We are a Home-Rule borough formed in June of 1986. Our seat of government is located in Kotzebue with an 11-member assembly.
Our primary divisions remain the Planning Department, Public Safety Department and Economic Development Department.
The Economic Development Department promotes economic enhancement, research and development consistent with the traditional culture and values of the people of the region.
The Public Services Department administers all activities relative to capital projects, public works, and public safety.
The Planning Department is responsible for updating the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan in coordination with NAB communities, the Planning Commission, mayor and assembly.
Northwest Arctic Leadership Team is part of a long history of cooperation in Northwest Alaska. Cooperation is one of our Iñupiat values, and the region's organizations have been living this value for decades.
Roughly 7,500 people in eleven communities call the Arctic Northwest Borough home.
Northwest Arctic Borough Mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents.
In conjunction with the Northwest Arctic Borough, the Chukchi Campus of the University of Alaska
Fairbanks organized the Workshop on Improving Local Participation in Research in Northwest Alaska.
The National Science Foundation funded the workshop in its continuing effort to improve relations
between researchers and local residents.
The workshop occurred in Kotzebue April 2-4, 2013.