Video Conferencing Room at the Port Gamble Development Authority is
available for Tribal use and now has Skype two-way conferencing available.
The Port Gamble Development Authority (PGDA) is in the process of setting up the new Section 17 corporation, Noo-Kayet, that will establish economic development activities under a separate corporate structure.
PGDA staff have been planning and preparing for a potential future RV Park to provide overnight accommodations for guests at The Point Casino, and assessing other economic development opportunities.
PGDA continues to oversee the activities of tribal businesses: the Gliding Eagle Marketplace (GEM), Cedar Specialties and PGDAccess. Cedar Specialties sold over $55,000 worth of logs to other tribes for cultural purposes. PGDAccess continued to provide broadband access to approximately 100 tribal families and to all PGST entities.
The Gliding Eagle Marketplace continues its terrific growth. The store provides jobs for approximately 36 people, about two-thirds of whom are Tribal members. Sales at GEM increased significantly in 2009 and throughout 2010. Fuel sales have doubled when compared with the same time period in 2008.
GEM has negotiated a new fuel supply contract that provided construction funding for a new fueling island and an overall upgrading of the site. New pumps, lighting, signs and site improvements were part of the $325,000 construction project. Construction was completed in the summer of 2010.