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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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May 27th: America’s Arctic Strategy

CWN Presents: Alaska’s Role in America’s Arctic Strategy US Senator Dan Sullivan Wednesday, May 27th Online via Zoom Noon-1:00pm Commonwealth North is pleased to host US Senator Dan Sullivan to discuss Alaska’s role in the nation’s Arctic strategy. As we noted in our report, Why the Arctic Matters, The Arctic is vast, rich, vulnerable and […]

May 29th: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Fiscal Policy Study Group New Revenue Options Colleen Glover Director Alaska Department of Revenue Tax Division Colleen’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here. Colleen Glover will discuss recent proposals for new statewide taxes and their potential for addressing the State’s fiscal gap. This continues our series of meetings for developing a web based tool that will […]

April 29th: 14 Annual Review of Alaska’a Assets

CWN Presents: A Shareholder’s Report for Alaskans Our 14th Annual Report on Alaska’s Assets Wednesday, April 29th Online via Zoom Noon-1:30pm This program has sold out. Video will be available after the program. The Video is available here. The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here. Additional revenue data referenced by Commissioner Mahoney.State Investment Funds UpdateSpring 2020 […]