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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December 18th: Fiscal Policy Study Group

Fiscal Policy Study Group Office of Management and Budget Wednesday, December 18th 12:00am-1pm Alaska USA Federal Credit Union 500 W 36th Avenue room 201 (Google Map) Join us next Wednesday at noon for a briefing from the State’s Office of Management and Budget on the Governor’s new FY21 budget proposal.   Link to the Governor’s […]

December 11: Legislator Meet & Greet

Legislative Agenda 2020: CWN’s 13th Annual Legislator Meet and Greet Wednesday, December 11th The Dena’ina Center noon-1:30pm (doors open at 11:30am)  This Program Has Sold Out Video of the program will be available after the event. As Alaskans approach a new legislative session in January, we are facing a number of critical public policy issues. […]

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 is available online. Join a spirited discussion on whether the Permanent Fund should be constitutionally structured as an endowment and what it would mean […]


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