Commonwealth North’s mission is to educate Alaskans on significant public policy issues and assist in identifying effective solutions.

In that process, CWN fills a unique, non-partisan niche that provides Alaskans with access to policy makers, frank dialogue, and continual civic engagement.  We bring clarity to issues free from political bias, and advocate for thoughtful, deliberative development of public policy.

Governors Bill Egan and Walter Hickel founded the organization in 1979 to bring together Alaskans who cared about Alaska then and into its future. Having once been political opponents, they united to create a non-partisan environment that continues to bring together some of the most inspiring leaders and thinkers of the day; to study and explore the unique nature of Alaska; to wrestle with the toughest policy issues; and prepare Alaskans to step up to public service.

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May 18th: Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance – Wasilla

Breakfast of Champions with Riki Ellison Founder and Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance Friday, May 18th 7:30am-8:30am Curtis Menard Center 1001 S Clapp Street, Wasilla This Friday, Commonwealth North and the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman will be having a unique and exciting meeting in Wasilla with former NFL Champion Riki Ellison. His presentation will […]

May 11th: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Fiscal Policy Study Group   Friday, April 11th Morris Communications   8am-9am Permanent Fund Discussion Join us tomorrow morning for a a Permanent Fund discussion in light of the recent passage of SB26 in Juneau. The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900. 301 Arctic Slope Ave. (same street as Danner Avenue) (Google Map)

Walter J. Hickel Award Evening Gala: May 11th

May 11th, 2018 Hilton Anchorage Hotel Ballroom Reception 5:30pm, Program 6:30pm-9:00pm Live Entertainment Raffle Dinner ~Business Attire~ CWN Presents the Walter J. Hickel Award for Distinguished Public Policy Leadership 2018 Recipient Jim Jansen, Chairman of Lynden, Inc. Seating is limited – advance registration required. Honorary Co-Chairs: Governor Bill Walker, Governor Sean Parnell, Governor Frank Murkowski, […]

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