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Date:
February 2
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Review of Proposed Constitutional Amendments and Possible Impacts on Long-Range State Budgets

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

8am-9am

Online OMB Director, Neil Steininger and Legislative Office Director, Miles Baker will join the Fiscal Policy Study Group to discuss Governor Dunleavy’s proposed fiscal-related legislation and the impact of that legislation on long-term budgeting for the State of Alaska.

Reference Materials: A review of the following materials is recommended:

The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.   How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
February 5, 2021
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

Modernizing State of Alaska
Enterprise Systems, Business Practices, and other Administrative Services

Friday, February 5, 2021

8am-9am

Online

Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka of the Alaska Department of Administration joins the Fiscal Policy Study Group to discuss cost-saving measures to modernize and streamline the state’s administrative services. Tshibaka spoke to the group last year about efforts to identify and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. Join us for this session to learn more about the Department of Administration’s modernization and cost-saving initiatives.

The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.  

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
February 3, 2021
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Commonwealth North Forum

Messages from Maine:
Lessons Learned in Ranked Choice Voting

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Noon-1pm

Online

During the November 2020 general election, Alaska voters approved Ballot Measure Two. The effect of that measure will significantly change how elections are funded as well as how elections are administered. 

Maine implemented ranked choice voting in June 2018 following a citizens’ initiative in 2016. What can Alaska learn from Maine’s experience? How have Maine voters adapted to RCV? What lessons can Mainers provide Alaska as we consider how RCV will alter our elections?

Speakers:

Matthew Dunlap, former Maine Secretary of State – confirmed

Kyle Bailey, Maine State Representative – District 27 – confirmed

Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer, State of Alaska – confirmed

Gail Fenumiai, Director – Alaska Division of Elections – confirmed

The program is free to members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students.

How to Zoom

You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

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 shortfall in the State of Alaska’s fiscal year 2022 budget.

The web site was developed by CWN’s Fiscal Policy Study Group. Since last May, the group has been working to flesh out the most likely options for balancing the state’s budget. Click below for a brief introductory video and visit the website.

We look forward to your budget solutions and thank the Fiscal Policy Study Group for their hard work!

Introductory Video

Date:
January 20th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Commonwealth North Forum

The Military and Coast Guard in Alaska:
Measuring the Impact, Strengthening the Connections

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Noon-1pm

Online

The military and Coast Guard have long played an important role in Alaska’s economy and civil society. This program will feature findings from recent research by the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development as part of the Alaska Defense Industry Resilience Initiative – an ongoing assessment of the impacts and connections between the Alaska economy and the military and Coast Guard. We’ll also hear from the commanders of the Alaska Command – the unified command of military operations in and around Alaska as well as District 17 of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Speakers:

  • Nolan Klouda, Executive Director – UA Center for Economic Development
  • Lt. General David Krumm – ALCOM – Alaska Command
  • Rear Admiral Matthew Bell – District 17 Commander U.S. Coast Guard

How to Zoom
You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
January 15, 2021
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

Work Session

Friday, January 15

8am-9am

Online

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Senator Natasha von Imhof will be rescheduled to another date as soon as possible. On Friday, we will have a work session to discuss future potential study topics and guest speakers for the Fiscal Policy Study Group.

The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
January 13, 2021
Time:
noon-1pm AKST
Location:
Online

Arctic Policy Study Group

Premier Caroline Cochrane

Northwest Territories Canada

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Noon – 1:00 p.m. AKST

Online

Commonwealth North is pleased to host the honorable Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories, Canada. In addition to her role as premier, Ms. Cochrane serves as Minister of Executive & Indigenous Affairs, Minister Responsible for the COVID-19 Coordinating Secretariat, and Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. 

Premier Cochrane will address natural resource development policies and meaningful engagement of indigenous peoples in economic self-determination and Arctic policy; opportunities for Alaska-NWT cooperation on energy, telecommunications, and transportation infrastructure; and fostering communication and cooperation between Alaska and the Northwest Territories on Arctic policy and international NGOs.

The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.      

Date:
January 8, 2021
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

Fiscal Policy Study Group

State Revenue Briefing

Friday, January 8, 2021

8am-9am

Online

Commissioner Lucinda Mahoney with the Alaska Department of Revenue will join Commonwealth North’s Fiscal Policy Study Group for a briefing on the new revenue forecast, including a review of what’s changed since the spring forecast.

The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
December 16, 2020
Time:
noon-1:30pm
Location:
Online

Legislative Agenda 2021: CWN’s 14th Annual Legislator Meet and Greet

Wednesday, December 16

Online

noon-1:30pm

As we approach a new legislative session in January, the State of Alaska faces a serious budget outook and other critical public policy issues. Our legislators will be asked to make important public policy decisions that will affect Alaskans for many years to come.

In December, Commonwealth North will once again host pre-session discussions between Alaskans and legislators. Your participation is vital to ensuring your voice is heard by legislators and that you know the criteria they will use to make decisions in the upcoming legislative session.  

At last year’s Legislator Meet and Greet program a third of Alaska’s legislators joined us for an outstanding luncheon which received very favorable responses from both legislators and Commonwealth North members.

This year we will host the program online and have moderated breakout rooms for several rounds of small group discussions with legislators.   This is not a campaign, political debate, or cross-examination. It is an opportunity to discuss key issues with well-informed, thoughtful Alaskans.

Thank you to our program sponsors!

ConocoPhillips
Northrim Bank

Alaska Chiropractic Association

Sponsorships Available

Contact the CWN office at events@commonwealthnorth.org for details.

Date:
Friday, December 4th
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
Online

Energy Policy Study Group

Blue Fuels – A Review of the Technology, Financial Outlook, and Implications for Hydrogen & Ammonia in Alaska

Mark A. Foster

Friday, December 4th

noon-1pm

Online

Mark’s PowerPoint can be downloaded here

Mark will review his research into the science and technology emerging in the blue fuels market and the potential financial implications for Alaska’s energy outlook and international markets.

Mark is an engineer and management consultant. He has served as CFO and OMB Director for the Anchorage School District, board member for Alaska Power and Telephone and Anchorage Municipal Light & Power, Commissioner at the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, and lead engineer for the Fairbanks Municipal Utility System.

The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.

How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.

Date:
Wednesday, October 14th
Time:
8am-9am
Location:
Online

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 providers are using the Arctic environment and new technologies to expand electrification, decarbonization, and a brighter energy future.

Speakers:

  • Rob Roys, Deployment Driector – Launch Alaska
  • Ingemar Mathiasson, Energy Manager – Northwest Arctic Borough
  • Matt Bergan, Wind Farm Project Engineer – Kotzebue Electric Association

The program is free of charge but please register to receive login details.   How to Zoom You can join us from any computer, smart phone, or tablet by clicking the link emailed to you after registration. If you plan to connect by tablet or smartphone, I recommend visiting Zoom.com prior to the program to download the app. You can watch this tutorial for more information.