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.
Join CWN’s Fiscal Action Coalition this Friday, February 17th, 7:30am-8:30am, at Morris Communications (301 Arctic Slope Ave.). Senator Mike Dunleavy and Senator Natasha von Imhof will give us legislative updates from Juneau. This is a great opportunity for us to hear directly from legislators the latest developments and key legislation now being considered in Juneau. […]
February 24th, Mike and Tim Bradner joined us for an update on the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau. The next Coffee With the Bradners will be on Friday, March 10th. Morris Communications Building, 301 Arctic Slope Ave., located North of the Dimond Costco off of King’s Street. (click here for Google Map) […]
On January 25th, Commonwealth North presented our newest report on the state budget, The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities (Update). CWN Fiscal Policy Release Slides 01-25-17 Click report title or slide deck to download. The video can be viewed online here. Our Fiscal Policy Study Group met weekly during 2016 to host […]