Economic Development & Planning Assistance


Spirit of the Sun believes that economic development works best when it is used to help a community achieve its cultural, social, and spiritual goals. To this end, our planning assistance methodology uniquely involves:

  • A process which starts with a tribal community’s goals and creates a roadmap for achieving them
  • A focus on assisting tribal governments with the creation of portfolio-based economic development plans that reflect the cultural, social, environmental, and spiritual goals of the tribal community
  • The use of advanced economic planning tools and computer technology
  • A commitment to long-term partnerships, from planning to funding, to project management and execution


With funding from the National Science Foundation, Spirit of the Sun is partnering with OptTek Systems, a global leader in Simulation and Optimization technology, to offer tribal governments a dynamic combination of community-based, goal-driven planning backed by powerful optimization analysis.