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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October 11th: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Fiscal Policy Study Group State Retirement Systems First National Bank Alaska Operations Center 1751 Gambell Street (Google Map) Friday, October 11th 8am-9am Cliff Groh, in collaboration with UAA’s Institute for Social and Economic Research, published a paper on the State’s Public Employee’s Retirement System and the Teacher’s Retirement System on how the State is managing […]

October 2nd: 2019 Walter J. Hickel and William A. Egan Awards Gala

2019 Walter J. Hickel and William A. Egan Awards Gala Honoring Admiral Thomas Barrett & John Sturgeon   The Dena’ina Center October 2nd 6pm-9pm Reception begins at 5:30pm Business Attire Commonwealth North continues our tradition of honoring outstanding Alaskans and policy-makers with The Walter J. Hickel Award for Distinguished Public Policy Leadership, and this year […]

September 13th: Closing the Rural Broadband Gap

Closing the Rural Broadband Gap   The Petroleum Club of Anchorage September 13th noon-1:30pm Video of the program is now available online Although both government and private industry have made significant investments to improve communications infrastructure in rural Alaska, much of our state remains far behind in access to reliable, affordable, broadband internet service. On […]

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