PRESENTATION: The Army Corps of Engineers Is Gentrifying Alaska

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It’s a pretty sweet deal to live in Alaska. Aside from the cold and the neverending periods of darkness, of course.There’s no income tax or sales tax, and because of the oil and gas business, the state really pays for itself by taxing that.

On top of that Alaska pays you to live there; all residents receive a yearly check from the government with their share of the state’s oil and gas profits, lately in the ballpark of one to two grand a year per person.

But all of that is peanuts compared with the money brought in by Alaskan Senators in Washington, D.C.

In the past 40 years, the state has had only five people fill its array of Senatorial appointments. One of them even fathered another, and handed down the job like a family business.

It is because of the skilled work they do in Washington that the Alaskan delegation has been pulling in immense federal contracts for decades. 

We’ve found this PowerPoint by the head of the Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District that show how vast their work alone is in America’s 49th state.

FACT: Col. Reinhard Koenig, the Commander of the Alaska District, was promoted to the Pentagon shortly after delivering this PowerPoint

As you can see, the Corps of Engineers is all over the state of Alaska

These are some of the largest - most expensive projects underway in Alaska right now

The Corps of Engineers in Alaska has been flush with cash, but with defence cuts and sequestration coming, that could very well change

Here it comes: most of the drop, you'll notice, comes from the Military Construction projects

Most of the this year's projects involve barracks, fitness facilities, and what seems to be a really cool looking chapel

The most expensive projects are a Barracks at Richardson and a hangar at Wainwright, each going for $95 million

Notice how next year — after all the defence cuts — there's very little construction going on

Also, each of these projects is on the severe low-end for contracts in comparison to last year's

So far, at least in Fiscal Year 2014, the Corps of Engineers is going back to work

In 2014, there's a lot of little projects planned that add up to a much more significant number. A lot of this — Check out Clear Air Force Station work— seems to be for crucial purposes

This chart is really the kicker here

This is where it gets to be huge for Alaskan civilians: the Corps of Engineers, despite the falling amount of defence-related work left to do, will have its hands completely full working on civilian projects

This map should hammer home how involved the Corps of Engineers is with civilian projects, they're working on more than 50 projects just right now.

In 2012, they're working on $54.2 million worth of work and research for Alaskan civilians

In 2013, they're closing out a few Operations & Maintenance activities, but still keeping up on civilian projects

The Alaskan command also oversees work being done as far away as India, Bangladesh, and Cambodia

These environmental projects — fixing up former bases, mitigating impact on the local region, etc — are actually on the rise in FY 2013

The Army is also doing $20 million in work for the Missile defence Agency in Alaska

The Corps of Engineers also serves as a monitoring and regulatory body for waterways in Alaska, protecting the largest area of any district in the country

They're essentially monitoring the coal and oil business here

In essence, the Corps of Engineers in Alaska is working on a huge number of projects serving both the Alaskan military and civilian community

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