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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November 8th: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Fiscal Policy Study Group Alaska’s Fiscal Choices and Opportunities   Friday, November 8th 8am-9am (doors open at 7:45am) First National Bank Alaska Operations Center 1751 Gambell St 2nd floor (Google Map) On Friday morning, Senator Natasha von Imhof and Representative Jennifer Johnston will discuss the State’s fiscal options in the next legislative session from their […]

Friday November 1st: Energy Action Coalition

Energy Action Coalition Interior Gas Utility Project Update Friday, November 1st noon-1pm Alaska USA Federal Credit Union 500 W 36th Avenue Room 201 (Google Map) Dan Britton, General Manager of the Interior Gas Utility Project will give us an update on their efforts to provide low cost natural gas to the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

November 8th: A Debate About Alaska’s Financial Future

Finally, Is It Time? A Debate About Alaska’s Financial Future Friday, November 8th Noon-1pm The Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C St. This program has sold out. Video of the program will be available here next week. Join a spirited discussion on whether the Permanent Fund should be constitutionally structured as an endowment and what […]


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