get underway at the start of the new year, while the second class for the School of Culinary Arts began two months ago.

American Samoa wants to train about 1,500 participants under the Call Center Training Facility project, which was awarded in July this year to California-based American Pacific Resources Inc. for $1.59 million, but the following month it was challenged by Honolulu-based American Samoa Services Associates Corporation (ASSAC), whose bid was $5 million...

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