• Alaska Housing Markets In 1990: Report and Research Summary

      Berman, Matthew; Hill, Alexandra; Leask, Linda (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 1990)
      At the beginning of the new decade, Alaska urban housing markets appear to have largely ended their four-year slide. Population and home sales are up. Residential vacancies and mortgage defaults are down. This report is one of a series prepared for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) on the economy and housing markets of urban areas of Alaska. It reviews the housing markets in Alaska's major urban centers and discusses the outlook for 1990 and 1991. The geographic areas covered include Anchorage, Fairbanks, and the Mat-Su Valley.
    • The DOD Economic Analysis of Eielson Realignment Is Seriously Flawed

      Goldsmith, Scott (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 2005)
      The DOD analysis of the economic impact on Fairbanks of the realignment of Eielson air base concludes that the net loss of 2,940 military and civilian jobs at Eielson would result in the loss of 1,770 additional jobs in the Fairbanks MSA (Fairbanks North Star Borough). This would represent a loss of 8.6% of all jobs, based on an estimate of 54,469 total jobs in the Borough. The loss of 8.6% of all jobs represents the 4th largest hit as a percentage among all 234 regions that would by effected by implementation of the BRAC recommendations. Netting out those bases recommended for closure, and thus available for redevelopment, the negative economic impact on Fairbanks would be exceeded in only one other region (Clovis, New Mexico).
    • Propane from the North Slope: Could It Reduce Energy Costs in the Interior?

      Goldsmith, Scott; Szymoniak, Nick (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 2009)
      Could propane from the North Slope cut energy costs in Fairbanks and other Interior communities that heat buildings or generate electricity with fuel oil or naphtha? The Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (ANGDA) thinks it could....We analyzed how fuel prices in Fairbanks might compare, under those assumptions and at different crude oil prices. We estimated the price of propane delivered to Fairbanks, the wholesale price of fuel oil in Fairbanks, and the price of the naphtha that Golden Valley Electric Association (the Fairbanks utility) burns to generate electricity. These aren’t prices residential customers would pay. The propane price doesn’t include costs of storing and distributing propane in Fairbanks, and we tried to make the fuel oil price comparable to that. This analysis is intended just to show relative fuel prices, given ANGDA’s assumptions.
    • Summary of Greenstar Programs In Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Central Kenai Peninsula

      Larson, Eric (Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska., 1997)
      The Green Star® Program is a voluntary program created in 1990 to encourage businesses, schools, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to educate employees, reduce waste, conserve energy, and recycle materials. The program began as a cooperative agreement among the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Alaska Center for the Environment, and the Pollution Prevention Office of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Since its inception, the program has expanded to include over 400 Alaskan business firms, government agencies, schools, and non-profit organizations employing over 60,000 people in Alaska. The program has also expanded to include chapters in several others states. This report is a summary of some of these cost-savings and benefits as reported by participants in the Green Star® programs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Central Kenai Peninsula. This summary is based on interviews with selected, knowledgeable participants in the programs -- including awardees, enrollees, and board members. This report also describes the current status of these three programs -- including the characteristics of the current membership, available financial resources, and long-term goals of the programs.