American Society of Civil Engineers

Successful Government Funded Projects in Rural Alaska: The 3 C’s: Challenges for Community Involvement

by Kerry E. Walker, (Value Engineering Officer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, CEPOA-SA-VE, P.O. Box 898, Anchorage, AK 99506-0898 E-mail:
Section: Education and Planning, pp. 1055-1066, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Cold Regions Engineering: Cold Regions Impacts on Transportation and Infrastructure
Abstract: Successful rural Alaska projects are dependent upon the relationship developed during project development between the government funding agency and the rural community. Most rural Alaska communities are Alaska Native villages. This paper identifies the challenges to effective community involvement during project development. These challenges are reviewed from three viewpoints, "The 3 C’s": 1) Complexity of the issues that are being dealt with; 2) Cultural factors impacting the relationships; and 3) Communication challenges the relationship must work through.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Community relations
Construction management
Government agencies
Minority groups
Rural areas