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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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September 30: Arctic Policy Study Group

Arctic Policy Study Group The Arctic Council Wednesday, September 30 8am-9am Online Established in 1996, the Arctic Council is the leading intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic States, Arctic indigenous communities and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues, in particular on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the […]

September 30th: Alaska’s Economy in the time of COVID

Oil  –  Seafood  –  Visitors:Three of Alaska’s Major Economic Sectorsin the Time of COVID Wednesday, September 30th Noon-1pm Online Alaska’s economy continues to weather the challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic. How are the oil, seafood, and visitor industries facing these challenges? What impacts has the pandemic had? How are these industries pivoting toward […]

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 […]