Federal aid helps Southeast second time in 25 years

A quarter-century ago, Congress appropriated $110 million explicitly to help Southeast communities get through the loss of the timber industry, the region's big economic driver. This year, federal money is coming to the aid of the new dominant industry, tourism.

However, Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman said, there is a key difference between the loss of the timber industry and today's struggles in the tourist industry: Tourism will come back one day. But it will take time.

Federal pandemic relief funds under last year's CARES Act and this year's American Rescue Plan will total tens of millions of doll...

 

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