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Municipal Light & Power Update

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Mark A. Johnston, General Manager

On Friday, June 30th, Mark A. Johnson, General Manager, ML&P gave the Energy Action Coalition an update on ML&P’s operations, projects for 2017, and discussed the Plant 2A expansion project.

His presentation can be downloaded here.

On June 13th, CWN hosted a lunch and a panel discussion with Kathy Moffitt, Director, Special Projects, Anchorage School District, and Herb Schroeder, Ph.D., Founder of UAA’s Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program. They discussed education in Alaska and innovative approaches to education that encourage Alaskan students to become Alaskan teachers.  We had a great turnout with a sold-out room.  Education in Alaska is clearly a timely and important topic, and we look forward to additional forums on education this year.

 

Kathy Moffitt’s presentation can be downloaded here.

Alaskans are struggling with recent data that highlights the need to improve student achievement to meet the metrics demanded by employers, colleges and universities. To engage students at a young age to become teachers, and achieve a system that efficiently and effectively equips Alaska’s students for the demands of the future workforce or the new challenges of post-secondary education, we should be informed and attentive to the needs of our school districts and evaluate teacher training programs, both in Alaska and outside Alaska, that have produced high quality teachers and have generated sustained above-average student achievement results to ensure that limited financial, managerial, and recruitment resources are directed toward teacher training and that is likely to yield positive results for Alaska’s students.

Kathy Moffitt understands K-12 education. In her 34 years as an educator, she has worked in the elementary, middle, and high school settings. Currently, Kathy works as Director of Innovations and Administrative Projects for Anchorage School District (ASD). She has been involved in the startup of ASD’s newest school, Alaska Middle College School, the first place-based dual credit/concurrent enrollment program in the state of Alaska. In addition, she is a leader in looking at other innovative ways to enhance opportunities for students within ASD.

In 2015, Kathy was honored by the Center for Digital Education as a K-20 education leader; as such, she was recognized as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America.
Herb Schroeder

Dr. Herb Schroeder created the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) in 1995 with a single Alaska Native engineering undergraduate.  ANSEP has evolved into a longitudinal education model that provides a continuous string of components to over 2,000 students beginning in sixth grade, continuing through high school, into engineering and science undergraduate majors, and through graduate school to the PhD.  The Urban Institute has found that ANSEP students outperform national averages for all students at every education level.

Dr. Schroeder has been recognized with a 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the 2005 Alaska Federation of Natives Denali Award, the greatest honor presented by the Federation to a non-Native, and the 2009 National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Reginald H. Jones Distinguished Service Award (Founders Award) created to honor individuals whose efforts and accomplishments have resulted in increased underrepresented minority participation in the nation’s engineering workforce.

ANSEP has been recognized in 2012 as one of the Top 25 Innovations in Government from the Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Center for Democratic Governance, a  2013 Partners in Conservation Award, with the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Area Science Center for exemplary collaborations between Department of the Interior, its bureaus, and organizations across the country that take innovative approaches towards conservation of America’s public lands and resources, and a 2014 U.S. Department of Energy Minorities in Energy Award.  ANSEP partner organizations have provided funding for the 13,000-square foot canoe shaped ANSEP Building that was opened in 2006 on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to provide a focal point for ANSEP and in 2009 provided funds for the Dr. Herbert P. Schroeder Chair of ANSEP endowed chair.

 

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Implementation Strategies Discussions and Subcommittee Break-Out Sessions
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
Friday, July 28th
7:30am-8:30am

We have had great discussions at recent meetings as we work to refine the most effective ways we can impact state fiscal policy and process. On Friday, we will continue our discussions and have work sessions for our subcommittees on revenue and legislative process.

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Avenue between Old Seward and Denali St.

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Implementation Strategies Discussion and Study Topics
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
Friday, July 21st
7:30am-8:30am

We have had great discussions at recent meetings as we work to refine the most effective ways we can impact state fiscal policy and process.  Tomorrow morning, we will continue our strategy discussion for implementing our 2017 report suggestions and develop additional topics for further study.

If you have not yet done so, I recommend downloading and reviewing our 2017 report, “The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities (Update).”

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Avenue between Old Seward and Denali St.

Implementation Strategies Discussion
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
Friday, July 14th
7:30am-8:30am

On Friday morning, we discussed our strategy for implementing the group’s for helping the state meet its fiscal challenges including the recommendations developed in our most recent report. We  also discussed topics for further study by the group.

If you have not yet done so, I recommend downloading and reviewing our 2017 report, “The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities (Update).”


Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Avenue between Old Seward and Denali St.

Implementation Strategies Discussion
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
Friday, July 7th
7:30am-8:30am
Join us Friday morning as we continue our strategy discussions about how the Fiscal Action Coalition can move forward with implementing some of the ideas and recommendations we have identified in our report, “The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities (Update).” We will also discuss the next study topics and guest speakers for the group.

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Avenue between Old Seward and Denali St.

BTC

Implementation Strategies Discussion
Alaska Communications Business Technology Center
Friday, July 7th
7:30am-8:30am
Join us Friday morning for a strategy discussion about how the Fiscal Action Coalition can move forward with implementing some of the ideas and recommendations we have identified to help the state meet its fiscal challenges including recommendations developed in our report, “The State’s Operating Budget: Critical Crossroads, Choices, and Opportunities (Update).”

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Avenue between Old Seward and Denali St.

BTC

This Friday, Representative Lance Pruitt joined us in person to discuss the recent compromise on the operating budget and what’s next for the Legislature’s special session. Representative Pruitt sits on the House Finance Committee. 

 

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

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

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The June 23rd Fiscal Action Coalition is postponed.

 

Please plan to join us next week on June 30th, 7:30am-8:30am, at the Alaska Communications Business Technology Center.

 

 

 

On Friday, June 16th, we continued our series, Coffee with the Bradners. Mike and Tim Bradner joined us for an update on the latest news from the legislative session in Juneau. This series in an excellent opportunity for you to get an in-depth look at the political scene in Juneau and keep a pulse on current issues and legislation that are being discussed on the floor. It’s also an opportunity for Mike and Tim to hear from CWN members what he should keep in mind when reporting from Juneau.

Note the meeting location!

Alaska Communications Business Technology Center

600 E 36th Ave.

On 36th between Old Seward and Denali St.

Mike Bradner is a former Speaker of the House (1975-76) and 10-year member of the State House of Representatives (1966-1976) representing Fairbanks. Since 1976 Mike has published Legislative Digest and done consulting work. During his legislature tenure Mike was instrumental in development of state and local revenue-sharing, state petroleum tax and pipeline regulation policy developed in the 1970s, and the Alaska Permanent Fund, created in 1976 when Mike was Speaker of the House.

Tim Bradner is the editor of Alaska Inc. magazine and has been writing about Alaska natural resources projects since 1966. He was a lobbyist before the state Legislature for BP and Standard Oil of Ohio from 1972 to 1984, when he left to attend graduate school. Since returning to Alaska in 1986, Tim has worked with his brother Mike on Legislative Digest and its sister publication, Alaska Economic Report, as well as writing for other publications, such as the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

 



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