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Wednesday, November 29th
The Petroleum Club 3301 C St.

Commonwealth North Presents: Off the Grid
Energy for a Sustainable Alaska

Wednesday, November 29th
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage (3301 C St.)

Join Commonwealth North when we host a panel of experts to give an overview of what’s currently happening with renewable energy and energy efficiency in rural Alaska. The discussion will include the challenges that rural Alaskans face in providing heat, electric and transportation energy for themselves, and how rural Alaska is becoming a test-bed for technologies that have worldwide application.

As a primer for this program, you may wish to review Commonwealth North’s energy report, Energy for a Sustainable Alaska – The Rural Conundrum.

Our Panel Will Include

Chris Rose
Founder and Executive Director
Renewable Energy Alaska Project

Meera Kohler
President and CEO
Alaska Village Electric Cooperative

Cady Lister
Chief Economist
Alaska Energy Authority

Dave Pelunis-Messier
Rural Energy Coordinator
Tanana Chiefs Conference

Legislative Agenda 2018:

CWN’s 11th Annual Legislator Meet & Greet

Wednesday, December 13th

noon – 1:30pm

Dena’ina Center – 3rd Floor Ballroom

Each year in December, we invite the next year’s legislature to be our guests at this luncheon. The Senate President and House Speaker keynote this event to present their legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Then, several rounds of table conversations, our members and legislators discuss the critical issues facing our state. Each legislator is seated at a table with about nine participants. After 15-20 minutes of conversation, legislators change to an adjacent table for the next round of discussion and so on. It’s a great format, and we always get positive feedback from legislators and our members who find this exchange information and opinions to be a valuable experience.

This is not a campaign event or a cross-examination. It’s a chance for well-informed Alaskans to discuss vital policy issues with each other in advance of the 2018 legislative session.

We had an excellent turnout last year with a third of the legislature in attendance. This is a unique chance for you to have open and unscripted conversations with our members.


Thank you to our program sponsors!


Alaska Chiropractic Society

November 14, 2017
Petroleum Club 3301 C St.

Commonwealth North Presents:
A Shareholder’s Report for Alaskans
Our 11th annual review of Alaska’s assets

Tuesday, November 14th, Noon – 1:30PM,

The Petroleum Club of Anchorage

This program has sold-out

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 state-owned corporations. 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.

Mead Treadwell, President of Pt Capital and President of Commonwealth North, will lead the presentation along with a panel of Alaska’s senior asset managers and financial experts including, Jerry Burnett, Deputy Commissioner of Revenue; Andy Mack, Commissioner of DNR, Angela Rodell, CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation; and Joe Beedle, Chairman of Northrim Bank. Check back to our website as we announce additional panel members.

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.


Video of this program is available here.

The PowerPoint can be downloaded here.


Thank you to Northrim Bank for sponsoring this event!

Northrim Bank

Join us Wednesday, September 20th, at the Anchorage Museum when we continue our Alaskan author series with Malcolm and Cindy Roberts, authors of, Magic Moments: Battles Worth Fighting and Joys Worth Celebrating: An Alaska Memoir.

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Brian E. Davies Chugach Gallery (4th floor)
625 C Street

Please use the main entrance of the museum and sign-in with the
Commonwealth North sign-in sheet at the front desk.

September 13th
Malcolm and Cindy Roberts

Magic Moments: Battles Worth Fighting and Joys Worth Celebrating
An Alaska Memoir

November 17th
Petroleum Club 3301 C St.

Reducing the High Cost of Health Care:
Implementing a State Health Care Authority

Friday, November 17th
The Petroleum Club of Anchorage
7:30am – 8:30am

Click here to watch video of this program.

Click here to download the program’s  PowerPoint presentation.

Commonwealth North will present a panel to discuss the findings of the State’s recent Health Care Authority Feasibility Study which examined the creation a health care authority to coordinate health care plans and consolidate purchasing effectiveness for all state employees, retired state employees, retired teachers, Medicaid recipients, University of Alaska employees, employees of state corporations, and school district employees.

The study includes four reports focused on:

  • Pooling and purchasing opportunities for employees/retiree benefits
  • Coordinated plan administration
  • Purchasing opportunities and Alaska market issues
  • Medicaid alignment opportunities and HCA structures

Our panel will include Mark Foster, Principal, Mark A. Foster & Associates, and Emily Ricci, Health Care Policy Administrator, Department of Administration. Check back here as we confirm additional panelists.

This event will also serve as a meeting of CWN’s Health Care Study Group which recently received a new charge from our board of directors to identify Alaskan solutions to the rising cost of health care. To be added to the Health Care Study Group’s email announcement list, please email  events@commonwealthnorth.org.

CWN Members $30, Guests $40

Sponorships Available.
Contact Aaron at events@commonwealthnorth.org for details.

Commonwealth North Hosts the UAA Seawolf Debate Team!

October 25th – The Petroleum Club of Anchorage

Video of this program is now available online.

3301 C St. Suite 120

12pm – 1pm (doors open at 11:45am)

Be it resolved: “The U.S. should implement a single payer model of health care.”
Commonwealth North is proud to once again host the internationally award winning University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate Team. In past years, the Seawolf debate team has performed engaging and upbeat debates before the Commonwealth North membership and we are pleased to welcome the team back again this year to address another important public policy topic.

On October 25th, the team will debate both sides of whether the US should implement a single payer health care system. In the traditional debate style, the audience will be invited to join in with the energy of the debate by cheering for the arguments that are particularly clever and effective. We will also poll the audience before and after the debate to gauge how the team’s arguments can sway public opinion. Join Commonwealth North and the UAA debate team for a rousing and fun afternoon of discussion and well-reasoned arguments.

Commonwealth north has long been an advocate of debate and public dialogue to address the vital public policy issues facing our state. Regularly hosting the University of Alaska Anchorage debate team is one way we encourage public policy discussions and also showcase the talent of some of Alaska’s future leaders.
Thank you to our program sponsors!

Fiscal Policy Study Group

We will not be having a meeting on Friday October 27th.

Next Meeting, November 3rd

7:30am – 8:30am
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E. 36th Ave. Between Old Seward and Denali St.

Note our meeting location!
Fiscal Policy Study Group Meeting
Grover Norquist – Americans for Tax Reform
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
4000 Credit Union Drive
(near the corner of 40th Ave. and C St.)
Friday, October 6th
Friday morning we will have a video conference briefing with Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, to discuss Alaska’s the effect state tax programs have on a state’s economy.
Grover Norquist has been instrumental in national conservative movements to limit taxation. As we debate potential solutions to the state’s fiscal challenges, it is important to examine a variety of opinions from Alaskans and others to determine if their approach to tax policy is appropriate for an Alaskan solution. Norquist holds an MBA and a BA from Harvard University.
October 7, 2017
Anchorage Museum 625 C St.

Be part of Alaska’s “Time Capsule” for the 150th anniversary
of the Alaska Purchase!

Commonwealth North Symposium
Saturday, October 7th
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
625 C Street

Be part of our all-day symposium to examine at least seven frontiers Alaskans have worked to advance since the Alaska Purchase and continue to advance today.

In 1867, some Americans derided the Alaska purchase as “Seward’s Folly,” “Walrussia,” “a Polar Bear Garden,” “Seward’s Icebox,” and “a sucked orange,” suggesting Alaska’s resources and potential were small or already used up by the departing Russians. This year, Commonwealth North celebrates 150 years of Alaska under the American flag with a series of events and publications showing not only that the purchase was “worth it” but also showing a vision of further contributions the people of this state can make to U.S. and global economics, security, knowledge and culture.

This symposium will be memorialized in a special report to be published as a book in cooperation with the Anchorage Museum, with supplemental publications and public presentations. Overall, it will attempt two things: show highlights of our history and our current contribution to the US; and second, visions Alaskans have of what their future path and contributions will be.

Attending this symposium makes you a member of this study group and a coauthor of an enduring publication – a testimonial to the “pioneering” Alaskans have done – and have yet to do!

Information about parking at the museum

Fall Special Session Agenda
Governor Bill Walker

Petroleum Club of Anchorage
3301 C St.
September 29th


Thank you to Mort and Anne Plumb for sponsoring today’s program!

Click here for video.

Last week, CWN hosted a sold-out program with a distinguished panel including Governor Bill Walker; Department of Revenue Commissioner Sheldon Fisher; and Scott Kendall, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, to discuss the Governor’s recent call for a special legislative session in October. The Legislature will convene on October 23rd to address public safety issues and raising new state revenue through a payroll tax. On the call are Senate Bill 54, which addresses Class-C felonies, and a bill to enact a flat wage tax. The Governor has proposed a payroll tax of 1.5 percent of wages earned by Alaskans and non-resident workers, capped at $2,200 or twice the previous year’s permanent fund dividend amount—whichever is higher.

Commonwealth North has been contributing to Alaska’s fiscal policy dialogue since 1980 with reports and forums addressing sustainable budgets, the Permanent Fund, additional revenue generation, and ways to better manage state spending. Our Fiscal Policy Study Group meets on a regular basis to closely examine the state’s fiscal challenges and identify effective recommendations for policy makers to help reduce state spending, identify strategies to meet the state’s fiscal needs, and examine the implications of new revenue options. Our most recent report, The States Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities (Update), is available on our website.

The Governor’s proclamation can be viewed here.


Fiscal Policy Study Group

Friday September 22nd

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center



We will continue our work to examine the Legislature’s revenue options and their implications to Alaskans in anticipation of a special legislative session later this year.

We have posted on our website several resources on state revenue that the group will be reviewing over the next several weeks. You can view those online revenue reports here.

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