The Community Wasilla is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. The vigorous growth has attracted special attention from Alaska and national retailers, service providers, developers, and others seeking business opportunities.
U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that the population of Wasilla grew 36%, between 1990 and 2000. Growth continues. Wasilla’s estimated population for 2009 is 7,058, an increase of 29% since 2000. The Trade area has a population of 87,000 and is expected to grow to more than 100,000 by 2014.
A progressive community in a spectacular natural setting Wasilla offers the best of Alaska. A thriving crossroads with a booming economy, this rapidly growing city is the heart of a diverse and dynamic region. Wasilla is the commercial and retail center for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in South-central Alaska. This area is considered Alaska’s breadbasket and is the state’s major agricultural region. The area is often called "the Mat-Su Valley" or simply "Mat-Su."
Surrounded by majesty, Wasilla sits between two river valleys carved by prehistoric glaciers. The city is sheltered from extreme weather by the Talkeetna Mountains and is nestled between two beautiful lakes—Wasilla and Lucille. The unique locale appeals to those who seek an Alaskan lifestyle while raising a family, taking advantage of economic prospects, or retiring in comfort.
In recognition of that fact, two years ago the city began an Area Plan to plan for business development in the downtown. The City is actively engaged in rewriting the Wasilla Comprehensive Plan which will be completed by May of 2010. Downtown development is receiving special consideration.
Retail The retail sector has grown rapidly in the past few years. It is anchored by large chain stores including; • grocery- Safeway and Fred Meyer, • department stores- Wal-Mart, Sears and Target, • building suppliers- Spenard Builders, Home Depot and Lowes, • Specialty stores like Sports Authority, Sportsman Warehouse, Walgreens, Pet zoo and others. Research has determined there are opportunities for additional retailers in several categories.
Downtown The goal of the Downtown Development Plan is to revitalize the downtown. The downtown is planned to have: • Close proximity to public Facilities; i.e. City Hall, Library, Public Safety, Post Office, etc. • A retail shopping district that is distinct from the large malls, • On-street parking, zero lot lines and 2 to 4 story multi-use buildings, • A central district with design standards to enhance the aesthetics and the identity of the downtown, • A design that encourages pedestrian access to shops and restaurants, • A couplet that eases traffic congestion, and• A landscaped town square.
Industrial The City operates the airport. There is both city and private land adjacent to the airport that is zoned Industrial. The Industrial Zone is near the railroad, the airport and the Parks highway. The City is developing a multi-model transportation hub around the Airport.
More information is available by contacting: Bert Cottle, Deputy AdministratorPhone: 907.373.9030 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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