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CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
Restructuring the Permanent Fund:
Risks and Ramifications
with
Craig Richards, Member of the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees
Friday, August 17th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave

This Friday, Craig Richards will join us to discuss how the fund is managed, the potential risks and benefits to restructuring the fund, and answer questions from the group.  This meeting continues our series on the Permanent Fund and our work toward producing a study group report.

Craig served as Alaska’s Attorney General from 2014 to 2016. He holds an MBA from Duke University and a JD from Washington & Lee University. Craig was reappointed to the Board of Trustees for a four-year term in 2017. He had previously served as a Trustee from 2015 to 2016.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
(near the Dimond Costco)
Morris Communications
Date:
August 15th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C Street

Emerging Challenges to Arctic Security

Mark Rosen, J.D., LL.M.

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
Wednesday, August 15th
12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.

Mark Rosen

Mark Rosen’s PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

Video can be viewed online here.

Commonwealth North is proud to host Mark Rosen, SVP and General Counsel for CNA, based in Arlington, VA, to discuss the rapidly growing international investment in Arctic development and his recommendations for how Arctic countries must prepare for this increased activity. Nations all over the globe are investing in Arctic resource development. Alaska and the handful of Arctic nations will be directly impacted by this development, especially in the event of an emergency or industrial accident.

Rosen argues, “Special care needs to be taken to ensure that development takes place in a responsible manner and ensures that the states or regions that are the recipients of foreign direct investment (FDI) are capable of monitoring it, regulating the underlying activity, and enacting safeguards if a project goes sour. Care must also be taken to safeguard the rights of indigenous populations to ensure that there are not displaced from their lands because of resource degradation or social conditions.” His research closely examines China’s evolving natural resource strategy in the Arctic and its past investments in South America and Africa.

Mark Rosen is an expert in maritime law and policy, maritime arms control, the Arctic and regulation of the global commons, international law and treaties, the law of armed conflict and homeland security. He is a retired Navy captain who served with the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps as an international law attorney and military planner. He holds an LL.M. in International and Oceans Law from the University of Virginia and both a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Georgia. CNA is an independent non-profit research organization founded in 1942 that provides research and analysis for the US military and other government agencies.

His recent papers on this subject, Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security, and Addressing the Gaps in Arctic Governance, as well as Commonwealth North’s study on U.S. Arctic policy can be downloaded by clicking the links.

Thank you to Alaska Village Electric Cooperative for sponsoring this program!

 

Table sponsorships are available.

Contact Jim Egan at (907) 258-9524 for details.

CWN Members $30, Non-Members $40

Date:
August 1st
Time:
noon-1:30pm
Location:
Petroleum Club of Anchorage 3301 C St.

Commonwealth North Presents:

A Shareholders Report for Alaskans
Our 12th annual review of Alaska’s assets

Wednesday, August 1st, Noon – 1:30PM

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C St.

On August 1st, Commonwealth North will present a panel of experts to report on the value, income, and prospects of the State of Alaska’s key natural resources, financial assets, and government sponsored enterprises. As shareholders of “Alaska Inc.”, the citizens of Alaska should be informed about how the assets of their company are performing. This program is especially important now as Alaskans debate how best to address the State’s fiscal challenges and work toward developing a sustainable fiscal plan.
This annual program tracks the performance of Alaska’s assets – and asset managers – and is an opportunity for Alaskans to review and evaluate the annual progress of our common wealth.
Our presenters this year will include, Sheldon Fisher, Commissioner of Revenue; Mark Wiggin, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, William O’Leary, President & CEO of the Alaska Railroad; and Eric Wohlforth, former Commissioner of Revenue and past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Former Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell will MC the program and is also the lead presenter.

Thank you to Northrim Bank for sponsoring this signature program!

Table sponsorships available.

For details contact the CWN office at (907) 258-9522.

 

 

CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group
 
Friday, August 10th
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
 
Understanding Alaska’s Permanent Fund

Ralph Townsend, Director and Professor of Economics at UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, will give the study group a breakdown of how the Permanent Fund operates and how the recent POMV legislation may affect the fund.  This briefing will give us a baseline understanding of the fund as we continue our series on the Permanent Fund and work toward producing a study group report.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
(near the Dimond Costco)
Morris Communications

CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group

Friday, August 3rd
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave

Discussion about the Permanent Fund & New CWN Study

Study Group Co-chair, Eric Wohlforth, will lead a discussion about how the Permanent Fund is managed and the impact of the State’s increasing use of the Earnings Reserve to fund government. This meeting kicks-off as series of discussions we will have to gain a deeper understanding of the Permanent Fund and work toward producing a Commonwealth North report.

Please review Eric’s memo which outlines potential topics for us to study in detail.

Click here to download Eric’s PFD Study Memo

Eric is an Alaskan attorney who served as Commissioner of Revenue from 1970 to 1972 investing $900 million in lease sale proceeds. From 1995 to 2006 he served on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees (the longest such service to date) and was elected vice chair and chair twice of that Board. Eric is also a board member and past president of Commonwealth North.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.

Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave
(near the Dimond Costco)

Energy Action Coalition

Chinese Investment Opportunities in Alaska
with
John Tichotsky, Ph.D.
Economic Advisor at the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

Thursday, July 26th
noon-1pm
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
600 E 36th Ave

John will brief CWN’s Energy Action Coalition on the the challenges and opportunities of Chinese investment in energy projects in Alaska, and the Governor’s recent trade mission to China.
John is a professional economist, who has worked as an academic, entrepreneur, policy and political advisor, and analyst. He specializes in the financing and economics of wealth management and natural resource development in Alaska, Northeast Asia, Europe and Central Asia.
Lunch will be provided thanks to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s sponsorship of this program.

Register by clicking here to reserve your lunch.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900

 

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
600 E 36th Ave.

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Fiscal Policy Study Group

with

Senator Cathy Giessel

8am-9am
Morris Communications

Senator Giessel will discuss the high healthcare costs in Alaska and how those costs intertwine with state budget and private sector economy.  She will also propose legislation as part of a solution to high healthcare costs.

Click here to download her PowerPoint presentation.

The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.

301 Arctic Slope Avenue

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CWN Fiscal Policy Study Group

What is the State Doing With Your Money?

Update on the FY19 budget
with
Pat Pitney, State OMB Director
Friday, July 13th
8am-9am

Pat will brief us on the FY19 enacted budget and on initiatives to reduce spending through efficiencies such as shared services between state agencies.
The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.

Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(same street as Danner Avenue)

Informing Alaskans:

Why We Need Investigative Journalism

with

Walter “Robby” Robinson
Editor At Large, The Boston Globe

This program has sold out.

Video is available online here.

Wednesday, July 18th
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C St. Suite 120
12pm – 1pm (doors open at 11:45am)

Walter V. Robinson, Editor At Large of the Boston Globe, will talk about journalism’s role in society and the importance of an independent and responsible press in public service and investigative reporting: Democracy cannot work well unless Journalism does too.

Robinson will also discuss the economic forces that threaten the viability of an independent press, and on how “deep” reporting in Alaska is essential to public understanding of complex policies and problems such as crime, drug abuse and the effectiveness of local and state government.

Robinson headed the Globe’s Pulitzer-winning Spotlight investigative reporting team. Spotlight’s exposure of the widespread abuse of children by Catholic priests won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The team’s work was the subject of the 2015 film “Spotlight,” in which Robinson was portrayed by actor Michael Keaton. (Best Picture, 2016 Academy Awards). He has been city editor, metro editor, White House correspondent and foreign correspondent. He has reported for the Globe from 48 states and more than 30 countries.

Joining Robby on the panel will be Tim Bradner, Visiting Atwood Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage; Judy Brady, former journalist and Commissioner of Natural Resources; and Jason Evans, publisher of Alaska Media, and former Co-Publisher of the Anchorage Daily News.

 

Table sponsorships available!
Contact the CWN office for details at (907) 258-9524

Members $30, Non-members $40

Friday, June 15th
8am-9am
 Legislative Session Wrap-Up Report
Alaska journalist Tim Bradner will give a wrap-up report on this year’s legislative session in Juneau. He will cover the key legislation that was passed, and what faces the 31st Legislature in 2019.
The teleconference number will be (907) 276-4900.
8am-9am
Morris Communications
301 Arctic Slope Ave.
(same street as Danner Avenue)


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