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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Energy and Natural Resource Policy Update with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

Energy and Natural Resource Policy Update with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski Friday, July 19th The Dena’ina Center 600 W 7th Ave Noon-1:00pm (doors open at 11:45am) CWN is pleased to welcome U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski for an update on congressional energy and natural resource policies affecting Alaska. Senator Murkowski is the Chairman of the Senate […]

July 12th: Alaska Debt Study Group

Deven Mitchell, State Debt Manager Understanding the Municipal Bond Bank Friday, July 12th 8:00am-9:00am First National Bank Alaska, Operations Center 1751 Gambell St Deven Mitchell, State Debt Manager and Executive Director of the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority, will give us a briefing on the Bond Bank and it’s role in funding capital improvement projects […]

June 26th: Food Security Study Group

CWN Food Security Study Group Alaska Farm Bureau Wednesday, June 26th Alaska Village Initiatives 1577 C St Suite 304 8am-9am We will have a briefing from Amy Seitz, Executive Director at the Alaska Farm Bureau, about their work and recommendations to enhance food security for Alaskans. Her PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.


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