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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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October 14th: Arctic Policy Study Group

Arctic Policy Study Group Powering Alaska’s Arctic Wednesday, October 14 8am-9am Online Alaska’s Arctic communities are innovating toward new and renewable energy opportunities. This panel will provide an overview of the trends that are driving clean energy and electrification projects in the Arctic as well as showcase several projects that demonstrate how communities and energy […]

October 14th: CWN Forum with Senator Lisa Murkowski

Commonwealth North Forum Senator Lisa Murkowski: Pending Federal Actions and Alaska’s Arctic Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Noon-1pm Online Video is available here. Senator Murkowski will speak to recent and pending federal actions, legislation, and appropriations to more fully realize the U.S. position as an Arctic nation.  Discuss the re-established Arctic Energy Office, its role, what […]

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 […]