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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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CWN Launches New Alaska Budget Website

CWN Launches New Website Alaskans asked their choices to close the budget gap We are pleased to announce the launch of a new website to assist Alaskans in better understanding the State’s fiscal challenge. The web site www.akbudget.com offers Alaskans the opportunity to make revenue and spending choices to address the projected $1.3 billion dollar […]

September 17th: Food Security Study Group

Food Security Study Group Household Food Security in Alaska Thursday, September 17th 8am-9am Online The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here. Speaker: Alisha Coleman-Jensen, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Food Assistance Branch.  Alisha Coleman-Jensen is the team leader of U.S. food security research at ERS and is the lead author of USDA’s annual […]

September 11: Energy Policy Study Group

Energy Policy Study Group Potential of River and Tidal Hydropower for Rural Alaska Wednesday, September 11th Noon-1pm The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here We will have a briefing from Ocean Renewable Power Company on their efforts to commercialize run of river and tidal hydropower in Alaska and internationally. Speaker: Stuart Davies, CEO, ORPC The program […]