Since 1994, Doug Ward has been Director of Shipyard Development for the Ketchikan Shipyard. The Ketchikan Shipyard is owned by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) AND operated by Vigor through a long term public private partnership that includes the City and Borough of Ketchikan. Vigor is currently building the first of two Alaska Class Ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System. Doug is co-founder of the Ketchikan Marine Industry Council (KMIC) and Maritime Works (MWs) formed to support the growth and expansion of Alaska’s maritime industrial base. In 2017, under Ward's leadership, Vigor partners with Maritime Works to launch the Advancing Alaska Workers demonstration of practices that are producing a best-in-class, Alaska resident shipbuilding and repair workforce at the Ketchikan Shipyard. Founded on employer-led co-investment of private, public, and philanthropic resources, the Ketchikan Shipyard sustains a regionally competitive, advanced manufacturing enterprise in an isolated, rural, and resource-driven economy.