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Energy Action Coalition

Opportunities & Challenges of a Chugach Electric / ML&P Merger

Friday, August 23rd

noon-1pm

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

500 W 36th Avenue

 

Mark Foster, Principal at Mark A. Foster and Associates, will give us his analysis of the opportunities and challenges associated with the proposed acquisition of ML&P by Chugach Electric Association.

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.

 

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Alaska USA

Date:
August 21st, 2019
Time:
7:30am-8:30am
Location:
3301 C Street

CWN Presents
The Value of Civic Education

August 21st
7:30am-8:30am

Breakfast
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C Street

Video of this program is available online.

Commonwealth North welcomes Jon Parrish Peede, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to our August forum. He will discuss the value of civic education in growing our communities. For over thirty years, CWN’s mission has been to educate Alaskans on the critical issues facing our state and identify effective solutions. We believe it is essential that Alaskans are well informed and engage in the public arena to debate the policies that will create opportunities and improve the quality of life for Alaskans.

 

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

President Lyndon Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act in 1965 to support research, preservation, education, and public programs in the humanities. NEH has awarded more than 64,000 grants since 1965, totaling $5.5 billion, and has leveraged in today’s dollars nearly $4.1 billion in private matching donations. That public investment has led to the creation of books, films, museum exhibits, and online resources.

Jon Parrish Peede’s previous positions include publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) at the University of Virginia, literature grants director at the National Endowment for the Arts, counselor to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, director of the NEA Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience program, director of the NEA Big Read program, director of communications at Millsaps College, and editor at Mercer University Press with a focus on the humanities. He has written speeches for a U.S. president, a first lady, and a librarian of Congress. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi.

Table sponsorships available

Contact the CWN office at (907) 258-9524 for details.

Date:
July 19, 2019
Time:
noon-1pm
Location:
The Dena’ina Center 600 W 7th Ave

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)

Video of this event is now available online.

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 Energy and Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the Chairman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and is also a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Commonwealth North was co-founded by former Governors Walter J. Hickel and William A. Egan in 1979 to lead Alaskans to adopt enlightened policies that enhance Alaskans’ quality of life and improve the State’s ability to effectively manage its resources. Our mission is to educate our members and other Alaskans on the significant public policy issues affecting our state and to identify effective solutions. Commonwealth North is a non-partisan educational non-profit organization.

Thank you to Lynden for sponsoring this program!

Table sponsorships available

Contact the CWN office at (907) 258-9524 for details.

 

Individual Tickets

CWN Members $30, Non-Members $40

Fiscal Policy Study Group
School Bond Debt Reimbursement Program
Friday, August 16th
8:00am-9:00am
(doors open at 7:45am)
First National Bank Alaska, Operations Center
1751 Gambell St
Friday morning, we will be joined by Dr. Deena Bishop, Superintendent of Anchorage Schools, and Alexander Slivka, Chief Fiscal Officer at the Municipality of Anchorage. They will discuss their perspective of the State’s debt management and school bond debt reimbursement program.
CWN Food Security Study Group
 
Friday, August 9th
8:00am-9:00am
(doors open at 7:45am)
 
First National Bank Alaska, Operations Center
1751 Gambell St
Friday morning we will have two briefings via teleconference. Note our meeting location at FNBA on Gambell.
  • David Weisz, President and CEO of Three Bears Alaska, will discuss Alaska’s food supply chain and contingencies in the event of a disruption.

 

  • Nicole Gueck, Risk Management Specialist at Agrilogic Consulting, LLC, a Texas based agricultural consulting firm that has been advising Alaskan farmers for decades. They utilize USDA grants and other federal programs to help farmers with crop insurance, recovering from a natural disasters, and other consulting services. They also assist new farmers entering the business.
 FNBA
Fiscal Policy Study Group
Friday, August 2nd
8:00am-9:00am
 
First National Bank Alaska, Operations Center
1751 Gambell St
On Friday we will have a briefing from Tim Mearig, Facilities manager for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Tim will discuss the role of State debt in funding education. He will give us an historical perspective of education funding sources in Alaska as well as State funding options such as grants, school bond reimbursement and the Rural Education Attendance Area Fund.

Commonwealth North Reception

An evening with an Alaska Dinosaur Hunter!

Monday, July 29th

5:30pm-7:30pm

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage

3301 C Street

 

Tonight, Commonwealth North will host a reception of good food, drinks, conversation, and dinosaurs! It’s a fun, family-friendly event, so we encourage you to bring your kids!

On Monday evening we will host paleontologist Anthony Fiorillo, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator at the Ross Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. He will share his stories from his dinosaur hunts and what his groundbreaking work in Alaska can tell us about Alaska’s past, its environment, and our future.

Tony’s presentation can be viewed online here.

Dr. Fiorillo made news in 2001 when he found the first record of a dinosaur in any Alaskan national park. Since then, he has found dinosaur fossils in four Alaska national parks, including Denali National Park and Preserve, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and Yukon-Charlie Rivers National Preserve. He is the author of over 100 papers and recently published the book, Alaska Dinosaurs: An Ancient Arctic World.

Dr. Fiorillo has been the Curator of Earth Sciences since 1995 and is a research affiliate for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While he has collected fossils throughout North America and parts of Asia, he has primarily worked in western Texas and Alaska. His pursuits have resulted in numerous discoveries including a new species of a tyrannosaur. His work on ancient terrestrial ecosystems has taken him into over a dozen units of the National Park Service and won him national recognition in 2007, receiving the National Park Service, Alaska Region Natural Resource Research Award.

 

There is no charge to attend. Beer, wine and spirits will be available for purchase.

Please RSVP to events@commonwealthnorth.org, or dial (907) 566-2396

Thank you to The Petroleum Club of Anchorage for sponsoring this event!

 Fiscal Policy Study Group

 Fiscal Policy Study Group

 July 26th

8am-9:30am

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

4300 Boniface Parkway

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On Friday morning, we will have briefings from Bryan Butcher, CEO/Executive Director at AHFC, Michael Strand, CFO at AHFC, and Tom Boutin, CEO at AIDEA, to discuss how they issue and manage debt and their process for evaluating and advancing projects in Alaska.
This program is a continuation of our series to understand the State of Alaska’s debt management practices and to identify potential public policy recommendations.

 

AHFC’s PowerPoint presentation.

Energy Action Coalition

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

500 W 36th Avenue

Room 201

noon-1pm

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Pat Galvin, Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel with Great Bear Petroleum, will give us an update on Great Bear’s current projects including Alkaid, its new discovery on the North Slope, and the other exploration targets.

 

 

Food Security Study Group

Alaska Village Initiatives

Wednesday, July 24th

8am-9am

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We will continue our discussion of Health Impact Assessments as a potential tool for understating how public policies can impact food security. We will be joined by Sarah Yoder, Public Health Specialist and Deputy Environmental Public Health Program Manager at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. She will discuss the department’s Health Impact Assessment program and examples of its use in Alaska and other states.

Click here to see the department’s webpage on HIAs and links to resources such as their HIA Tool Kit.

 



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